a.k.a. The Barbaric Beast of Boggy Creek, Part II.
Writer/Producer/Star Charles B. 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.
Boggy Creek II: The Tropes Continue:
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The Boggy Creek Creature is a real life cryptid also referred to as the Fouke Monster, or Southern Sasquatch.
- City Mouse: Tanya's friend, Leslie. In the words of Mystery Science Theater 3000's Bill Corbett, she "applies makeup with a trowel and whines incessantly". She also seems utterly disgusted by anything and everything nature-y and at one point freaks out at seeing a goat.Leslie: That could be a mad goat! (Cut to shot of the goat being totally harmless.)
- Deep South: Boggy Creek is set in the swamps between Texarkana and Fouke, Arkansas. In fact it was shot on location in Fouke Swamp (not counting the scenes filmed at the University of Arkansas).
- Dull Surprise: Tim rarely has a strong reaction to anything.
- Establishing Character Moment: City Mouse Leslie arrives for the camping trip, in full knowledge of where she's going, wearing a white disco suit.
- Fantastic Aesop: Bigfoot searchers should leave Bigfoot alone — he's a part of nature's unspoiled beauty. Even Crenshaw comes to this conclusion by the end!
- Informed Attribute: Doc calls Crenshaw "old man" — and likewise, Crenshaw calls Doc "boy" — but the two of them appear to be roughly the same age (Jimmy Clem and Charles Pierce were about 53 and 47 at the time). Hell, Doc's hair is greying but Crenshaw's isn't.
- Insufferable Genius: Although your mileage may vary as to how much of a "genius" he really is, it's clear Lockhart was at least intended to be this, with his condescending attitude and how the movie always has to make him look superior to everyone else.
- Male Gaze: Aside from the shot of "these river bottoms", Dr. Lockhart seems to spend a lot of time watching 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.
- 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 not all doctors are versed in the art of "fixin' people up."
- Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: Despite the title, this is the third Boggy Creek film.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Not that we see most of it, but the creature does attack at least one person and a deer out of rage after Crenshaw captured its child. Crenshaw has been lighting fires around his shack nightly to keep the creature at bay, until the end of the movie when the storm extinguishes them.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Lockhart condescendingly refuses to take Tanya and Leslie along when he and Tim go into the swamp to look for the creature, even insulting them when they ask if they can at least keep the rifle for protection. This leads to them heading off on their own and getting their jeep stuck.
- Given what we've seen of the two girls up to this point in the film, and what they do with the jeep after Doc and Tim leave, this may be less of Doc being sexist and more of knowing what loads they are. And since they couldn't figure out how 4 wheel drive worked without a manual, chances are quite high they wouldn't know how to use a gun, either.
- 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.
- Undead Author: One of Doc's creature stories comes from a witness who 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.
- Unexplained Recovery: It's mentioned several times that the injured "little creature" will not survive if they don't get it to a doctor. In the end, they simply release it back to its parent into the wild and, based on the footage that plays under the closing credit spool, it's just fine.
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The title creature is a real life cryptid better known as the Fouke Monster. That said, the creature's name and look are the only things related to the legend. The events of the movie and the stories Lockhart tells about the creature are made up for the movie and are not even loosely based on any real life accounts of the cryptid.
- Walking Shirtless Scene:
- After embarking on the trip, one of the two times Tim is seen wearing a shirt... he's at the beach.
- 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.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Doc wears short shorts. And when he's not wearing short shorts, he's wearing Painted-On Pants. At least Tanya and Leslie are there to balance out the Fanservice.