Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest Film Festival has announced the titles which will be shown as part of their Midnighters section. Among the films on this list of “provocative after-dark features for night owls” are several horror entries, one being Eduardo Sanchez’ EXISTS, which will finally see its world premiere. EXISTS was filmed on location in Texas and pays homage to The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972), a film that heavily influenced Sanchez.
Thanks to RM’s resident cryptid hunter, Lyle Blackburn, and New York’s Resin Realities, you can now purchase your very own Beast of Boggy Creek! The Fouke Monster was sculpted by Jean St. Jean, and is available as a resin model kit, a faux bronzed statue, or a fully painted statue. Prices range from $99 to $189, and all figures are available exclusively through foukemonster.net. The figure is approximately 8 inches tall.
Check out these pics, and head over to the shop at foukemonster.net to get your paws on one.
The premier will be a full day of Bigfoot events and activities related to the movie release.
My home will be featured on an episode of HGTV’s “Home Strange Home” which is set to air on Halloween October 31 @ 1:00pm (CST). The segment – filmed one year ago – features a tour of my home and specifically my monster/cryptozoology memorabilia collection which includes classic monster toys, masks, posters, and artwork.
From the swamplands near Bishopville, South Carolina, come reports of a seven-foot-tall, scaly humanoid creature the locals call the “Lizard Man.” Over the years, the creature has been seen by numerous witnesses, including a teenager who claimed it attacked him one night near a remote area called Scape Ore Swamp. The young man’s testimony and physical evidence was so compelling, it not only launched a serious investigation by the local sheriff’s office but an all-out monster hunt that drew hundreds of people to the small town.
Cryptozoology, which is defined as “the study of unknown animals,” includes a vast menagerie of creatures which are said to exist, but cannot be proven. Some of these creatures – known as cryptids – are well known to the general public and some are not. Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and Chupacabra are undoubtedly the most famous examples, but they are not the only beasts which lurk in the shadows of our reality.
The following is a list of cryptids which I feel are the most popular and recognizable.
It’s October 1, so I thought it would be an appropriate time to reveal the cover art for my upcoming book to be released on Halloween. This time I take on the case of the legendary “Lizard Man” from Bishopville, South Carolina to recount the complete, fascinating story and to shine new light on one of the most bizarre and hair-raising encounters with an unknown creature. During my research trip to Bishopville, I discovered that there’s much more to the story than I first realized… and much more than meets the eye regarding the media’s portrayal of this modern-day ‘creature from the black lagoon.’ All in all, it made for a fascinating research trip and resulted in a book that I think everyone will truly enjoy.
Lapham’s Quarterly, a magazine dedicated to history and ideas, posted an intriguing account of the legendary beast known as the Kraken in their “Voices In Time” section. The text was taken from The King’s Mirror, composed in Old Norse during King Hákon Hákonarson’s reign (1217-1263). It tells of the Kraken, a fabled sea monster of Scandinavian invention, which may have originated with a rare sighting of a giant squid.
The 12th Annual Mothman Festival will be held in Point Pleasant, West Virginia this coming weekend. The festival is an annual gathering dedicated to the mysterious entity known as the “Mothman,” sighted in the area since 1966. The Mothman was described in John A. Keel’s book, The Mothman Prophecies, which also inspired the 2002 feature film of the same name.
The festival features a wide variety of vendors and merchants, live local music, delicious food and a family-friendly atmosphere. The festival sees patrons from all over the world who come to experience the unique atmosphere and learn more about the Mothman.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Deep Studios, a Utah-based production company, will release a supernatural thriller entitled SKINWALKER RANCH this coming October. The movie, which is centered around the disappearance of a cattle rancher’s 10-year-old son, is based on the allegedly true supernatural phenomenon that occurred at a place known as “Skinwalker Ranch” in Utah. The happenings, well documented in the book Hunt For the Skinwalker, include ghostly lights, strange wolf-like beasts, UFOs, and other unexplainable weirdness.