Bog – USA, 1978 – reviews

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‘Craving human flesh. Lusting for human blood’

Bog is a 1978 American horror monster movie directed by Don Keeslar from a screenplay by Carl Kitt.

The film was shot around Harshaw, Wisconsin. It was given a limited release theatrically in the United States by Marshall Films in 1983 and was subsequently released on VHS by Prism Entertainment Corporation.

Main cast:

Gloria DeHaven, Aldo Ray, Marshall Thompson (First Man into Space, It! The Terror from Beyond Space) and Leo Gordon (Attack of the Giant Leeches).


When a local is fishing with dynamite in Bog Lake, something larger pops to the surface: a green bug-eyed monster awakened from a long sleep, which promptly begins killing fishermen who stumble across its lair. When biologist Ginny Glenn (Gloria DeHaven) discovers the creature’s evolutionary nature, the local sheriff decides to use various methods to destroy the beast…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Technical competence hits the dirt (butter knife edits, awful compositions) and things drag towards the end, but that’s all right. The regional silliness, library music pilfering, and kaput budget drop the film somewhere between a Monster Kid Home Movies outtake and the earlier Night Fright. Kill scenes are ridiculously dramatic. The monster suit fails on all levels. Frequent bursts of hilarity courtesy Mr. Ray and Chuck detach all strings; even if you fall asleep, you’ll feel pretty good about it.” Bleeding Skull!

” … Bog is a silly, ineptly made film, and at times it’s an awfully tedious one, too. But because it’s also one of those movies in which virtually everything seems subtly out of whack in ways that ordinary forms of badness can’t explain, I find myself positively disposed toward it nonetheless.” 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting

“Bog is so derivative and formula-bound it could have been blocked out by stencil. The entire catalogue of pulp SF/horror/monster stereotypes and cliches are paraded past us, from retarded hillbillies to arseholish deputies. Thompson and De Havens ‘touching’ geriatric smooch interlude is a corny lowlight (?) that will have you wondering if you unwittingly stumbled into “On Golden Bog”…” Les Moore, Monster! issue 18

Filming locations:

Harshaw, Wisconsin


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We are most grateful to Basement of Ghoulish Decadence, Critical Condition and Serious Jacksonville Horror for some of the images above. Long may they also bog about.

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One Comment on “Bog – USA, 1978 – reviews”

  1. seem to recall hearing that Pete Walker co-owned the video label (home video supplies?) that released this in the UK, making it propably the worse thing he’d inflicted on the public since Tiffany Jones !

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