Beginning as it does with an opening credits sequence that wouldn’t be out of place in any given ’50’s era alien invasion flick, The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear spins a yarn jammed fat with flying saucers, putrid smelling monsters, and flesh melting fog…and the best part of it all is, this is believed by many to be a true story!
The documentary begins by introducing us to the bucolic splendor of Braxton County West Virginia, and more supposedly the sleepy hamlet of Flatwoods…a town where you would likely find more tipped cows than space invaders (though West Virginia itself has been a hotbed of paranormal activity for ages, with the most prominent example being The Mothman), yet in 1952 the May family had an experience that blew that all to hell and back, as they witnessed a strange craft land and dispense an outre (perhaps mechanical) being that scared them shitless…as it would anyone. But the May family weren’t the only ones to witness the insanity, as both tourists and the military both had experiences that bolster the family’s claims.
As usual, Writer/Director Seth Breedlove (who’s previous work we have reviewed here) does his homework, and offers us not only the tales that created the mythos of this legendary beastie, but also provides an overview of the history of Flatwoods itself, as well as the climate of U.F.O. mania that was sweeping the nation at the time. Also present is a fantastic display of special effects that bring the stories to life which include CG creature work, superb miniatures, solid re-enactments…and plenty of goose-flesh inducing stories that easily remind us why we love these tales of the unexplained so damn much…it’s fun to be scared and believe, if only for a brief time, that monsters could actually walk among us.
If you have any interest in U.F.O.s, cryptozoology, or the paranormal you absolutely have to check out The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear; it’s creepy, campfire horror story cool, and is guaranteed to make you feel like a creature from beyond the stars is lurking just outside your window ready to enact an agenda your primitive Earth brain can hardly ascertain!
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