The Boggy Creek Monster: The Truth Behind the Legend (2016); The Bray Road Beast (2018)


Two documentaries from Amazon Prime for a snowy early Sunday afternoon.  I love the stories of Bigfoot and the other mysterious monsters that people believe they have seen and I tend to believe more than I disbelieve.  These two documentaries from the company Small Town Monsters can make you a believer if you let them.

First one I watched was about the Bray Road Beast, which was something that I had never heard of before. Interestingly enough, this is a wolf/werewolf type creature people claim to see in the Elkhorn, Wisconsin area. Originally seen in 1916, a rash of sighting in the 1980s and 1990s led to the investigation by newspaper reporter Linda Godfrey.  She discovered enough details to write a book on the monster, and she appears throughout the documentary.

There were all kind of possible solutions to the mystery of the Bray Road beast, including that of Satanism.  It is a fascinating watch, especially for some of the Wisconsin color shown from the locals.

The second documentary was Boggy Creek Monster: The Truth Behind the Legend.  The world was introduced to the Boggy Creek Monster from the independent film of 1972 called The Legend of Boggy Creek.  It is dubbed as a true story, and the film apparently feature several real life people from Fouke, Arkansas who had encounters with the monster.  This movie spends a good deal of its run time looking at the true story of the parts of that docudrama film from 1972.

The documentary features discussions with many of the local residents who have seen the monster and who were willing to share their stories.

Though mentioned, the film does not do much to encourage the idea that this is simply some more Bigfoot sighting, but sightings that were given its own monster a name.

Little is shown on either of the documentaries n the other side of the debate.  Nothing is shown to make one think that these eye witness reports were anything but honest people who saw something.  Yet there has been some suggestions, especially for the Boggy Creek Monster, that the recent sighting were hoaxes.

Both of these docs are fun to watch and to amaze at the possible mystery of what might be out there.  However how unlikely it may be, the fact that these legends keep popping up tells you that humans need something mysterious in their lives.



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