This regional horror film shot in Oil City, Shreveport and Bossier City Louisana was directed by Joy N. Houck, Jr. and released by Howco.
The reports of a mysterious swamp creature attacking two fishermen and killing one of them prompts two college students to persuade their professor to let them investigate.
They arrive in Oil City and are met with some hostility when they try and talk about the monster. They are warned by the local sheriff to stop the investigation. They proceed anyway and come across one of the fishermen who first saw the creature. Jack Elam turns in a great performance as Joe Canton, a man most people consider crazy, but spins a terrifying yarn about the monster.
The students, Pahoo (Dennis Fimple) and Rives (John David Carson) finally manage to set up a camp deep in the swamp and soon fin they may have bitten off more than they can chew as the creature reveals itself. The final battle between the two men and the beast is very well handled by director Houck.
The cast is rounded out by Dub Taylor as a man who had a previous encounter with the monster that killed his daughter. Bill Thurman as the sympathetic Sheriff and Jim McCullough, Jr. as the grandson of Dub Taylor. The characters are totally believable and that helps pull you into this scary story.
The print quality from Sinister is very good and it's widescreen. Highly Recommended film!!