Thursday, September 8, 2016

Creature from Black Lake (1976)

Director: Joy N. Houck Jr.

Writer: Jim McCullough Jr.

Composer: Jaime Mendoza-Nava

Starring: Jack Elam, Dub Taylor, Dennis Fimple, John David Carson, Bill Thurman, Jim McCullough Jr., Roy Tatum, Cathryn Hartt, Becky Smiser, Michelle Willingham, Evelyn Hindricks, Roger Pancake, Karen Brooks, Chase Tatum, Bob Kyle, Joy N. Houck Jr., I.M. 'Buddy' Brumley Jr.

More info: IMDb

Plot: Two men exploring the Louisiana swamps encounter a Bigfoot-type creature.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

This isn't a bad picture.  It could use a lot more Bigfoot action (there's not much in it but what there is is pretty good) but the story's alright as is just about everything else.  The print I watched was a dirty anamorphic widscreen one which was awesome (I watched in projected on my 11' wide screen).  I would love to see this at a drive-in which is where it was meant to be played.  It's always fun watching Elam and Taylor.  I love those guys.  The two leads are likeable which helps.  Overall the acting's not that bad and the story is paced well enough I guess.  The ending is anti climactic but when you consider everything else and the great Louisiana shooting locations, it's a neat little flick to knock out on a Saturday night.  Or you could chalk it up to my being a sucker for movies set in swamps and the woods.

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