HIDDEN HORROR – The Wild Man of the Navidad

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Here is one for all you horror fans. You probably missed this IFC Films title, which came out a few years ago. It’s a wonderful 70’s style throwback to films like “The Legend of Boggy Creek.”

“The Wild Man of the Navidad” is a film about the legend of the Wild Man, a beast man creature thing that inhabited the wilderness near the Navidad river in South Texas. Dale S. Rogers, the man who owns a piece of said land ends up leasing it to hunters due to financial desperation, not knowing the full danger of how menacing the Wild Man really is.

What really shines about this film is it’s creepy unsettling southern style atmosphere, a sort of unsettling deep south atmosphere similar to other 70s classics like the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “The Legend of Boggy Creek.” I mean the atmosphere in this film is practically dripping down your throat. Oh and don’t worry gore hounds, the Wild Man does kill a number of southern folks, with blood and pieces of meat going here and there.

If you’re in the mood to watch a grimy unsettling southern style horror film but don’t want to watch Texas Chainsaw or “The Legend of Boggy Creek” give “The Wild Man of the Navidad” a chance. If you enjoy chainsaw and Boggy Creek then you’ll enjoy this Wild Man.

-James J. Coker

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