Monday, June 10, 2019

I Think A Monster Is In Here Somewhere

The Legend Of Boggy Creek is a cult film I first saw on local television, a Sunday afternoon movie on KMBC in Kansas City, back when that station had an extensive movie library -- and film projection systems to show them all. It has this grainy, authentic 16-millimeter look to it, the stuff of documentary films -- perfect for its faux-documentary format. Although it claims to be a true story, and it's inspired by true events, you can clearly see somebody in a gorilla suit doing their best in a freeze-frame at 1:31 in the above trailer.

A look at the films
that have left a mark on my life.
The legend behind Legend that an ad salesman borrowed $100,000 from a trucking company to help make the film, which has gone on to rake in more than $20 million at the box office, and probably a little bit more on DVDs. What's even more interesting is that this movie, with all its scary elements, still got a G rating and broke box-office records in its initial release.

This film also used to be available for free on the internet, but with the film going through a digital restoration, those sources have disappeared.

However, you can get a pretty good sense of it from the trailer. It's one of those low-budget horror films that doesn't look low-budget. You can make a great film for less than $2 million -- ask the producers of Rocky. You can make a stinker for $33 million -- ask Michael Cimino.

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