Filmsquatch Podcast Debuts Today!

Bigfoot is out there…..you better watch your back!

Well, it’s time to make a pretty big announcement! Yours truly and Pop Ninja Podcast host, Patrick Bennett, have set out to watch ALL of the Bigfoot films that are out there in the wild. As we watch them, we’ll review them and share our thoughts on the films on the Filmsquatch Podcast! We will be watching the good Bigfoot films, the bad Bigfoot films, and a few films that we’d probably love to forget as well. Our first episode debuts today and you can find a link to the episode here.

The first film that we are taking a look at is a personal favorite of mine. We’ll be talking about Abominable starring Matt McCoy and Haley Joel! I’ve actually blogged about this film way back in 2017 during that year’s Thirty-One Days O’Horror and you can check that out here. This film also co-stars Tiffany Shepis, who was supposed to be in attendance at the Houston Horror Film Festival later this month but recently cancelled. I hope to get to talk with her one day and mention the podcast to her. Hopefully she’ll check it out! We have plenty of other films waiting in the wings, but be sure to us know if there are any Bigfoot related flicks that you want us to check out and we’ll get them on the pod!

I hope that all of you will take a look at this new and exciting podcast that Patrick and I have started. Don’t worry, I’ll still be very active on this blog and will still be providing reviews of films, books, movies, and more right here!

Thanks for checking out my post. See you soon!

Wild Thing Podcast

A Serious And Entertaining Look At The World Of Bigfoot

I love Bigfoot. I first fell in love with the big guy as a child when I saw television shows such as In Search Of…, documentaries, and many, many (usually bad) movies about him, the Abominable Snowman, and other cryptids. Specifically, the movie that really sparked my interest in Bigfoot was Boggy Creek II: And The Legend Continues. Most Bigfoot enthusiasts and Squatchers reference 1972’s The Legend of Boggy Creek as the film that struck home for them, but its official 1985 sequel was the first cryptid film that I ever saw in a theater and I was hooked. I was nine years old at the time and decided that I wanted to grow up to find Sasquatch. I haven’t found him yet.

Wild Thing Podcast logo taken from the website.

Despite being unsuccessful in finding Bigfoot, I’ve remained a huge fan. I read books on Sasquatch, follow a number of Bigfoot research groups and individuals on the web, and watch television programs on the subject of Bigfoot such as Finding Bigfoot. In the last few weeks, I’ve been listening to podcasts about cryptozoology. One of the podcasts, Sasquatch Tracks, turned me on to another podcast, Wild Thing. I highly recommend Sasquatch Tracks and I’ll blog about them in another post, but for now I want to focus on Wild Thing hosted by Laura Krantz.

Photo of Wild Thing host Laura Krantz by Kelsey Ray (from the LA Times article).

Wild Thing is a great podcast. All of the episodes clock in under an hour (usually thirty to forty minutes) and feature Krantz, a distant cousin of Sasquatch legend anthropologist Grover Krantz. While she doesn’t necessarily believe in Bigfoot, she does want to learn about the hunt for the creature and those individuals in pursuit of the legend. That’s what separates this particular podcast from the others. Krantz treats the subject with dignity and respects all of those that she interviews. She goes on a hunt, talks with a number of well known and not-so-well-known Bigfooters, scientists, and individuals and even gets some DNA samples tested. She does this not to ridicule anyone or to prove that Bigfoot exists. She does it simply to learn about the wild world of Bigfoot.

The hunter becomes the hunted! Photo taken from Anchor Blog.

Krantz does inject some humor throughout each episode. Again, it doesn’t make light of the subject or of any of the people involved, it just adds more appeal to the podcast as a whole. Some of the topics covered in Wild Thing include Grover Krantz, Peter Byrne, the Woo, evidence collection, people that profit off of Bigfoot, and many other wonderfully cryptid things.

The first season is nine episodes long with a few bonus episodes thrown in for good measure. There’s also a second season of Wild Thing that focuses on UFOs, aliens, and strange things in the nighttime sky. I haven’t listened to that season yet, but I will definitely check it out soon.

Season Two logo taken from the website.

If you’re interested in Bigfoot, the Yeti, or any other apelike cryptids out there and want a serious and genuine look at the people that are on the lookout for such things, give Wild Thing a listen. Let me know what you think of the podcast if you have listened to it and drop some of your favorite podcasts in the comments section!

Thanks for checking out this post. I’ll be adding more podcast posts in the near future.

