One of my favorite gadgets is our Roku player. A digital wireless streaming device that you can hook up to your television. We purchased it primarily to view the Instant Streaming titles offered from Netflix, but they have been expanding their Channel Store recently with content like MLB.TV (yes, please!). It's really great. We can watch any game playing at any time with either the home town or away feeds. Brilliant!
One of the more interesting channels offered is Drive_In Classics. It's a specialty digital cable channel out of Canada (!) that offers a variety of B-movies and classic horror flicks. Right up my alley. And for only a one-time charge of $1.99. Even sweeter! The channel states that it shows new movies every month, but the lineup hasn't changed at all since I've been a subscriber.
But the $1.99 was worth it for The Legend of Boggy Creek alone. What is that, you might ask? Well, it's kinda the reason for the Bigfoot craze that happened here in the States in the 1970's and it's one of the most profitable independent films ever released. Even though it was initially released in 1972, it played in crappy cinemas through the mid-70's on Saturday afternoons and at drive-ins as part of Creature Feature double dips. Loads of fun. I actually remember seeing it in the theater when I was just a wee asshole. Couldn't have been older than 7 or 8.
Which is a little fucked up, because looking back on it that was probably pretty scary stuff to a little kid! A docu-drama that followed the sightings of the "Foulke Monster" in Foulke, Arkansas that was the very first big-screen appearance of a Bigfoot-type monster. I remember being frightened of Bigfoot when I was a kid, and it was probably this movie that did that to me. In fact, I know it was.
The copy that I recently watched is horrendous. It's like someone copied it onto VHS (or Beta) back in the 70's and just recently transferred it to digital. After it had been in a hot and steamy attic for 25 years. Not that the original film was much to look at. They never actually showed the creature. Lots of leaves moving around in the night, growling and maybe a dude in a gorilla outfit behind a copse of trees.
But whatever it lacked in production value, it made up in eerie atmosphere. I think that I really believed that Bigfoot creatures were roaming around the backwoods swamps of the South when I was a kid. And that was all from this flick.
So I'm gonna peruse the Drive-In Channel for the next few months. Re-living the awful wonderful films of my childhood. For $1.99, why not?
___________________________________________________Note: Remember to play the Badgerdaddy Trivia Challenge every day. "It was big, it was brown and it smelled!"