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BOGGY CREEK-United States-87 Mins. 2010

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Texas Battle as Tommy Davis in Boggy Creek

Texas Battle as Tommy Davis in Boggy Creek

Stephanie Honore as Brooke Tyler in Boggy Creek

Stephanie Honore as Brooke Tyler in Boggy Creek

Damon Lipari as Dave Marshall in Boggy Creek

Damon Lipari as Dave Marshall in Boggy Creek

Shavon Kirksey as Maya Jones in Boggy Creek

Shavon Kirksey as Maya Jones in Boggy Creek

Melissa Carnell as Jennifer Dupree in Boggy Creek

Melissa Carnell as Jennifer Dupree in Boggy Creek

Directed by Brian T. Jaynes

Written by Brian T. Jaynes and Jennifer Minar

Five things that I liked about Boggy Creek:

1. There are beautiful shots of the swamp and the moss hanging low over the water from the trees.

2. There are beautiful shots of the swamp and the moss hanging low over the water from the trees.

3. There are beautiful shots of the swamp and the moss hanging low over the water from the trees.

4. There are beautiful shots of the swamp and the moss hanging low over the water from the trees.

5. There are beautiful shots of the swamp and the moss hanging low over the water from the trees.

That was the good part of Boggy Creek, now let’s look at the things I hated about the film; i.e., everything else.

1. The plot, if you take away the monster, plays out like a Hallmark Channel movie about a young girl, Jennifer, who comes to grips with the death of her father with the help of her friends Maya, Tommy, Dave and Brooke and by traveling to his old cabin in the woods of Boggy Creek to make peace with her past. It’s a good thing I keep a supply of Kleenex nearby as I found myself tearing up quite a bit.

2. The level of gore in Boggy Creek is non-existent aside from a few shots of entrails and a boar lying torn and bleeding on the hood of a car. You would think that a film about an 8 foot tall creature that could tear a person limb from limb with one hand whilst eating Jack Link’s beef jerky with another would have a hell of a lot more gore to it.

3. The death of a main character doesn’t occur until one hour and 10 minutes into the hour and 27 minute running time of Boggy Creek. I’ve heard of a screenwriter or author liking a character too much to want to kill them off but this is ridiculous.

4. The main character, Jennifer, is a runner. There’s a line that mentions that she goes on runs every morning. As soon it comes time for her to run from the big bad Bigfoot she tires out after a short distance. Do you know what I call being chased by a Bigfoot? I call it incentive to haul ass. What are you going to do; argue with it that it doesn’t exist?

5. There’s a sub-plot about a guy living next door whose wife was abducted by the creature. It only serves to give us a character that we will call “Scary Guy with Rifle Who Walks in the Woods Looking Solemn”.

Finally, we come to the main reason why I hated 99 and 44⁄100 per cent of Boggy Creek:

6. Bigfoot resembles a discarded throw rug combined with a Mr. Potato Head kit and is about as frightening as such. I’ve seen people in buffet lines that displayed more ferocity in 10 seconds than the creature in Boggy Creek does in 87 minutes.

There have been countless films made about Bigfoot, Sasquatch, the Fouke Monster or whatever he’s called in your neck of the woods; aside from the documentaries only two of those films, The Legend of Boggy Creek and Abominable, have displayed anything resembling a level of fright and suspense. Boggy Creek is another laughable, forgettable Bigfoot film in a long line of laughable, forgetting Bigfoot films.

NO TRIVIA

0 BLOOD DROPS

Texas Battle also appears in Final Destination 3 and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End.

Stephanie Honore also appears in The Final Destination and Mirrors 2.

Damon Lipari also appears in Shark Night 3D and The Guardian.

Shavon Kirksey also appears in Stalked at 17 and Dragonball: Evolution.

Melissa Carnell also appears in Humans versus Zombies.

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THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK

THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK-United States-1972

Directed by Charles B. Pierce

Screenplay by Earl E. Smith

I said once that it’s easier to tear down a bad film than it is to build up a great one. “The Legend of Boggy Creek” totally flies in the face of that philosophy. Charles B. Pierce’ docudrama about the existence of a Bigfoot like creature in the wilds near Fouke, Arkansas is a new kind of bad that is nearly indefinable. For starters, Pierce decided to cast over 90% of the townsfolk as themselves. It’s bad enough when you suck at portraying another character; but when you suck at playing yourself…well that is a whole new level of suck. There are moments in the film that could be perceived as scary, like the infamous ‘Bigfoot attacks local yokel in the bathroom while he’s taking a crap’ scene. However, Pierce’s direction is so idiotic that he takes the thrills out of each and every scene. The only good idea he came up with was in not showing a clear shot of the creature, thereby leaving its appearance to our imaginations. Even so, “The Legend of Boggy Creek” is cause for Bigfoot to sue for defamation of character.

I wasn’t allowed to see “The Legend of Boggy Creek” when I was a kid. I was ten years old at the time of its release and I suppose my parents thought it would be too traumatic for me. It wasn’t until I was 25 years old before I finally tracked down a copy of the film to watch. That’s like waiting 15 years for a really big turd to come out of my ass.

TRIVIA

The film was a tremendous success at drive-ins. It grossed 22 million dollars, making it the 7th highest grossing movie of its year.

The film is largely based upon actual reported encounters with a Bigfoot creature in the Fouke-Boogy Creek, Arkansas area throughout the 60′s and early 70′s. Most of the actors in the film were the real people from the encounters playing themselves.

Though Vern Stierman narrates the film it’s actually director ‘Charles B. Pierce’ heard interviewing some of the locals during audio clips. Pierce also sings the film’s folk theme song.

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