"...And continues, and continues, and continues, until there is no joy or love left in the world. But I get ahead of myself."
a.k.a. The Barbaric Beast of Boggy Creek, Part II
Writer/Producer/Star Charles B.
In Over his Head
Pierce began everything in 1972 with the independent film The Legend of Boggy Creek
, which revolved around the legendary Boggy Creek Creature (basically an Arkansas Bigfoot
). The film was successful enough (and quite good if you're into the genre) to result in a sequel, Return to Boggy Creek
, in 1977 — made without Pierce. A third film, this one involving Pierce, was made in 1982 with the title The Barbaric Beast of Boggy Creek
(a.k.a. Boggy Creek II: The Legend Continues
This movie follows the misadventures of absent-minded University of Arkansas Professor Bryant C. "Doc" Lockhart (Pierce), and his students (one of which is played by Pierce's son), on their camping trip to Fouke, Arkansas, to find and study the creature. Along the way, Pierce narrates stories about other encounters with the Creature.
A few scenes in the beginning of the movie were shot at the university, including an Arkansas Razorbacks football game.
The movie was also reviewed by the New York Daily News' Phantom of the Movies, who gave it a mixed review.
For the Mystery Science Theater 3000
version, please go to the episode recap page
Boggy Creek II contains examples of:
- The Bechdel Test: Astonishingly enough, passed, thanks to Tanya and Leslie's jeep excursion.
- Creator Killer: Charles B. Pierce was actually a fairly experienced and prolific B-Movie director (he even worked on Sudden Impact) — at least until he directed this film. Afterwards, he was reduced to working as a television set decorator for the rest of his career.
- Double Entendre: "I saw the little creature." That's very unfortunate considering whose little creature it would be...
- Fantastic Aesop: Leave Bigfoot alone — he's a part of nature's unspoiled beauty. Even Crenshaw comes to this conclusion by the end!
- Hypocritical Humor: Done unintentionally. Doc waxes poetic about how this is one of America's few unspoiled landscapes as blue smoke pours from the motor of his boat.
- Informed Attribute: Doc calls Crenshaw "old man" (and likewise, Crenshaw calls Doc "boy"), but the two of them appear to be about the same age (late 40s/early 50s). Hell, Doc's hair is greying but Crenshaw's isn't.
- Male Gaze: Aside from the shot of "these river bottoms", Dr. Lockhart seems to have an unhealthy, lecherous obsession with Leslie.
- Never My Fault: It was Leslie's idea to take the Jeep out into the swamp. After they get it stuck, Leslie promptly begins yelling at Tanya. At the least, Tanya rightly calls her out for this (and it was Tanya who got the Jeep stuck in the first place).
- Not That Kind of Doctor: When Crenshaw tries to get Doc to help treat the young Creature being held captive, Lockhart invokes the Trope verbatim. Crenshaw is baffled at the suggestion that all doctors are not versed in the art of "fixin' people up."
- Oddly Numbered Sequel: This is the third Boggy Creek film.
- Real-Life Relative: As mentioned in the description.
- Shirtless Scene: Tim. More like Shirtless Role.
- Crenshaw also doesn't wear a shirt. And his overalls are only connected by one strap. Yeah, thanks for that, movie, we really needed to see a colossal gross fat guy shirtless for the whole last 35 minutes.
- Toilet Humor: One flashback is about a guy who gets so scared by the Creature he falls into the hole in his outhouse and gets his own feces all over him. Then we see his wife washing him off. The scene is Played for Laughs, which doesn't make it any less disgusting.
- Too Dumb to Live: Leslie's idea of "roughing it" is to bring blush with her. In a Slasher Movie, she wouldn't have lived past the second reel.
- Undead Author: One of the witnesses died without ever telling anyone his story. It's never explained how Doc heard about this one, but it's probably best to say he made it all up.
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story
- Walking Shirtless Scene: After embarking on the trip, one of the two times Tim is seen wearing a shirt... he's at the beach.
- Women Are Wiser: Averted; the one time Tanya and Leslie are left alone they get lost and stuck in mud, bicker constantly, and barely avoid being hurt by the creature. Women, am I right fellas? Doc and Tim have a good laugh about all this when they finally get back to camp; the audience most likely does not.