No Stoppin the ‘Squatch

Creature From the Black LakeThough new (alleged) footage of the Loch Ness Monster has been making the rounds on the TV news shows this past week, Bigfoot continues to reign as the king cryptid of the B-movie genre. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, two more Sasquatchploitation flicks are in the works; Bigfoot remains pissed! What will it take to soothe the once gentlemanly gargantuan furball of the forest?

Fangoria got word from indie filmmaker Andy Davis (his zombie survivalist flick 2 is currently in post-production) that he’s a few weeks away from beginning filming on Monster in the Woods. I don’t think I have to tell you what that monster is. The woods, however, are in Maine, where Davis and his Emptyhouse Film company are based.

Monster in the Woods focuses on a pair of cryptozoologists that venture into the Maine woods after a rash of Sasquatch sightings. In addition to the big hairy one, they also must contend with the sheriff, gun-toting locals of dubious persuasion, and a rival cryptozoologist.

Though Davis tells Fangoria that he was heavily influenced by the 1972 cult classic Legend of Boggy Creek, even hoping to capture the look and feel of that film, I’d say the plot sounds more closely related to the unheralded king of Sasquatchploitation, 1976’s Creature from Black Lake (pictured).

You can learn more about 2 and Monster in the Woods by heading over to the official website for Emptyhouse Film. You’ll also find info about an ultra cheap looking monster flick called Lobsteroids, of which I am now positively mesmerized by.

And while we’re on the subject of Sasquatchploitation inspired by Legend of Boggy Creek, the upcoming “based on actual events” Bigfoot flick, The Wild Man of Navidad, is currently in post-production.

The Wild Man of Navidad is something of a local legend in Texas and this “vintage horror tale” co-written and co-directed by Duane Graves and Justin Meeks is said to be based on the recently acquired journals of Texan Dale S. Rogers, hailing it will tell the true harrowing story of a rural Texas community whose residents were terrified for years by a mysterious creature inhabiting the nearby woods.

It’s also worth noting that The Wild Man of Navidad was produced in part by Kim Henkel, co-writer and associate producer of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Though it’s been in post-production for a little while now, there’s still no trailer or even any production stills from the movie available on the film’s currently threadbare MySpace page.

Amazingly, neither of these new Sasquatch flicks will co-star Lance Henriksen.

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