THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK (1972)
Directed by – Charles Pierce
Staring – The Town of Fouke, Arkansas
‘The Legend of Boggy Creek’ is a 1972 low budget horror film by Charles Pierce. It’s the film that started the “Bigfootsplotation” boom of the early and mid 70s. Sure there had been films before this about Bigfoot, and well most of them are really really awful. Some films like “Curse of Bigfoot” are near unwatchable messes. “Boggy Creek” also had a hand in a genre that has been showing its head recently. I’m referring to the found footage genre. Of course you could say Blair Witch started it, and if you’re more of an exploitation nerd you would correct people and say it was “Cannibal Holocaust”, but I believe this film planted the seeds for that genre more so then any other.
“Boggy Creek” is shot like a documentary for this most part. There are interviews with people in the town about the monster and occasionally footage of the monster stalking people in the woods and swamps. The Documentary feel of the film is actually pretty well done for the most part and actually feels more genuine then Future Bigfoot documentaries that end up on TV now.
In some parts this does fall apart a little though, toward the end of the film it goes more into straight horror territory with the young couples house being attacked. And the other problem that ruins the illusion is the Bigfoot suit. For the most part though the director acknowledges the suit they have is shitty, and they manages to hide it in the shadows for most of the scenes.
“Boggy Creek” is my personal favorite Bigfoot movie from the 70s and recommend anyone interested in 70s monster movies to check it out. It can be rather cheesy in parts, but the influence this film has is huge, even on today’s film market.
Pretty good atmosphere
The Songs are amazing
Documentary feel that really helps hide the films low budget
It’s a Bigfoot movie!
Might be a little too cheesy for some people
When the movie tries to be a straight up horror film It falls a little flat.
Overall I would say yes to seeing this movie and would give it **** out of *****.
“Boggy Creek” is a well made atmospheric film, and I think it could provide inspiration to many low budget filmmakers out there. Charles Pierce made this film on a 100,000 budget, which was low even for 1972, and he made 20 million on the film. In terms of budget to gross it was pretty much the “Paranormal Activity” of the 1970s. Not that I’m comparing the quality of the two films.” As Boggy Creek” is obviously superior.