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The Wild Man of the Navidad -- Based on real-life journals, "Wild Man" is a 70s-inspired drive-in creature feature from the producer of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre which follows a small Texas community terrorized for years by a mysterious beast in the surrounding woods.


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Based on the recently acquired journals of Texan Dale S. Rogers, this vintage horror tale from IFC Films debunks history books to tell the veracious... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Jacob Bargsley ... Kevin Pennell
James Bargsley ... Melvin Pennell
Kevin Bensmiller ... Local - Sighting
Joyce Benton ... Cafe' Patron
Oscar Benton ... Cafe' Patron
Nicole Biggers ... Local - Viewing
Shannon Biggers ... Tanya Lynch
William Booth ... Mack Harris
Doyle Culpepper ... Cafe' Loiterer #1
Murray Cutbirth ... Charlie's Friend #1
Charlie Edwards ... Local (Posse)
Alex Garcia ... Mario Jalisco
Shasta Gaydos ... Darleen McCullough
Edmond Geyer ... Sheriff Lyle Pierce
Kelly Geyer ... Local - Viewing
Kerry Geyer ... Cafe' Patron
Ott Goebel ... Local (Posse)
Bill Graves ... Cafe' Patron

Duane Graves ... Cafe' Marquee Attendant
Gary Graves ... Cafe' Patron
Kevin Graves ... Barney
Tim Harden ... Herb

Kim Henkel ... Lionel / Radio Voice #2
Patrick Hewlett ... Vern Findlay
Wayne Hojnacki ... Charlie's Friend #2
Robert Holland ... Local (Posse)
Gary Houser ... Fred McCullough
William Huie ... Radio Voice #1
Charlie Hurtin ... Karl Crabtree
Harold Jambers ... Gilly Nance
Kenny Johnson ... Local (Posse)
Laura Johnson ... Betty Pierce
Linda Kaatz ... Peggy
Q.T. Kaatz ... Local - Viewing
William McBride ... Boss Man Jack Clem / Narrator
Darren McComb ... Local (Posse)
Andrew McDonald ... Local (Posse)
Patrick McDonnell ... Hog Skinner / Photographer
Abby Meeks ... Local - Viewing
Jack Meeks ... Local - Sighting

Justin Meeks ... Dale S. Rogers
Preston Meeks ... Horseman
Stacy Meeks ... Jean Rogers
Tyra Meeks ... Local - Viewing
Kyle Nelson ... Boater
Arlon Retzloff ... Preacher
Elsie Retzloff ... Local - Viewing
Michael Retzloff ... Young Boy
Otto Retzloff ... Cafe' Loiterer #2
Wes Retzloff ... Local - Posse
David Riecher ... Local - Posse
Virgil Roberts ... Cafe' Patron
Blanton Robertson ... Otis Lockart
Charles Robertson ... Charlie Elam
Lauren Schmitt ... Hillary Benson
John Sholtis ... Virgil Hawkins
Lauren Stett ... Ava Ray
Darryl Stewart ... Local (Sighting)
Ken Williams ... Henry
Tony Wolford ... The Wild Man of the Navidad
Bob Wood ... Earl Smith

Directed by
Duane Graves 
Justin Meeks 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Duane Graves  screenplay
Justin Meeks  screenplay
Dale S. Rogers  story

