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The Wild Man of the Navidad
Directed by Duane Graves and Justin Meeks
Produced by Kim Henkel
Justin Meeks
Duane Graves
Written by Duane Graves and Justin Meeks
Starring Justin Meeks
Alex Garcia
Tony Wolford
Charlie Hurtin
Bob Wood
Edmond Geyer
Mac McBride
James Bargsley
Stacy Meeks
Patrick Hewlett
Music by James McCrea
James Brand
Charlie Hurtin
Marshall Jones
David Turnbow
Ben Buchanan
Kevin Heuer
Karl Rehn
Cinematography Duane Graves
Editing by Duane Graves and Justin Meeks
Distributed by IFC Films (North America)
Release date(s) February 11, 2009 (lFC Films Festival Direct)
August 11, 2009 (USA DVD release)
Running time 86 mins.
Country  United States
Language English

The Wild Man of the Navidad is a 2008 horror film picked up by IFC Films shortly after its world premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. [1][2]

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Plot

This movie is allegedly based on the real-life journals of Dale S. Rogers, a man who, in the 1970s, lived along the banks of the Navidad River in Sublime, Texas - the same area where the original legend of the Wild Man of the Navidad surfaced back in the late 1800s.[3][4] The film follows Dale, his wheelchair-using wife Jean, and her oft-shirtless, lazy-eyed caretaker Mario. Though their ranch sits on vast acres prime for paying hunters, Dale has resisted opening up the land because of the strange, Bigfoot like creatures supposedly inhabiting it. But after the prodding of some of the rifle-loving townsfolk and the loss of his welding job, Dale gives in and opens the gate to his compound. Then the hunters become the hunted.[5]

Cast

Actor Role
Justin Meeks Dale S. Rogers
Alex Garcia Mario Jalisco
Tony Wolford The Wild Man
Stacy Meeks Jean Rogers
Bob Wood Earl Smith
Edmond Geyer Sheriff Lyle Pierce
Mac McBride Boss Man Jack
Charlie Hurtin Karl Crabtree
Patrick Hewlett Vern Findlay
James Bargsley Melvin Pennell

Production

The film was co-produced by Kim Henkel, co-writer of the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre with Tobe Hooper in 1974 and was written, directed and edited by two of Mr. Henkel's screenwriting/production students, Justin Meeks and Duane Graves.[6]

Reactions

Notable horror film critic Scott Foy of Dread Central describes the movie as "a creepy, southern-fried creature feature."[7] IFC Films' Alison Willmore states that it is "a welcome palate cleanser" for the horror genre.[8] Notable film critic Scott Weinberg of Cinematical calls it "enthusiastically splattery...a rather spirited little terror tale...that actually feels like it has been hidden in a vault."[9] Daily Variety critic John Anderson writes "cult status is already achieved...Wild Man mixes homage with horror for a pretty potent dose of movie moonshine."[10] Merle Bertrand of Film Threat relates it as "wonderfully retro...it's time to go back to the drive-in."[11]

Background

The film is a throwback to drive-in Sasquatch classics of the 1970s like The Legend of Boggy Creek, and is known for its recreation of their specific vintage style, pacing and feel—from the real-life characters down to the period production design and music. [12]

References

  1. ^ http://www.rainbow-media.com/release_release_press.jsp?nodeid=5901 IFC Films Leads Fantastic Fest With Six Films
  2. ^ http://www.indiewire.com/ots/2008/03/tribeca_08_trib.html Tribeca Unveils Discovery, Midnight Slates for '08 Fest
  3. ^ http://www.texasescapes.com/MurrayMontgomeryLoneStarDiary/Wild-Woman-of-the-Navidad.htm The legend of the Wild Man in Texas
  4. ^ http://www.wildmanofthenavidad.com The Wild Man of the Navidad Official Website
  5. ^ http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/blog/2008/04/tribeca-director-interview-justin-meeks.php Justin Meeks Filmmaker Magazine Interview
  6. ^ http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0829442/ The Wild Man of the Navidad] at Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ http://www.dreadcentral.com/reviews/wild-man-navidad-the-2007 Dread Central's Review
  8. ^ http://www.ifc.com/film/indie-eye/2008/05/tribeca-08-rednecksploitation.php IFC Film's Review
  9. ^ http://www.cinematical.com/2008/04/26/tribeca-review-the-wild-man-of-the-navidad/ Cinematical's Review
  10. ^ http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117936893.html?categoryid=31&cs=1&query=wild+man+of+the+navidad Daily Variety's Review
  11. ^ http://www.filmthreat.com/index.php?section=reviews&Id=10994 Film Threat's Review
  12. ^ http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid%3A674074 Beware: Bigfoot Ahead

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