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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.
A photo of a bizarre, “muppet-looking” creature – supposedly shot in Namibia, South Africa, – recently popped up on several internet news outlets. According to the reports, the previously unknown creature was shot by a hunting party after they stumbled on several of these animals in the “dense jungle.”
Red Sea Media has just released the poster art for Alexander Alyoshechkin’s ‘Synevir 3D,’ an eerie film being coined “the Ukrainian Big Foot,” set in a historical location. Lake Synevir, a famous lake in the Carpathian mountains of Ukraine, is known for its rich history throughout hundreds of years as a place of mystical, unexplained events. The film follows a group of skeptical students who decide to disregard the stories of strange creatures around the famous lake, and spend the weekend there. They shouldn’t have.
The long-running news show, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, recently did a feature on cryptozoology. Reporter Serena Altschul took a look into the world of bigfoot and other cryptids when she visited Loren Coleman, famed cryptozoologist and curator of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. She also followed Loren to Jefferson, Texas where he was a keynote speaker at Cryptopalooza along with several other notable bigfoot researchers, authors, and filmmakers.
The segment features interviews with Loren Coleman, Ken Gerhard (Monsters of Texas), Dave Coleman (Bigfoot Filmography), Eduardo Sanchez (Exists, Blair Witch Project), myself, and more. It includes a mention of The Legend of Boggy Creek, along with a few clips, as well as a conversation with director Eduardo Sanchez regarding his upcoming bigfoot-shocker, EXISTS. Brief shots from the EXISTS trailer can be seen in the report!
SyFy finally sent us a copy of this movie on DVD, which is not timely enough to run in the mag because it’s been out so long already(!). However, I didn’t want you to say ‘I didn’t warn you’ just in case you run across it while hunting for horrors in the DVD shops.
According to writer/director, Nap Bishop, HogMaul is a movie where cryptids, killers, and angry livestock come together in a manic mix of gory, startling, hilarious madness. “It is a movie by horror-loving freaks FOR horror-loving freaks.”