Wednesday, September 26, 2012

MST3K: Episode 1006 - Boggy Creek II: and the Legend Continues...

I'm watching all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes in order. More about that here and here.

Episode 1006: Boggy Creek II: and the Legend Continues...

First aired: Sci-Fi Channel on 9 May 1999
Availability: Amazon DVD (Volume 5), Rhino (Volume 5/out of print)

The third Boggy Creek movie.
Me and this movie have a history. And, yes, it's as bad as that grammar.

Well, not exactly this movie. But another movie related to this one.

Back in 1972, a movie called The Legend of Boggy Creek was released. It made a lot of money. Cost around $100,000 to make and made around $20,000,000. Yes, that's $200 return on each dollar spent.

The movie was presented as a documentary, and claimed to be true. And that's where I come in.

This film should not be confused with The Deer Hunter.
Back then, I was into conspiracy stuff, like "who really killed Kennedy?" and such.Wy that's important is, in case you hadn't noticed, that group of people kinda drift over into UFO and Bigfoot and that kinda stuff, too. If you hadn't noticed, start paying attention. I think you'll see that, for a lot of people, those kinda things go hand in hand.

Now, while now I see that both groups are off-base, back then, I didn't. I was right in the middle of it. Bigfoot stuff, UFO stuff, and Kennedy assassination stuff all fascinated me. Today, I realize it's all bunk. Then, though, well, you couldn't tell me anything.

There were lots of people wearing shorts in this movie.
Where is this leading? Well, when The Legend of Boggy Creek hit the theaters, I wanted to go see it. Not being old enough to drive, well, that meant someone had to either drop me off or go see it with me. And, since it was at the drive-in, that ruled out dropping me off. So, I inflicted the pain that is The Legend of Boggy Creek on others. I never apologized for that, and for that fact, I am wrong.

So, we're kinda caught up now. The first movie, The Legend of Boggy Creek, was one that I wanted to see, and talked others into taking me to see. It was awful.

The film Boggy Creek II: and the Legend Continues... is a sequel, as you can tell. Only, you'd be thinking it's the second Boggy Creek movie. And, you'd be wrong.

There were too many people wearing shorts in this movie.
You see, in 1977, Return to Boggy Creek was released. It had nothing to do with the original film. It was another group capitalizing on the success of the first film.

Now, in 1985, Charles B. Pierce, the person behind the original film, made his own follow-up called The Barbaric Beast of Boggy Creek, Part II, which was the original title of this film. Unlike the original, which was presented as a documentary, this was more of a narrated film.

There have since been other Boggy Creek titles, but Piece wasn't involved in any of them. He died in 2010.

But, let's look at the film in this episode.

A phone call interrupts a professor and two of his students at a football game at the University of Arkansas, so they load up, taking a friend with them to southwest Arkansas to look for the Boggy Creek monster, running into skeptics along the way, but setting up camp in the woods anyway, getting lost and running around in really short shorts and getting terrorized by the monster, which must be real after all, only it turns out that all the trouble is because Jimmy Clem had kidnapped the monster's baby, so they freed it and everybody lived happily ever after. The end.

Jimmy Clem, Arkansas sex symbol.
I've never been to Arkansas. I don't think I have, anyway. If this movie is anything like what Arkansas is like, and if I had been to Arkansas, I would have blocked it out. So, I'm going to continue to say that I've never been to Arkansas, because, as far as I know, it's true.

Oh, and based on this movie, I'm never going to Arkansas. In fact, I'm wanting them expelled from the SEC. We'll take Tulane or Georgia Tech back. At least, neither of those schools had any Boggy Creek movie filmed during one of its football games.

Remember how bad I said the first Boggy Creek movie was? Well, this one was worse.

The riffing was fun, though. They really got into the characters, the plot (what there was of it), and even the music ("On the wings of a snow-white dove ...") with the riffing. It was awesome!

The Host Segments? They were all okay. Nothing really jumped up and stood out, but they were all good.

Really bad movie, really fun episode. I'm just thankful I was with M&tB when I saw this film.

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