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Creature from Black Lake (1976)

 -  Drama | Horror | Mystery  -  March 1976 (USA)
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Two men exploring the Lousiana swamps run into a Bigfoot-type creature.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Canton
Grandpaw Bridges
John David Carson ...
Bill Thurman ...
Sheriff Billy Carter
Orville Bridges
Roy Tatum ...
Fred / Creature
Cathryn Hartt ...
Eve (waitress) (as Catherine McClenny)
Becky Smiser ...
Becky Carter
Michelle Willingham ...
Evelyn Hindricks ...
Grandma Bridges
Roger Pancake ...
Karen Brooks ...
Orville's mother
Chase Tatum ...
Baby Orville
Bob Kyle ...


Some fishermen are attacked in the Louisiana swamps. When the word gets out of a mysterious Bigfoot-type creature, two researchers come to a small town to study and hopefully discover what the beast is. Their research from some farmers help the two men to learn that the creature may be a very angry and murderous missing link. Written by Wallace Entertainment

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creature | swamp | louisiana | water | sheriff | See more »


Drama | Horror | Mystery


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March 1976 (USA)  »

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Creature from Black Lake  »

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The two main characters meet their newfound dates outside a café in northern Louisiana in summer, just after the college year ends, and invite them to meet at their campsite at 7:30, then 7:00pm. Sunset at this latitude in June is close to 8:30pm and it is not completely dark until 9pm then and there (DST), yet it is completely dark when the girls arrive. See more »


Joe Canton: I'm gonna get my shotgun and make a rug outta that damn thing!
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Referenced in The Streets of San Francisco: One Last Trick (1977) See more »


Exits and Truckstops
Written and Performed by Jim McCullough Jr.
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For it's time and budget, a good Bigfoot film....
30 May 2002 | by (Hartwell, GA) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie in the now defunct 'Jerry Lewis Cinemas' chain when I was a teenager. Living in a rural, and I mean rural area, the movie affected my brother and I that summer. My little brother wouldn't go near the woods at our house (all we had around were woods, LOL), and would check all the door locks before going to bed for almost a month because of this movie.

Myself, well, I'd get some goosebumps when I was riding my motorcycle through the woods. But back to the movie. You either love it or hate it. Black Lake does have some slow scenes, but does deliver a punch, especially with Dub Taylor's flashback scenes. Jack Elam made the movie for me, I just wished they had given him more screen-time. I loved the way he chewed up his lines!

The creature is never really seen in detail, just in shadows or blurry footage, but that adds to the suspense. It's available on VHS or VCD from Bijou Flix. Watched it the other day with my wife and teen daughters....and it did scare them.

For its time and budget, a good Bigfoot film IMHP.

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