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The wave of cryptid-inspired television continues with two new shows debuting on Discovery’s Destination America channel. SWAMP MONSTERS and MONSTERS UNDERGROUND take the psuedo-fictional approach of their successful show, MOUNTAIN MONSTERS, to new and scarier places across America.
Has the fine art of sasquatch cinema finally jumped the proverbial shark? This upcoming film from David DeCoteau’s Rapid Heart Pictures certainly begs the questions. In BIGFOOT VS. D.B. COOPER, the legendary monster is pitted against one of the world’s most infamous mystery figures: D.B. Cooper. (For those that don’t remember Dan “D.B.” Cooper, he hijacked a commercial airliner in 1971, demanded a ransom of $200,000 cash – which he received – and then parachuted into the Washington/Oregon wilderness never to be seen again.)
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.
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.
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 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.