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The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)

A documentary-style drama about the "Fouke Monster", a Bigfoot-type creature that has been sighted in and around Fouke, Arkansas since the 1950s.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vern Stierman ...
Narrator (voice)
Chuck Pierce Jr. ...
Jim as Boy
William Stumpp ...
Jim as Adult
Willie E. Smith ...
Willie
Lloyd Bowen ...
Himself
B.R. Barrington ...
Himself
J.E. 'Smokey' Crabtree ...
Himself (as Smokey Crabtree)
Travis Crabtree ...
Himself
John P. Hixon ...
Himself
John W. Oates ...
Himself
Buddy Crabtree ...
James Crabtree
Jeff Crabtree ...
Fred Crabtree
Judy Baltom ...
Mary Beth Searcy
Mary B. Johnson ...
Sister
Louise Searcy ...
Herself
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A documentary-style drama which questions the existence of a monster in an Arkansas swamp. It is really more of a glimpse at lower-class swamp culture from the seventies, though, than a monster flick. Written by Sean Taylor <st52@cornell.edu>

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The Monster Is Loose! See more »

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7 June 1973 (Canada)  »

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Tracking the Fouke Monster  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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Nearly all of the cast never appeared in another film. See more »

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In the scene where Mr. Turner and the Ford brothers are on the porch shooting at the monster, Turner's flashlight alternates between a regular size flashlight and a large lantern flashlight (the same lantern flashlight the Constable gives them later). See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Wild Man of the Navidad (2008) See more »

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Nobody Sees the Flowers But Me
Words by Earl E. Smith
Music by Jaime Mendoza-Nava
Sung by Jimmy Collins
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A genre of its own.
7 April 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

First things first- The Legend of Boggy Creek is in a class of its own, literally. This film is part Documentary, part Drama, part Musical(!) and 100% classic horror/speculation/fantasy, not to mention historical document (if you believe that Bigfoot's for real). But did you know that Bigfoot wasn't just tooling around the Pacific-Northwestern USA? Oh no. Apparently he likes to vacation in a little place called Fouke, Arkansas. At least he did back in the 70's when he was most active and when The Legend of Boggy Creek takes place.

"Boggy Creek" was a runaway low-budget smash hit in the mid 70's. Sequels tried to cash in on its success, but to no avail. Like the Blair Witch much later once the public had had its initial scare the magic was gone. I personally viewed the film at the theater during it's first release, and the kids packing the cinema ate it up, and yucked it up too, as perhaps the greatest genius of this film is that it is not only loaded with scares and suspense, and the famous monster of course, but also is loaded with (sometimes inadvertent) humor, as well as a musical score which lulls you into a sense that you are watching a harmless and serene Disney wildernesss travelogue, that's it! That's what it is. It's like "Charly the Lonesome Cougar" with a blood thirsty monster!

This film is one of the most remembered movies from the 70's because it was so unique and effective. It is funny, and it is pleasant to watch. It is hilariously cheap, but only with the DVD freeze-frame can you really tell that the Bigfoot is actually a guy in an gorilla costume (seriously). And since the people in the cast are purported to be the actual folks who this actually happened to, you can't fault their terrible acting either, but you sure can have a good laugh at their expense.


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