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Creature from Black Lake (1976)

PG | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | March 1976 (USA)
Two men exploring the Louisiana swamps encounter a Bigfoot-type creature.

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Joy N. Houck Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Elam ... Joe Canton
Dub Taylor ... Grandpaw Bridges
Dennis Fimple ... Pahoo
John David Carson ... Rives
Bill Thurman ... Sheriff Billy Carter
Jim McCullough Jr. Jim McCullough Jr. ... Orville Bridges
Roy Tatum Roy Tatum ... Fred / Creature
Cathryn Hartt Cathryn Hartt ... Eve - Waitress (as Catherine McClenny)
Becky Smiser Becky Smiser ... Becky Carter
Michelle Willingham Michelle Willingham ... Michelle
Evelyn Hindricks Evelyn Hindricks ... Grandma Bridges
Roger Pancake Roger Pancake ... H.B.
Karen Brooks Karen Brooks ... Orville's Mother
Chase Tatum ... Baby Orville
Bob Kyle Bob Kyle ... Rufus
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Storyline

Some fishermen are attacked in the Louisiana swamps. When the word gets out of a mysterious Bigfoot-type creature, two researchers come to a small town to study and hopefully discover what the beast is. Their research from some farmers help the two men to learn that the creature may be a very angry and murderous missing link. Written by Wallace Entertainment

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demon of the Lake See more »

Filming Locations:

Bossier City, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Re-released theatrically in 1982 as part of a multi-film package called "5 Deranged Features". Also on the bill were Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971) (under the title 'They're Coming to Get You'), The Wizard of Gore (1970) (under the title 'House of Torture'), Shriek of the Mutilated (1974) and The Corpse Grinders (1971) (under the title 'Night of the Howling Beast'). See more »

Goofs

During the flashback to Orville's childhood encounter, a crew member's leg is visible on the left-hand side of the shot as the family exits the car. See more »

Quotes

Joe Canton: I'm gonna get my shotgun and make a rug outta that damn thing!
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Referenced in The Wild Man of the Navidad (2008) See more »

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Exits and Truckstops
Written and Performed by Jim McCullough Jr.
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For it's time and budget, a good Bigfoot film....
30 May 2002 | by kfb1960See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie in the now defunct 'Jerry Lewis Cinemas' chain when I was a teenager. Living in a rural, and I mean rural area, the movie affected my brother and I that summer. My little brother wouldn't go near the woods at our house (all we had around were woods, LOL), and would check all the door locks before going to bed for almost a month because of this movie.

Myself, well, I'd get some goosebumps when I was riding my motorcycle through the woods. But back to the movie. You either love it or hate it. Black Lake does have some slow scenes, but does deliver a punch, especially with Dub Taylor's flashback scenes. Jack Elam made the movie for me, I just wished they had given him more screen-time. I loved the way he chewed up his lines!

The creature is never really seen in detail, just in shadows or blurry footage, but that adds to the suspense. It's available on VHS or VCD from Bijou Flix. Watched it the other day with my wife and teen daughters....and it did scare them.

For its time and budget, a good Bigfoot film IMHP.


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