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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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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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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 »

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

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Exits and Truckstops
Written and Performed by Jim McCullough Jr.
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Very impressive
21 September 2006 | by Chromium_fiveSee all my reviews

This was one of the many low-budget Bigfoot movies made in the 70s, all of which were probably attempts to cash in on the success of "The Legend of Boggy Creek," which somehow took in $20 million. Despite being unoriginal, I think this is a MUCH better movie than "Creek" and possibly the best Bigfoot movie ever made, take that as you will.

Whereas "Creek" suffered from having no plot, no main characters, and insane musical numbers, "Lake" has a tense, engaging story with a great cast. The last 15 minutes are unexpectedly suspenseful and had me hooked. It also has some very funny scenes, especially during the second half when we are introduced to Trapper Joe (played by fantastic character actor Jack Elam). Joe is hilarious, although I'm still slightly creeped out by the fact that he had a large doll hanging by a string in his bedroom.

Besides the characters, I also just like the look and feel of this movie, with the brown, dusty backgrounds and eerie forests. The settings are great and create an unforgettable atmosphere. If you're looking for a low-budget thriller that, while not exactly scary, is at least fun and exciting, this one is hard to beat.


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