Film #255: LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK
The Legend of Boggy Creek
2 out of 5 stars
Another one of those films many have heard about, but few have actually seen. In this case, THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK, is a “docudrama” about a mythical “Sasquatch-like” creature haunting the swamps and countryside of Fouke, AK and the premise is a potentially rich one. However, the film itself is Rated G and feels more like a Disney nature film than a real film of horror. The print I saw was so bad that it almost looked like someone had shot a video of it off a movie screen. The transfer was dirty, muddied, and cropped beyond recognition. And then there’s the music… which is an odd collection of hillbilly gee-tar and harmonica caterwauling and not much else. The creature itself… is basically a man in a hairy carpet and not scary in the least. In the end, THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK is an anemic affair that little ones (especially those with an interest in ‘weird nature’) will dig. The overall tone is spooky, but never scary. I imagine if I’d seen this when it came out in 1972, I might think differently. But seeing it now, I can only feel disappointed.