The Beast of Bray Road is a 2005 American supernatural horror feature film based on the urban legend of a mysterious creature in Wisconsin.
Written, edited and directed by Leigh Scott (Piranha Sharks; The Dunwich Horror; Dracula’s Curse; Frankenstein Reborn; et al), The Asylum production stars Jeff Denton, Thomas Downey, Sarah Lieving and Joel Ezra Hebner.
Reviews [click links to read more]:
“There’s nothing spectacular beyond the decent gore effects, but the creature does look sort of cool (and sort of goofy). A couple of the creature killings are reasonably well done. Also, there is some gratuitous nudity sprinkled throughout, but nothing outstanding from any of the willing women.” Celluloid Cemetery
“Even when The Asylum isn’t ripping off another movie, they still suck. Beast of Bray Road could have been a fun movie had they actually had creature action and not so much utter stupidity and poor storytelling. Otherwise, this isn’t even a fun monster movie.” Cinema Crazed
“It sucked in a truly cosmic way, so bad that I was afraid watching it would cause me to fall into a door of the Abyss (that’s pretty bad). The dialogue was nothing but clichés from beginning to end. I could accurately predict the next words out of everyone’s mouth as though I was clairvoyant.” Feo Amante
“There’s a whole sub-plot where a bunch of people in town- including the Deputies!- try to exploit the monster’s appearance for profit. Does it go anywhere? Nope. When your movie barely reaches 70 minutes, you’ve got to fill in the gaps somehow! The whole thing is just so repetitive and tries to compensate with gore. There’s nudity too, although not much to speak of.” Mondo Bizarro
“The Beast of Bray Road is not as bad as it could be, but that is not saying very much. A werewolf tale that follows the rampaging of a legendary, local beast, the film supplies lots of gore but little story or effectiveness.” Travis Lyttle
” …the monster effects really aren’t too bad as they’ve tried to make their werewolf look a tad different from the norm by giving it long mangy hair and deep green eyes and for the most part it works despite being an obvious man in a monster suit.” The Video Graveyard
” …very uninspired and cheesy in a bad way. The plot is predictable and full of cliches from start to finish, the characters are all cardboard, and the gore gleefully flings buckets of entrails around with a couple of gruesome butchering scenes but even that is nothing to write home about.” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre
Cast and characters:
- Jeff Denton … Phil Jenkins
- Thomas Downey … Quinn McKenzie (as Tommy Downey)
- Sarah Lieving … Kelly
- Joel Ezra Hebner … The Creature / Ray Loubes (as Joel Hebner)
- Tom Nagel … Billy Loubes
- Noel Thurman … Pamela Fitske
- Matt Kawczynski … Dennis Snarski
- Dan Tana … Zeke Loubes
- Bernadette Perez … Gina Germaine
- George Williams … Father Rogers
- Anne Apra … Mrs. Van Beek
- Kyle Kaplan … Jeff Van Beek
- Mark Womack … Timmy
- Christina Rosenberg … Sandy Brown
- Maija Polsley … June Brown
- 80 minutes
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78: 1
- Audio: Stereo
The Beast of Bray Road – or the Bray Road Beast – is a creature reported in 1936 on a rural road outside of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The same label has been applied other sightings from southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
Bray Road is a quiet rural road near the community of Elkhorn. The rash of claimed sightings in the late 1980s and early 1990s prompted a local newspaper, the Walworth County Week, to assign reporter Linda Godfrey to cover the story. Godfrey was apparently initially sceptical, but later became convinced of the sincerity of the witnesses. Her series of articles later became a book titled The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf.
The Beast of Bray Road is described by purported witnesses in several ways: as a bear-like creature, as a hairy biped resembling Bigfoot, and as an unusually large (2–4 feet tall on all fours, 7 feet tall standing up) intelligent wolf-like creature apt to walk on its hind legs and weighing 400-700 pounds. It also said that its fur is a brown-grey colour resembling a dog or bear.
A number of animal-based theories have been proposed. They include that the creature is an undiscovered variety of wild dog, a waheela (said to be a giant prehistoric wolf similar to Amarok), or a wolfdog or a coydog.
It is also possible that hoaxes and mass hysteria have caused some falsehoods and sightings of normal creatures to all be artificially lumped under the same label. Concurrently with the sightings in Wisconsin, there was a rash of similar encounters in the neighbouring state of Michigan.
In 2018, micro-production company Small Town Monsters (The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear) released the pseudo-documentary The Bray Road Beast