Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1985)

You know, right off the bat this movie is telling you tall tales. That’s because it’s not the second Boggy Creek movie, it’s the third, following 1977’s Return to Boggy Creek (and followed by two direct-to-video movies, Boggy Creek: The Legend Is True and The Legacy of Boggy Creek).

Charles B. Pierce, who made the original regional classic — as well as one of the greatest regional movies ever, The Town That Dreaded Sundown — wrote, directed and starred in this American-International Picture movie. They had been bugging him for years to make a sequel and he kept turning them down. Then, well, he made this.

“I really didn’t want to do Boggy Creek II. I think it’s probably my worst picture. This time, I spent almost as much on the creature suit as I did on the film itself. I played too big a role in the picture, and I had too many of my friends in it. It’s all right, but it’s not one of my favorites,” said Pierce.

Pierce is University of Arkansas anthropology professor Dr. Brian Lockhart, who brings two of his students, Tim (Pierce’s son Chuck) and Tanya (Serene Hedin, who was in two other Pierce films, Hawken’s Breed and Sacred Ground), as well as her friend Leslie (Cindy Butler, who, you guessed it, only acted in Pierce movies like this, Grey Eagle and The Town That Dreaded Sundown, because, well, she was his wife).

This movie has stories of the Fouke monster, such as a rancher who lost his cattle to the monster, someone who was beaten by the beast, an attorney who soiled himself when it attacked the outhouse he was relieving himself in and the sheriff who lost his fish to the creature and its son.

Then, an old man has kidnapped the younger creature and Lockhart and his students have to try to fight it off before they take the baby skunk ape out to leave with its parent. That darn Old Man Crenshaw, caging bigfoot babies!

Yeah, you should probably just watch the original The Legend of Boggy Creek.

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