1976 Horror Film ‘Creature From Black Lake’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 13 From MVD

MVD Entertainment Group and Synapse Films will release the 1976 horror film Creature From Black Lake on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Dec. 13.

In the film, there’s a hairy humanoid beast lurking in the Louisiana swamps, but only trapper Joe Canton (Jack Elam, Once Upon a Time in the West) has seen it and lived to tell the tale. The other residents of Oil City, Louisiana, don’t talk about it. But that doesn’t stop intrepid grad students Pahoo (Dennis Fimple, House of 1000 Corpses) and Rives (John David Carson, Empire of the Ants), who are determined to track down the Bigfoot-like creature. Defying local sheriff Billy Carter (Bill Thurman, The Last Picture Show), the duo trek deep into the wilds of Black Lake, and a series of frightening encounters make it clear the monster is no mere legend.

Following in the (big) footsteps of The Legend of Boggy Creek and similar docudramas, Creature From Black Lake is a fictional Sasquatch saga, albeit one inspired by real reports.

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The film features a colorful cast, also including Dub Taylor (The Wild Bunch), and plenty of rural atmosphere courtesy of cinematographer Dean Cundey (Halloween, Jurassic Park), scripter Jim McCullough Jr. — who also co-stars — and director Joy Houck Jr. The longtime late-night TV favorite is making its Blu-ray debut with a new 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative. Special features include audio commentary with author/filmmaker Michael Gingold and film historian Chris Poggiali; the new featurette “Swamp Stories” with director of photography Dean Cundey; and the original theatrical trailer and radio spot.

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