Before The Blair Witch Project, there was The Legend of Boggy Creek.
Shot guerilla-style in the wilds of Arkansas by the late Charles B. Pierce (The Town That Dreaded Sundown), The Legend of Boggy Creek was a low-budget docudrama that became a blockbuster smash hit, and an instant drive-in classic.
Friday, October 18
Restored in HD!
Recently restored by the George Eastman Museum, and making its North Coast premiere for one night only, The Legend of Boggy Creek was inspired by eyewitness reports of a Bigfoot-like creature said to live in the rugged bottomlands near the small town of Fouke, Arkansas.
The “Fouke Monster” or “Boggy Creek Monster” came to the attention of locals who sighted it several times in the 1960s. In May 1971, local newspaper reports of a family attacked by the creature inspired Charles B. Pierce to shoot a movie about this mythic monster. Filmed documentary style, The Legend of Boggy Creek mixes staged interviews of local residents who claim to have encountered the creature with reenactments of the reported encounters.
Boggy Creek was a word-of-mouth phenomenon: without any studio support, it played almost continuously throughout the 1970s—largely on the drive-in circuit—ultimately taking in the then-astronomical sum (for an indie) of $20 million. Years later, Daniel Myrick, co-creator of The Blair Witch Project, cited it as a major influence.
1972 | 85 min. | Rated G, incredibly
The Eureka Theater is proud to present the Grandaddy Bigfoot movie of all time, generously sponsored by Northern California’s own Weird Howard video production company, specializing in Lovecraftian cosmic horror.
Tickets $6.00 all ages Doors open 7:00 | Movie begins at 7:30
Cocktails, beer & wine available (over 21, ID required)