1006. Boggy Creek II: And The Legend Continues (1985)

It slipped by me in 1999. Decades after, I finally witnessed Charles B. Pierce’s vision. What there is of it. Look At Me: The Movie. With Bigfoot and Son. Pierce has a fondness for narration. Noteworthy in The Legend of Boggy Creek (1973) and The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976). Vern Stierman voiced those and as annoying and obvious as he was Pierce trumps him as his own narrator in The Legend Continues (1985). Throw in Pierce directing, producing, starring, and lighting the set, it dawns on you he’s doing too much. “TOO MUCH!!!” Heavyhanded, cloying, patronizing, the flick wags its finger constantly and lectures you nonstop. Potatoes, the madness of flashbacks, Bobo as The Monster of Forrester. “Can I borrow a cup of shirt?”, “Really, there’s too much piercing in this movie”, “We’re goin’ camping, and you’re gonna watch.” “Rich Man, Poor Man font” or “the legend continues… to be not heard about, by anyone”?

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This film is in the MST3K sweet spot. Competently made, a plot you can follow, annoying characters, random diversions with the backstories, and all the fanservice you can handle with the appearance of Old Man Crenshaw towards the end of the film. I particularly like the bots getting all worked up for the mud wrestling scene only to be immediately disappointed.

“Sorry, I gotta take my shirt off and go make a movie with my dad and new mom.”

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Note: A Return to Boggy Creek (1977) a sequel to The Legend of Boggy Creek (1973) beat this to theaters by 8 years. Having no involvement in Return, Pierce ignored it and named his followup Boggy Creek II. I gather The Legend can’t continue without him.

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“Can I borrow a cup of shirt” will always be a favorite riff of mine.

That and “ I sent Tim up front to absorb the first hail of bullets”

Truly, a movie that……just is.

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YES! This is one of my all time favorites. Cup of shirt, hail of bullets, “where’s the money you son of a bitch?!”, so manu great riffs in this one. The desire for wrestling, the painful narraction, Tim, oh so many things wrong but so right with this one. Would it kill this kid to do a pushup? I could go on…

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Meh. For me Boggy Creek 2 just didn’t land. I consider it to be one of the show’s weaker episodes. Movie is dull as dirt, episodic, and somewhat vainglorious for the star/director. The riffing is OK but nothing really sticks out to me about it. 3 out of 10.

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I love this movie, and I can’t get enough of the riff! This is one of the few “scary” MST3Ks I would listen to when trying to sleep for the year I had insomnia, in part because it is just so ludicrous. Almost every part of the movie is a riot of cheese, and nearly every riff is gold. Bill singing is pretty much a sign of a great episode. Kevin sings just fine, but if you hear Kevin singing that just means it is one of the bazillion episodes Kevin is in.

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This is one that had to grow on me. The first few times I watched it, I really wasn’t all that impressed, but gradually, as I gave it more chances, it became one that I have a real fondness for. There’s just something friendly about this movie.

…I’m not sure that friendly is the right word but there’s just something about the combo of the movie and the riffing that is just right.

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“Warm”, perhaps? I think I see what you’re getting at, there’s a kind of warmth to the whole experience that just works.

What really hits me about this film is its pacing. It’s leisurely, but not glacial. And even with the peril sprinkled throughout, it never seems too dark or oppressive.

That, and the material throughout is a hoot. Riff-wise, I’m fond of:

Dr. Lockhart to store owner: “We’re looking for the Boggy Creek Creature.”
Servo as store customer: “I married her!” [wheezy laughter]

Also:

Leslie: “How much gas we got?”
Crow: “We have E gallons.”

The easygoing nature of the film/episode makes for a good nighttime watch, I find.

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One of the best performances in any MST3K movie is Jimmy Clem as Old Man Crenshaw. He really put everything into his performance and is easily the best thing about this film.

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“I saw the Little Creature” will forever be among the most unintentionally funny lines of any movie on MST.

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“From the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts… Jimmy Clem.”

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Is that a rubber band around his head or just soiled cloth?

If it’s a rubber band, what purpose does it serve?

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