Creature from Black Lake (1976)

USA, 1976
35mm film, Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Joy Houck Jr.

Plot Summary

Fishermen are attacked in the Louisiana swamps by a Bigfoot-like creature.


Directed by: Joy Houck Jr
© MCMLXXVI [1976] by Jim McCullough Productions, Inc.
Production Companies: Howco International presents a Jim McCullough production
Executive Producer: William Lewis Ryder
Produced by: Jim McCullough
Screenplay by: Jim McCullough Jr
Director of Photography: Dean Cundey
Film Editor: Robert Gordon
Music by: Jaime Mendoza-Nava
Sound: Tommy Causey
Wardrobe: W.L. ‘CC’ Ryder Jr.
Make Up: Charlene Cundey
Special Effects: Sterling Franck
Art Director: Roger Pancake

Jack Elam (Joe Canton)
Dub Taylor (Grandpaw Bridges)
Dennis Fimple (Pahoo)
John David Carson (Rives)
Bill Thurman (sheriff)
Jim McCullough Jr (Orville Bridges)
Roy Tatum (Fred and creature)
Catherine McClenny (waitress)
Becky Smiser (sheriff’s daughter)
Evelyn Hindricks (Mrs Bridges)
Michelle Willingham (Michelle)
Roger Pancake (H.B.)
Chase Tatum (Little Orville)
Bob Kyle (Rufus)
Karen Brooks (Orville’s mother)
J.N. Houck Jr (Dr Burch)

Alternative Titles

La criatura del lago negro – Spain
Demon of the Lake
Karagölün canavari – Turkey
Le Monstre du lac noir – France
Odjur – Sweden
Potwór z Czarnego Jeziora – Poland
Träskmannen – Sweden (video)



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