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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.


Joy N. Houck Jr.




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


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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Drama | Horror | Mystery


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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 »


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 »


Pahoo: Was that is? Was that it? Was that the creature?
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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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Lots of suspense
25 August 2005 | by coughlinmSee all my reviews

This movie was to be the last respectful BIGFOOT movie to come out for along time. Hollywood had already begun turning the topic into a pop culture joke starting with the SIX MILLION DOLLER MAN/BIGFOOT travesty. This would eventually lead to the E.T.-ing of our favorite bipedal primate with films like HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS. Hairy hominids just didn't seem very scary following this film. This movie stars one ticked off sasquatch. Even more so than his cousin in the previous film, LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK. The story is about two anthropology students on a trip to investigate a supposed swamp creature in OIL CITY LA. The chills and suspense are plenty, there is a lot of comic relief, especially from veteran actors Jack Elam and Dub Taylor and the acting is miles above The acting in BOGGY CREEK. There is however one major flaw in the script. So much so that I even noticed it when I first saw the movie at age fourteen. You see, in real life most bigfoot investigators spend their entire lives searching for the beast and end up at best finding a few hairs or maybe a foot print or two. I know this is only a Fictional movie but our two main characters seem to be running into this creature constantly from the moment they hit town. This seems even more glaring when you add the fact that most of locals, who presumably have lived there all their lives, have never seen the monster. These two (lucky?) guys have three encounters with the creature, on three consecutive nights, in three different locations, presumably miles apart. You begin to wonder who's searching for who. The movie's continuity would seem smoother if one or two of these three particular encounters were with different characters, and the two main characters show up later to investigate. These issues shouldn't take away from the overall entertainment value of the film, they just seemed obvious to me. If your into all things crypto-, see this movie. Its the last really scary bigfoot flick.

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Release Date:

March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demon of the Lake See more »

Filming Locations:

Bossier City, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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