Lyle Blackburn has been possessed by monsters and music since childhood. Not only is he the founder of the outlaw horror rock band, Ghoultown, but he is also an avid horror movie fan, monster aficionado, and book author. Growing up in Texas, Lyle has been particularly fascinated with legends, lore, and sighting reports of "real-life monsters." He is the author of the acclaimed book, "The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster" and a featured speaker at cryptozoology and horror conferences around North America. He has been heard on numerous radio programs, including COAST TO COAST, and appeared on television shows such as MONSTERS AND MYSTERIES IN AMERICA and the CBS SUNDAY MORNING SHOW.
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The excellent Monster Movie Talk series – hosted by Ro Sahebi – speaks to famed Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sanchez about his upcoming bigfoot horror film, EXISTS, V/H/S 2, and his childhood interest in bigfoot.
Animal Planet launched Season 5 of its highly successful show, RIVER MONSTERS, on April 7. This season promises to take host Jeremy Wade to many new and interesting locations, including Russia as he hunts for legendary mutant fish in the nuclear wastelands of Chernobyl, and Scotland as he seeks the infamous Loch Ness Monster.
A new series called MONSTERS and MYSTERIES In AMERICA debuted tonight on Discovery’s “Destination America” channel. The first episode, Appalachia, featured some familiar cryptozoo/paranormal creatures such as the Mothman, but also included some lesser-known varieties such as the Sheepsquatch. The show is presented in a docu-drama format with both eye-witness interviews and narration to propel the stories about monsters and legends in specific wilderness regions of the U.S. The film style creates a suitably spooky atmosphere, which is highlighted by suspenseful narration and engaging testimony.
The Yeti (aka the Abominable Snowman) is, of course, the Bigfoot-like creature said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. Stories of the mountainous ape-beast first came to the attention of Westerners in the 19th century. Since then, numerous explorers have tried to capture or otherwise prove that the creature exists, while filmmakers have cranked out snow-shovel loads of horror movies inspired by the subject.
For those that would like a quick rundown of Yeti history, check out this very cool graphic posted by the folks over at Outside Magazine.
I recently posted about the funding campaign for the extremely cool LEGENDARY MONSTERS figure set. Toy designer, Richard Todd Broadwater, has just informed me that there have been some great developments, which will allow the producers to fund this project for far less than the original goal.
LEGENDARY MONSTERS is a line of action figures based on “monsters of urban legend and folklore.” Many of you will also recognize these figures as famous cryptozoology creatures: Mothman, Chupacabra, Jersey Devil, and the Missouri Monster (Momo). As fan of cryptozoo monsters and horror toys, I gotta say these are some extremely cool figures! Each of the four monsters comes with an eyewitness account right on the package! Each monster features 10-12 points of articulation and stands 5-7″ tall.
If you’ve watched my posts over the last few weeks, you’re aware that there’s no shortage of sasquatch-inspired indies in the works these days. Skookum is one such film, which will draw inspiration from the Fouke Monster of The Legend of Boggy Creek fame. Skookum has actually been in-work for a few years (see my previous post), but was stalled due to funding. The producers are now offering a way to get in on the action and contribute through a world-wide crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. According to the filmmakers: “This is where you can become a part of the movie! We have walk on roles, speaking roles, Associate Producer roles, and many more.”
TALES FROM BEYOND, a new paranormal Audio Drama Series, is coming to audio CD from producers Jim O’Rear and Kevin Herren. Hosted/narrated in “The Twilight Zone” style by actor Daniel Roebuck (The Walking Dead, Lost) and featuring an All-Star cast including John de Lancie (Star Trek, Charmed, Torchwood), Robert Picardo (The Howling, Star Trek, Stargate), Reggie Bannister (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep), Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever, Two & ½ Men), Jim O’Rear (The Dead Matter, Star Trek 4), Kyle Hebert (Resident Evil) and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Blade, X-Men, Spiderman, Cowboy Bebop)
According to Hudson, SQUATCH will bring a tense and scary version of Bigfoot to audiences. It will be a return to the tales of Sasquatch and The Legend of Boggy Creek. A modern take on an ancient legend, based on actual events!
Toy and game designer, Richard Todd Broadwater, is on a quest to bring his line of excellent LEGENDARY MONSTERS figures to life! To do this, he is offering the public a chance to get involved through a special Kickstarter campaign.
According to the press release, LEGENDARY MONSTERS is a line of action figures based on “monsters of urban legend and folklore.” But many of you will also recognize these figures as famous cryptozoology creatures: Mothman, Chupacabra, Jersey Devil, and the Missouri Monster (Momo). As fan of cryptozoo monsters and horror toys, I gotta say these are some extremely cool figures! Each of the four monsters comes with an eyewitness figure, a diorama base depicting the surroundings, and a written account of the real-life eyewitness account right on the package.
A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Australian horror feature, Throwback.
According to the press release, Throwback is about two modern-day treasure hunters, a female park ranger and an embittered ex-cop who encounter a savage Bigfoot-like monster known as a Yowie in the jungles of Australia’s Far North. Throwback is the first feature film ever made about Australia’s legendary cryptid.
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