Victor Crowley and 13 Other Swamp-Dwelling Baddies
With Hatchet III (review) making its debut on Blu-ray and DVD, we’ve been in something of a celebratory mood here at Dread Central. In fact, we’ve decided to bring you yet another list inspired by Victor Crowley and the Hatchet series.
Indeed Mr. Crowley is not the only ne’er-do-well to ever haunt a swamp. We did some digging and found 13 gruesome characters that all resided in swamps or lagoons or some other marshy type of land, hidden away from society’s prying eyes.
We’ve compiled a list that consists of entries that range from movie, television and comic book characters, real-life swamp dwellers and legendary creatures who have been said to roam the watery areas. And, of course, we have to give you some of our favorite honorable mentions. The History Channel’s popular show “Swamp People” gives you a look at some scary folks from down on the bayou. Also on TV, “Gilligan’s Island” certainly had plenty of baddies around their lagoon, including cannibals and a voodoo priest. Some film swampers include the Firefly Clan from House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects as well as the huge gator from the underrated Rogue. And finally, some legends we learned about while researching this piece include Mokele-mbembe, the Grootslang and Lernaean Hydra. All creatures worth looking into if you're jonesing for more swamp material.
The Honey Island Swamp Monster
This Bigfoot-esque creature has been rumored to live in the Honey Island Swamps (which happen to be the same lands stalked by Victor Crowley) since 1963. It's also known as Letiche to the Native Americans, and the Cajuns dubbed it Tainted Keitre. Score one for the Cajuns for best name! Folklore states that the beast possibly could have been spawned after a traveling circus wrecked in the swamp in the early 20th century, releasing chimpanzees into the area. And said chimps mated with alligators, thus creating the beast. That's a tough explanation to swallow, but the Honey Island Swamp Monster is still a great legend!
Gollum-The Lord of the Rings Series
Stunningly played by Andy Serkis, the motion-captured former hobbit formerly known as Smeagol stole the show in The Lord of the Rings series. He indeed inhabited his own watery, subterranean hideaway, subsisting on cave fish and small goblins before being disturbed by Bilbo Baggins. Eventually Gollum left his home in a lake at the roots of Misty Mountain and had one of the greatest adventures ever captured on film.