A new “docu-drama” from indie film production company, Small Town Monsters, seeks to tell the true and truly strange story of the Missouri Monster.
The hair-covered, three-toed monstrosity was said to have prowled the forests of “Star Hill” near Louisiana, Missouri during the summer of 1972 where it was seen by terrified citizens for weeks. The case gained national media attention during the ’70s and remains one of the largest tourist draws for the tiny town, which sits on the banks of the Mississippi River. The first trailer for the film debuts today and hints at the storytelling devices employed, as well as some of the fascinating interviews and locations.
The latest release from Small Town Monsters and director, Seth Breedlove, is told in narrative and documentary form. The narrative sections appear under the guise of a lost b-movie from the 70s. The horror film depicts the widely believed details of the MOMO story (said to have been inspired by Breedlove’s love of grindhouse movies and old “creature features”) and is eventually contradicted and corrected by the actual people who lived through the events. The film stars Adam Duggan and Sara Heddleston, as well as Animal Planet’s Cliff Barackman and James “Bobo” Fay with special appearances by Janet Jay and Elizabeth Saint (Ghosts of Shepherdstown).
The films director, and co-writer, Breedlove describes MOMO: The Missouri Monster as “Rashomon meets Creature from Black Lake or The Legend of Boggy Creek”.
The latest title to crawl forth from the production powerhouse behind last year’s best-selling documentary on Amazon, On the Trail of Bigfoot, is set for a late September release. A midnight premiere is scheduled at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, September 6th with some of the cast and crew in attendance. The premiere will coincide with Cryptid-Con; a cryptozoology and paranormal convention celebrating its third year and featuring a number of renowned authors, television personalities, and speakers.
A grindhouse-style poster created by artist, Adrienne Breedlove also debuted today along with the films official one-sheet by Sam Shearon.
To learn more about Small Town Monsters and their past and future films please visit smalltownmonsters.com.