Outpost: Fouke, Arkansas

Southwestern Arkansas

My regular readers know how much I love Bigfoot, Yeti, and all of the other cryptids out there. They might even know that I’ve visited Fouke, AR, in the past and blogged about it here. While own my recent trip to northwestern Louisiana to see KISS with my son, we decided to take a sidequest north to Fouke, Arkansas, home of the Fouke Monster and the film, The Legend of Boggy Creek.

Photo taken by my son.

Sporting my Ghoultown shirt (I’ll get to their connection to Fouke in a bit), my son and I drove into Fouke on Saturday morning. The drive up there was beautiful but we didn’t get to see the Fouke Monster. We stopped at the Monster Mart in town and were blown away by how much the store has changed and yet remained the same since our last visit in 2014.

The convenience store itself had changed very little. It’s a standard convenience store with soft drinks, snacks, and a few roadside necessities for purchase. On the museum side, however, things had been expanded upon greatly. A large display that included a Fouke Monster and one of its children had been added to the museum, as well as two display cases full of photos, albums, footprint casts, and more items related to the Fouke Monster and the history of the small town. There were also newspaper articles lining the walls and a gift shop that featured books, t-shirts, caps, postcards, magnets, mugs, and much, much more.

I talked with the lady behind the counter for quite awhile. She told me a little bit about the upgrades on the store and I also learned that Fouke won their high school football game on the prior evening.

I ended up purchasing a magnet and Lyle Blackburn’s Beyond Boggy Creek book at the Monster Mart. You can read my review of one of Blackburn’s other books, The Legend of Boggy Creek, here. Yes, I could have purchased the book on Amazon or even directly from Lyle’s website, but that would have meant that I couldn’t have purchased the book with the Monster Mart stamp on the inside. I plan to get Mr. Blackburn to sign the book if I ever get the chance to meet him.

Oh, and for anyone still not sure about the connection between Fouke and my Ghoultown band t-shirt, Blackburn is the frontman from the Texas-based gothabilly band. I’ve become quite a fan in recent months. Check out their website here.

After making my purchase, my son and I drove around Fouke for a few minutes before heading on to Texarkana, TX. We had no real destination in mind when we arrived there, we just wanted to kill a little more time before heading to Bossier City, LA to see KISS on Saturday evening.

If you have any interest in cryptozoology and want to visit a key location in Bigfoot history, make a trip to Fouke, AR. You’ll learn about the beast, the movie that made it famous, and the wonderful little town that became the focal point of one of cryptozoology most famous cult films.

Thanks for reading. Check out the links and keep an eye out for my next post.

Throwback Thursday: Boggy Creek (2011)

Not In Fouke, Arkansas

When I was nine years old, my parents took me and my siblings to see Boggy Creek II: And The Legend Continues. In a dimly lit theater in Oakdale, LA, I became enthralled with the beast that terrorized the rural town of Fouke, AR and a professor and students intent on discovering the truth about the creature. No matter how bad the film was, it inspired nine year old me to hunt for Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and any other cryptid that may or may not be lurking in the forests of the world.

I haven’t found anything yet, but I’ll always hope that the creature is real.

With that being said, I’ve watched tons of documentaries, read plenty of books, hit a couple of trails with mild intentions of finding something (but not really sure what I’d do IF I did actually find something), did a little web research and viewed countless films, most of which were terrible, about the beast.

Add 2011’s Boggy Creek to the list of terrible films that I’ve watched. While I commend the actors and crew for attempting to make a decent horror film, I can’t say that I have any good memories about this flick. Texas Battle (Final Destination 3, The Bold And The Beautiful) and Stephanie Honore (The Final Destination, Mirrors 2) are probably the best known actors in the film and they feature in supporting roles. Actress Melissa Carnell heads up the cast as the star of the film and is given support from Battle, Honore, and relative unknowns Shavon Kirksey and Damon Lipari.

The film has no connection to the cult classic The Legend of Boggy Creek or any of its sequels. In fact, it doesn’t even take place in Arkansas. It takes place in the fictional northeast Texas rural town of Boggy Creek. It was actually shot in Jefferson, TX and the area around Uncertain, TX, which along with places like Gun Barrel City, Cut And Shoot, and Kermit, only strengthens my argument that Texas has some of the coolest small town names.

The plot was pretty basic, even for Bigfoot horror. Jennifer (Carnell) returns to her deceased father’s camp after it is left to her. With tensions brewing between her and her mother, she decides to take a break with her friend, Maya (Kirksey), and Maya’s stepbrother, Dave (Lipari). Dave brings along his snobby girlfriend, Brooke (Honore), and Maya’s boyfriend, Tommy (Battle), pops up unannounced. Violent deaths and mutilations are on the rise in the area that the group decides to camp in and despite warnings from others in the area, the gang decides to stay at the camp. After a lot of build up, the creature begins its attack on the group, planning to kill the males and kidnap the nubile young ladies for breeding.

