A few weeks ago I was able to attend a screening of the film. I was excited about this, not only because I would have a chance to visit with Bobcat, but also because Willow Creek is a “bigfoot horror movie.” As a bigfoot researcher and a fan of horror movies, what could be better than a movie that combines the two elements? Especially if it adds historical perspective and real-life settings in the areas of Willow Creek, California, and specifically Bluff Creek where Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin shot their famous bigfoot film in 1967.
Novelist Eric S. Brown announced that Origin Releasing has acquired the motion picture rights to his “Bigfoot War” book series. The series, which started in 2010 with a novelette simply titled “Bigfoot War,” has now grown to seven installments that include rampaging bigfoots, zombies, and even bigfoot zombies!
When I started researching for my book, The Beast of Boggy Creek, the first place I visited was the Monster Mart in Fouke, Arkansas. At the time, the Monster Mart was an unassuming little convenience store that only hinted at the town’s big legend. The outside of the store did have a small mural of the creature (made famous by the movie The Legend of Boggy Creek), but the inside merely offered a cheerless curio case and a few old newspaper clippings tacked to bulletin board near the front door. It was better than nothing, but all in all, a rather disappointing display of memorabilia and crude merchandise that, to me, seemed unworthy of the town’s intriguing history.
Since the release of my book, however, there have been some major changes which have elevated the historical recognition of the legend and the curb appeal of the Monster Mart itself.
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.
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)
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.