Produced by
Duane Graves .... executive producer
Kim Henkel .... co-producer
Justin Meeks .... executive producer
Roxanne Robertson .... executive producer
Dale S. Rogers .... associate producer
Lauren Stett .... associate producer
Tony Wolford .... associate producer
Original Music by
James Brand 
Ben Buchanan 
Charlie Hurtin 
Marshall Jones 
James McCrea 
David Turnbow 
Cinematography by
Duane Graves 
Film Editing by
Duane Graves 
Justin Meeks 
Casting by
Justin Meeks 
Production Design by
Duane Graves 
Justin Meeks 
Art Direction by
Justin Meeks 
Set Decoration by
Duane Graves 
Justin Meeks 
Costume Design by
Duane Graves 
Justin Meeks 
Makeup Department
Justin Meeks .... special makeup effects artist
Charles Robertson .... special makeup effects artist
Lauren Stett .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jack Meeks .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stacy Meeks .... second second assistant director
Tony Wolford .... first assistant director
Art Department
Terry Fenner .... carpenter
Duane Graves .... set designer
Patrick Hewlett .... carpenter
Jack Meeks .... property master
Greg Stett .... poster artist
Sound Department
Dylan Booth .... additional adr artist
Danielle Buetow .... additional adr artist
Joel Franco .... boom operator
Duane Graves .... sound designer
Duane Graves .... sound editor
Duane Graves .... sound mixer
Patrick Hewlett .... boom operator
Gary Houser .... boom operator
Justin Meeks .... boom operator
Preston Meeks .... boom operator
Stacy Meeks .... boom operator
Stacy Meeks .... sound
David Riecher .... boom operator
Jose Salaya .... boom operator
Eric Von Wade .... voiceover narration
Tony Wolford .... boom operator
Tony Wolford .... sound
Special Effects by
Justin Meeks .... creature designer
Visual Effects by
James Blizzard .... main title graphics
Duane Graves .... visual effects editor
Tony Wolford .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jacob Bargsley .... grip
Nicole Biggers .... still photographer
Joel Franco .... grip
Duane Graves .... camera operator
Duane Graves .... grip
Corey Gusnowski .... still photographer
Patrick Hewlett .... best boy
Patrick Hewlett .... grip
Gary Houser .... grip
Reese Hunt .... electrician
Justin Meeks .... crane operator
Justin Meeks .... grip
Preston Meeks .... assistant camera
Preston Meeks .... crane operator
Preston Meeks .... grip
Stacy Meeks .... best boy
Stacy Meeks .... still photographer
Paige Morgan .... still photographer
Wes Retzloff .... crane operator
David Riecher .... grip
David Riecher .... still photographer
Jose Salaya .... gaffer
Jose Salaya .... grip
Steve Schmidt .... crane operator
Lauren Stett .... still photographer
Tony Wolford .... best boy
Tony Wolford .... crane operator
Tony Wolford .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna Cerkan .... seamstress
Mary Ann Meeks .... seamstress
Transportation Department
Kevin Bensmiller .... driver
William Booth .... vehicles
Doyle Culpepper .... vehicles
Charlie Edwards .... vehicles
Joel Franco .... vehicles
Patrick Hewlett .... driver
Q.T. Kaatz .... vehicles
Patrick McDonnell .... driver
Jack Meeks .... vehicles
Mary Ann Meeks .... vehicles
Charles Robertson .... vehicles
Troy Stewart .... driver
Other crew
Angelita Arredondo .... animal handler
Kevin Bensmiller .... location manager
Joyce Benton .... location manager
Nicole Biggers .... production assistant
Pete Boening .... location manager
Kelly Bogues .... publicist
Danielle Buetow .... production assistant
Joey Ferguson .... publicist
Margaret Goebel .... production assistant
Corey Gusnowski .... production assistant
Denise Hewlett .... production assistant
Gary Houser .... location manager
Gary Houser .... set mechanic
Della Mauricio .... production assistant
Patrick McDonnell .... production assistant
Charles Meeks .... location manager
Jack Meeks .... location manager
Mary Ann Meeks .... production assistant
Preston Meeks .... animal handler
Preston Meeks .... location manager
Stacy Meeks .... script supervisor
Paige Morgan .... production assistant
Arlon Retzloff .... caterer
David Riecher .... production assistant
Dale S. Rogers .... story consultant
Jose Salaya .... honey wagon attendant
Jose Salaya .... location manager
Gloria Schmidt .... production assistant
John Sholtis .... animal handler
Lauren Stett .... production assistant
Craig Woolheater .... historical consultant
Jimmy Clem .... special thanks
Jake Graves .... in memory of
Charles Mulford .... special thanks
Charles B. Pierce .... special thanks

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86 min
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USA:Not Rated (certificate #23038)
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According to a 2008 interview with the Austin Chronicle, "Wild Man" co-directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks were in talks with The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) creator Charles B. Pierce to bring him aboard as a co-producer. He reportedly turned them down because he instead wanted to direct the project.See more »
Cafe' Loiterer #1:You kill the deer, we drink the beer.See more »
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5 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Decent but Flawed 70's throwback, 20 September 2009
Author: lovecraft231 from United States

Dale (Co-Director Justin Meeks) doesn't want to open his ranch to hunters, but has to because he needs the money. Too bad for him (and them) that a bloodthirsty creature is not keen on trespassers.

Produced by "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" writer Kim Henkel, "The Wild Man of the Navidad" doesn't owe a lot to that seminal classic. Instead, this is more inspired by other 70's Horror/Exploitation fair such as "The Legend of Boggy Creek", "Creature From Black Lake" and "The Town That Dreaded Sundown", with a bit of slasher movie inspiration to match. If the film has one thing going for it, it's that it genuinely feels like a Southern Drive-In Horror Flick from the 70's-the weird, off-kilter score, the bad acting from a cast mostly made up of locals and non-actors, the cheap monster costume, the grainy look, the ultra low budget, almost documentary like feel, the unconvincing gore(who knew intestines looked like cooked steak?)-I could go on and on.

And it's watchable, decent stuff, but not without it's flaws. While bad acting and long stretches of dialog are to be expected out of a movie like this, it really starts to get annoying. The directors also reveal too much of the creature too soon, though it's cheap look has it's charm. The conclusion is also something that needs some work-it just kind of ends, without any real sense of wrap up. Finally, the slow burn style doesn't hurt for the large part, but it even tested my patience eventually, and I tend to be a patient man.

Can I recommend "The Wild Man of the Navidad?" Well, it depends. As a movie, it's decent but too flawed to be enjoyed by some, and those expecting a really fun movie will feel bored. As I said though, the fact that it genuinely feels like an old Southern Grindhouse flick will certainly appeal to those who love such movies, and is worth a look to any curious horror fan.

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