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Creature from Black Lake (1976)

PG | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | March 1976 (USA)
Two men exploring the Louisiana swamps encounter a Bigfoot-type creature.

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Joy N. Houck Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Elam ... Joe Canton
Dub Taylor ... Grandpaw Bridges
Dennis Fimple ... Pahoo
John David Carson ... Rives
Bill Thurman ... Sheriff Billy Carter
Jim McCullough Jr. Jim McCullough Jr. ... Orville Bridges
Roy Tatum Roy Tatum ... Fred / Creature
Cathryn Hartt Cathryn Hartt ... Eve - Waitress (as Catherine McClenny)
Becky Smiser Becky Smiser ... Becky Carter
Michelle Willingham Michelle Willingham ... Michelle
Evelyn Hindricks Evelyn Hindricks ... Grandma Bridges
Roger Pancake Roger Pancake ... H.B.
Karen Brooks Karen Brooks ... Orville's Mother
Chase Tatum ... Baby Orville
Bob Kyle Bob Kyle ... Rufus
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demon of the Lake See more »

Filming Locations:

Bossier City, Louisiana, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Re-released theatrically in 1982 as part of a multi-film package called "5 Deranged Features". Also on the bill were Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971) (under the title 'They're Coming to Get You'), The Wizard of Gore (1970) (under the title 'House of Torture'), Shriek of the Mutilated (1974) and The Corpse Grinders (1971) (under the title 'Night of the Howling Beast'). See more »

Goofs

When Rives is attacked by the creature while in the van, he defends himself by stabbing the creature multiple times. Seconds later, the creature pushes the van down the hill, causing Rives to be thrown to the back, at which time you can see that his knife is still in the sheath on his belt. See more »

Quotes

Pahoo: Was that is? Was that it? Was that the creature?
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Exits and Truckstops
Written and Performed by Jim McCullough Jr.
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A low-budget sleeper
2 July 2003 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

This is one case where a low budget turns to be an advantage than a liability. The less-polished look and direction give an effective documentary feeling to what's happening. Increasing this feeling are the well-developed characters. The two friends act like real friends, and the locals are believable and not Southern stereotypes. (Even the sheriff turns out to be a decent fellow.) The scenes with the Bridges family are unbelievably good, and you really feel like you are there and enjoying their company. (And I LOVE that catchy song they sing!)

The "stalking" scenes are pretty good as well. The creature is wisely kept hidden, and the emphasis is on atmosphere and potential danger. The climatic scene is the creepiest; a part of it make me wonder if the makers of RITUALS were inspired by it for their own climax. Hopefully this movie will get a DVD release eventually, and add to its cult.


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