Horror on the Lens: Curse of the Swamp Creature (dir by Larry Buchanan)

Today’s horror on the lens is 1966’s Curse of the Swamp Creature!

Probably the best thing about Curse of the Swamp Creature is that it was filmed in the town of Uncertain, Texas, which is right near the Texas/Louisiana border.  Uncertain, which sits on the shores of Caddo Lake, was incorporated in 1961.  Reportedly, when filling out the paperwork, the town’s founders wrote “Uncertain” in the blank for the name because they genuinely hadn’t come up with a name.  And …. well, you know what happens when you try to make a joke on an official document.

Anyway, this film was directed by Larry Buchanan and that’s really all you need to know about it.  Buchanan specialized in making low-budget remakes of other films, though he always claimed that Curse of the Swamp Creature was a totally original idea on his part.  The film is about a mad scientist who lives in the swamp and is trying to reverse evolution.  Things don’t always work out the way that they should and occasionally, the mad scientist has to feed his alligators.  John Agar’s in the movie, of course.


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