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Exclusive Unseen Footage: The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972).

This sequence contains outtakes, alternate footage and clapperboard shots from “The Legend of Boggy Creek”. These 35mm elements were discovered during an extensive 4K restoration of the original camera negative by Eastman Kodak, part of The George Eastman Museum. While the footage contains no audio, it still provides a fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse of this iconic motion picture. Of particular note are the slate boards featuring the movie’s original title, “Tracking the Fouke Monster”. Directed by legendary ‘maverick’ filmmaker Charles B. Pierce, “The Legend of Boggy Creek” is a horror docudrama which received national attention in 1972 after its unique “Four Wall” distribution, arranged by director Pierce, broke regional box office records wherever it played. Subsequently picked up for nationwide release in 1975, it has gone on to attain cult classic status and has served as an inspiration to many filmmakers, including Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, who cite the movie as a major influence on their 1999 box-office smash “The Blair Witch Project”. Supervised by the director’s daughter, Pamula Pierce Barcelou, the fully restored and remastered version of “The Legend of Boggy Creek” will receive a nationwide theatrical release later this summer.

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