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Info & Idea: Charles B. Pierce's 'The Legend of Boggy Creek' (1972)


I recently traded e-mails with a source close to the Pierce estate about film prints of The Legend of Boggy Creek. According to him, the original negatives were stored at Technicolor but are now lost. The Pierce Estate does not have a complete print. The source himself has only a highly damaged reel. There is a private collector who claims to have “pristine” set of all reels, but will not allow a transfer because he believes it will cause damage. I have to wonder if this pristine set of reels is now fading into an unrecoverable red mess - it is an early 70’s low budget film after all.

I have no idea where a print of this may be, but wanted to get the idea out there of recovering this one. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this one is in the public domain. I know Pierce tried to copyright a slightly modified version in 1975, but I’m not sure how that works out.

On a different note, I tried creating a more watchable presentation of the bootleg Education 2000 DVD which was a transfer of the 1988 Neon Video VHS. The 1988 VHS is believed to be of an anamorphic 16mm print. It looks horrible, but is the only widescreen version of the film available. The audio on this was equally horrible, so I took superior audio from one of the fullscreen releases. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4lYLrmmj9Y

And here’s a similar effort from another fan for reference - https://archive.org/details/TheLegendOfBoggyCreek1972 He may have been using the actual Neon Video VHS release.