Review of "The Legend of Boggy Creek" by The Headless Critic
The man so popular his newest special crashed Shudder.com. Actor, writer, critic, film historian, proud Texan and everyone’s favorite drive-in theater host Joe Bob Briggs returns for The Last Drive-In. Thirteen days ago his supposed one night only, live comeback has him hosting thirteen of the best drive-in worthy features on Shudder in a 24 hour plus long movie marathon. This is it folks. What very well may be the last television horror movie host puts on his bolo tie one last time. Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater first started showing films on premium pay channels in the 1990’s transitioning into Monstervision on cable tv by the end of the decade. The man who ruled the 90’s in horror hosting dons his cowboy hat for a visit to The Last Drive-In Theater.
The Legend of Boggy Creek – 1972
“Half-man, half-beast ... a mysterious creature has been stalking the woods and waterways near Fouke, Arkansas since the 1940s” These are “The True Story of the "Fouke Monster" as told by those who survived it. This many eyewitness accounts does not lie. You have reason to fear, you have reason to lock your door at night. The monster is real. “The Monster Is Loose!”
The original Blair Witch project may have come from a tiny town in the backwoods of Arkansas. This Boggy Creek legend uses documentary footage with narration to tell a story with a partially scripted feature that’s so poorly acted you simultaneously can’t tell its acting but can tell it’s fake. It’s a cheap way to make a movie on a budget when you have no budget and boy does that lack of a budget show.
It may have been an innovator of its time. It seems every other month a new documentary style horror film is being released today. Innovation doesn’t equal quality. Just as The Blair Witch Project today wouldn’t have the same effect it did in the 90’s when people thought it might actually be real, I don’t think the marketing ploys of The Legend of Boggy Creek transfer over to today. What’s left is just a whole lot of bad in Boggy Creek along with the question, is it real or is it fake? My personal opinion is that someone in the backwoods of Arkansas had sex with something it shouldn’t have been copulating with. There’s probably no monster whatsoever but I still believe that part is true.
1 out of 5 Headless Critics (Joe Bob’s Rating: 4 Stars)