COMING TO DVD IN THE USA 8-11-2009!!
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From Greeks Productions and the producer of the original 70's horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre comes The Wild Man of the Navidad. This vintage horror tale is based on the real-life journals of Dale S. Rogers. Shot in a 70's style B-movie aesthetic, Mr. Roger's veracious accounts are brought to vivid, chilling life in this intelligent retelling of an old rural legend involving a small Texas community terrified for years by a mysterious creature inhabiting the nearby woods. (Runtime: 86 minutes)
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For details on the true story, both old and new, keep reading...
The following image contains excerpts of an actual newspaper article from 1856 which descbribes an encounter with a wild man north of the area:
"The strange footprints began to appear during the steamy summer of 1834 along the banks of the Navidad River," writes Randy Reese in a July, 2002, article in the Victoria Advocate. At the same time, sweet potatoes and corn began disappearing from area fields [just southeast of the tiny rural community of Sublime in Lavaca County, Texas]. Tools vanished from storage sheds. Later, various farm animals such as hogs and sheep went missing. Again and again, what seemed like two and even three of these illusive beings ran together, leaving a trail of curiosities in their wake.
"Early Texans on the river bottoms near Edna [and Sublime] were baffled: was it Native Americans, a runaway slave - or maybe even some kind of strange creature?" Reese questions.
Sensing an evil presence, local slaves dubbed it "the thing that comes" as its behavior became more and more bizarre. News of the eerie occurrences reached a national level and before long reports surfaced that a mysterious beast had slid past fierce sleeping dogs undetected, making its way into houses to terrorize inhabitants in the middle of the night. After a number of encounters, townspeople eventually agreed on one thing: whatever it was, it wasn't entirely human.
"No one seemed to have the answer then, and the questions still baffle historians today," Reese concludes.
Many of those curious incidents occurred on a massive spread of dense Texas brushland owned by the Reverend Samuel C.A. Rogers, a circuit-riding minister in the area. Rogers later wrote about his experiences, which were later printed in renowned author J. Frank Dobie's 1938 novel "Tales of Old-Time Texas." This is how the legend of The Wild Man of the Navidad (or woman, depending on which version you read) began, a story many believe to be the first documented sightings of a Sasquatch-like creature in South Texas. Over the years, history books have described how the wild man was eventually captured and discovered to be nothing more than a runaway slave. More than a century and a half later, in 2004, new details have surfaced which contradict this popular theory.
For Mr. Dale S. Rogers, a direct descendent of the Rev. Rogers, the baffling run-ins with the unknown continued far beyond record - and became much more frequent and ultimately violent. Up until the mid 1970's, Dale and his invalid wife lived in a quaint ranch house situated on the very same Texas acreage passed down his lineage for generations, much of which is still uncharted even today. Recently retired, Dale has begun to talk about his experiences on the property, describing a frightening series of encounters with the wild man as late as 1975.
"All these ideas of the wild man being some sort of refugee prince or slave dying down in Refugio and what not is a bunch of fabricated bologna. Those things were out there for years and they still might be. I saw one many times. My daddy saw it. My grandaddy saw it. It was more animal than anything else, and if anyone crossed it, it sure wouldn't hesitate to let you know that," proclaims Dale Rogers today.
Offering for the first time his detailed journals, Super 8 films and illustrations of the creature, Dale's harrowing story can finally unfold, and is the inspiration behind the chilling new thriller from Greeks Productions. The film's co-writer/director team, Duane Graves and Justin Meeks, teamed with legendary 70's horror producer Kim Henkel, made a point to stick as closely to Mr. Roger's accounts as possible.
A Texas Historical Marker detailing the legend of The Wild Man of the Navidad can be found on the perimeter of Roger's land along Highway 90 west of Sublime. The estate, reportedly over six-hundred acres, is private property and currently deserted. Even today, travelers visiting the marker have reported unusual sounds bellowing from deep within the Navidad River bottoms beyond that particularly lonely stretch of highway.
The Wild Man of the Navidad
History tells one story. Truth tells another.