The Legend of Boggy Creek is a horror film from the year 1972.
It centers around a cryptid called The Fouke Monster, a sasquatch-like creaturenote which prowls in the state of Arkansas. It is shot in a documentary style which varies between with interviews of locals and dramatized encounters with the Monster.
The film portrays the sightings of the Monster escalating slowly, starting with random caught glimpses of it in the woods and then ending with an attack against a house shared by two families.
Examples in this work:
- Agony of the Feet: It is mentioned that Herb lost half of his foot in a hunting accident. He then dragged himself several miles through the swamp to find help.
- As Himself: The interviewed cast.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti: The Fouke Monster certainly looks the part.
- Camping a Crapper: One man is almost attacked when he goes to the bathroom.
- Dangerous Windows: Fouke Monster tries to grab one person through a window.
- Deep South: Specifically Fouke Arkansas near the Texas border.
- Don't Go in the Woods: The idyllic woods and rivers are home to plenty of dangerous animals and are downright terrifying at night.
- Hell Is That Noise: Any of the Fouke Monster's calls are eerie to this day. Many were reused in later bigfoot movies such as "Creature of Black Lake".
- Hollywood Darkness: A few shots taking place at night were pretty obviously shot at dusk or twilight, though this was to help keep things visible.
- Hostile Weather: Thunder can be heard in the background when the sheriff come to check up the Ford house.
- Hysterical Woman: Fouke Monster's appearance causes three women to go into hysterics when it grabs for them through an open window. To be fair, the men didn't do much better.
- It's Probably Nothing: After three women hear the Fouke Monster outside their house, they dismiss the noise just being the wind.
- Narrator: Jim, whom we see as a child in the beginning and a grown man in the end.
- The Legend of X
- Police Are Useless: At the end, when the two young couples in the Ford house call the cops, the police tell them not to worry, there's no monster around, it's just a mountain lion trying to break in and eat them! Even one of the characters says, 'This is supposed to make us feel safe'? On the other hand, the sheriff does leave a pair of flashlights and shotguns behind so they can protect themselves.
- Protect This House: The last shown encounter with the Monster plays out like this.
- Public Domain Feature Films: The movie was thought to be this up until 2018, when the director's daughter purchased film rights from the Ledwell & Son firm after discovering they still owned it.
- Scenery Porn: Expect a lot of shots of the Arkansas bayous, fields, and forests.
- Screaming Woman: Mary-Beth starts screaming when she sees the Fouke Monster outside from the window. Again though, the men don't often do any better.
- Swamp Monster: The Fouke Monster is a a Bigfoot that roamed around a swampy area. Supposedly inspired by real-life sightings of this cryptid, the film had him terrorizing rural residents. It was successful enough to beget a sequel.
- The X of Y: Used for the title.