Blackburn’s Cryptid Casefiles, hosted by cryptid expert/author Lyle Blackburn, sets it’s sights on the events of the ol’ summer of ’72; when a hairy sumbitch bugged the shit outta the residents of Louisiana, Missouri. Locations are visited, the locals are chatted up… business as usual; but the real feather in the creepy cap is the presentation of clips from a rediscovered film on the subject from decades past.
All of this blurs the line between fantasy and reality as Seth Breedlove and Small Town Monsters have changed up their basic straight-up documentary style format and have presented some elaborate re-enactments with the inclusion of the faux fright film footage (not to mention the addition of Blackburn rather than having Breedlove himself narrate the events) in the style of one of my fav flicks The Legend of Boggy Creek, and the end result is a ton of fearsome fun!
As one would expect, the events presented in the “lost” film don’t exactly match-up to what was actually reported at the time, and Blackburn examines that via his interviews making it easy to fall spell to the world building and mythology on display… but the kayfabe does waiver a tad in regards to the effects on display as a few look a touch too modern for the time they were supposedly created in, but that’s nit-picking at best.
As much as I love a solid cryptid doc (and Breedlove is certainly the master of those), the found film aspect of this production makes me hope that this creepy crew are testing the waters for a full-on fictitious fright flick, because from what is on display here that will be one hell of a creature feature!