For whatever reason (maybe it was just my television), the film seems to be shot entirely in soft focus, which made me believe that this was an attempt at bringing a little Hallmark Channel flair to horror. The acting wasn’t that great and neither were the special effects or music. I will say that the ending of the film had a ton of potential but ultimately flopped like the rest of the film.

So if this film was so terrible, why did I revisit it and blog about it? For the simple reason that I’ve been on a larger than usual Sasquatch kick and I decided to watch this film again. It was perfect fodder for an evening of laundry and Coke Zero. It’s brainless, bad, and somehow a little bit fun.

As always, thanks for reading. I’ll be watching more bad movies as we get closer to Halloween. I’m thinking about attempting Thirty-One Days O’Horror once again. I failed at it a couple of years ago, but considering the fact that I’ve acquired a ton of bills recently, I won’t be leaving home that much because I’m poor. Netflix and meager meals, it is.

Gettin’ Squatchy! Day O’Horror #5!

In The Woods

The Legend of Boggy Creek was the first film I watched that featured a cryptid as the antagonist.   Since that time I have watched many, many more films about Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, and any other big hairy creature with massive feet.  Most of those films were terrible, but every once in awhile a film pops up that makes me take notice.  It isn’t necessarily perfect, but it’s really fun to watch.  Abominable is one of those films.

hqdefault

Matt McCoy (Police Academy franchise) stars as Preston Rogers, a man who is taken up to a cabin in the woods to face his fears and come to terms with the loss of his wife at the same location six months earlier.  He is accompanied by Otis (Christien Tinsley), a nurse that takes care of Preston’s needs.  Otis is a jerk, but deep down inside he really does care for Preston.

Mild Spoilers Ahead!

After arriving at the cabin, Otis realizes that he forgot to pick up soy milk for Preston.  He decides to go back into town, leaving Preston all alone.  While waiting for Otis to return, Preston hears loud music and laughter at the cabin next door.  He takes a peek outside and sees a group of young women getting ready to have a big pre-wedding weekend for one of their friends.

17

One young lady, attempting to get a stronger cell signal, steps out of the cabin and walks over to the treeline.  Preston watches her with his binoculars, only to see that a creature is standing just outside of her sight line.  All of a sudden it attacks her, dragging her off into the forest.  Preston tries to tell the other girls, but they believe that he’s doing nothing more than watching them like a creep.

Peering-out-the-errr-rear-window

Otis returns and Preston tries to tell him what happened.  Otis doesn’t believe Preston, especially whenever Preston hands him the binoculars and Otis spies one of the girls taking a shower.  As the story rolls along, the body count goes up.  Preston attempts to get in touch with the local sheriff’s department, but the sheriff holds his men off until one of them finally decides to see what’s going on.  Will he get to the cabin in time to save Preston and the rest of the girls?  You’ll have to check out Abominable to find out.

abom3

This film is equal parts comedy, horror, and B-eautiful.  It generates a decent amount of scares and the bulk of the cast is pretty solid.  What’s especially wonderful is the fact that genre legends Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, and Tiffany Shepis all have small but excellent roles in the film.  Combs is especially funny.  Shepis, as gorgeous as ever, has one of the best deaths in B-cinema history in this film.

rsz_deev1.bjszMjg5NTI7ajsxNzQ2MzsxMjAwOzMwMDsyMDA

Paul Gleason (The Breakfast Club) hams it up as the local sheriff, Halderman.  He drops numerous references to The Breakfast Club, including a few direct quotes and that brilliant hand gesture he uses during the film.  This movie would be one of his last roles.

Director Ryan Shifrin phones in for assists from his father, legendary composer Lalo Shifrin, and artist Drew Struzan (creator of posters for film franchises such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones).

Christien Tinsley pulled double duty as both an actor and as a makeup artist.  He’s actually an Oscar nominated artist that has worked on films such as The Passion of the Christ (where he excelled at creating prosthetic tattoos) and No Country For Old Men, as well as television shows such as Westworld and American Horror Story.

Despite being a convincingly scary beast, the creature in the film reminded me of Jack Elam.  He’s still pretty scary, and executes some excellent kills on the screen.

VictimAbominable500

If you haven’t seen Abominable, I highly recommend checking it out.  It’s an excellent creature feature with some nice scares, decent acting, excellent music, and Otis, the grand jerk of nursing aids.

As always, thanks for reading.  I’ll have another post tomorrow night!