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The Wild Man of the Navidad (2009)

Justin Meeks , Tony Wolford , Ben Buchanan  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Justin Meeks, Tony Wolford, Charlie Hurtin, Alex Garcia, Stacy Meeks
  • Directors: Ben Buchanan
  • Writers: James McCrea
  • Producers: James Brand, Marshall Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BEXE24
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,992 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wild Man of the Navidad" on IMDb

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PURE 70s DRIVE-IN NOSTALGIA! --Austin Chronicle

Hilarious and Creepy --Aint It Cool News

A SOUTHERN FRIED CREATURE FEATURE… Fans Of LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK Are Going To Love It! --Dread Central

Product Description

From The Producer Of The Original TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE

Based on the terrifying true story from the journals of Dale S. Rogers

In 1975, the small town of Sublime, Texas had an encounter with a creature so horrifying that it remains legend today: Deep in the woods along the Navidad River, someone or something has left its lair to rip a trail of ferocious carnage through the local population. Is it man, monster or Lone Star myth? And in a rural community commanded by the Bible, corrupted by moonshine and ruled by rifles, can anything stop the vengeance of a beast unleashed? Pass the popcorn and hook that speaker to the driver s side window, raves Film Threat. THE WILD MAN OF THE NAVIDAD has a lot of heart and captures the essence of 60s and 70s grindhouse/drive-in horror!

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love southern horror! February 3, 2010
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'The Wild Man of the Navidad' definitely has that 70's camp feel to it! When watching it, I could clearly see that it pays homage to such films as: 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', 'The Legend of Boggy Creek', 'Creature From Black Lake' etc. Even though it does pay homage to those films, it doesn't over do it in such a way that it would be ripping off its predecessors. It is truly original and I can easily see this becoming a cult classic over time. It just has to! Besides this being a low low budget flick, I could tell the makers behind it wanted their legendary wild man to say as campy as if it were depicted in 70's cinema. And by that I mean this isn't the scariest beastly-looking man that is seen by todays Horror movie standards (today being the keyword). Don't get me wrong, this wild man does play out a creepy vibe! I love how the wild man is portrayed. It's realistic. It's believable. Some viewers will not get it. I'm going to go out on a limb and say younger audiences these days will be the ones that wont get it when getting their first glimpse at the beast. Having grown up just outside of Shreveport, Louisiana for the past twenty something years, I might be a little biased on this "review". To be honest, once I find out there is a Horror flick that puts on some kind of southern act, I go in with almost a negative attitude right from the start. Well, I'm glad to be wrong! This flick has nothing but locals in it! So in that case, I can't argue about actors overplaying the redneck role. haha.

What does make this "true events" story different from the other flicks I've mentioned, is that there is some splatter involved, but nothing too over-the-top. If those of you can understand its campy approach and not look at it as just being silly, than you will enjoy it for what it's meant to be. The images captured in 'The Wild Man of the Navidad' are beautiful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wild MAN of the navidad August 2, 2014
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I had been eagerly waiting to see this film ever since I learned of it. Paying a homage to one of my faves "The Legend of Boggy Creek", it plays as a vintage 70's low budget horror flick. The filmmakers even contacted the late Charles Pierce (who had done Boggy Creek) for his involvement...to which Chuck replied if he wasn't running the show, he wanted no part.

(Below riddled with spoilers)

Based on true events, this is the story of a man recently laid off from his job, and (in desperate need of money) decides to open up his land to the local hunters so they may hunt for game on his property, even though he knows his land is inhabited by a savage wild man. Though he has been trying to appease the wild man for some time with offerings, a hunter shoots and injures the wild man, and then all hell breaks loose.

I have read many reviews on this film, and have heard the good and bad things people have said. But I wanted to address the bad:
Yes I agree, I wanted a bigfoot movie out of this too. This is a little different creature feature. I was confused at first about the creature's appearance with it wearing animal skins. This was unlike any bigfoot story I had heard. But then I looked it up online. Some reports say that the original wild man of the navidad was indeed a man, an escaped slave in the 1800's who was a prince of his tribe back in Africa. After escaping, he donned animal pelts and lived off the land for 14 years. Farmers would find their tools missing one day, only to find them returned and sharpened the next day. And he never hurt anyone. He was eventually captured and re-enslaved. Then after the Civil War, he was released. So even though the creature seemed strange to me, to see him running around in animal pelts, I get that side of the story....
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny September 28, 2009
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Made on no budget, this was a decent first feature. The genre gets a reboot; this is very grindhouse, go-go 70s-style, so you'd need to be a fan of those to enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic June 16, 2014
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This film is moody, atmospheric and very well-done. Acting isn't bad and the filmmakers rely on building suspense in lieu of effects they can't afford. This is one heck of an entertaining film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What you expect! January 16, 2014
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This is a b class movie that gives you what you expect! No surprises here! Don't spend too much for it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Freddy Krueger on meds August 16, 2013
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I realize that this is supposed to be a deliberate turkey, but "The Wild Man of the Navidad" is actually worse than some of the Bigfoot-related low budget films from the 1970's it's supposedly inspired by. Any relation to "The Legend of Boggy Creek" is purely incidental.

The "hillbillies" are primitive, perverted and bizarre, rather than normal or quaintly charming. The monster is purely evil, rather than misunderstood. The first part of "The Wild Man" comes across as a David Lynch production, but unfortunately without David Lynch. The second part is a slasher movie. This might be fun to watch if you like really bad horror films (or slash) but they lost this reviewer when the "Bigfoot" creature turned out to be a turkey version of Freddy Krueger.

The end credits contain the following message: "This film contains graphic documentations of wild game hunting and evisceration. These scenes were shot with working, licensed trappers and were in no way staged or repeated specifically for this production". Sure hope you're right, buddy, because otherwise I'm afraid I have to call the proper authorities. Or slash you.

One star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE WILD MAN OF THE NAVIDAD
I READ THE INFORMATION ON THIS MOVIE AND I THOUGHT IT SOUNDED LIKE IT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT I WOULD LIKE. VERY FAST SHIPPING.
Published 11 months ago by Tab
3.0 out of 5 stars WMofN
i love 1970s type of movies. this was a homage to that era, kinda like "boggy creek", one of my favorites. Read more
Published 14 months ago by lance ramrod
1.0 out of 5 stars not much action
i like big foot movies. this left me guessing as to what it is about. the movie itself i did not understand all of it.
Published 19 months ago by Lee Buzilow
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor attempt at 70s horror
Let me start by saying I LOVE the 1970s subgenre of horror/pseudo-documentary films. So I had high hopes for this one when they used a title card lifted from "The Legend of Boggy... Read more
Published on August 30, 2011 by BigDad5150
5.0 out of 5 stars CRAZED-CREATURE ROAMS THE WILDS IN CREEPY "NAVIDAD"
As a child (pre-STAR WARS), comic books, horror magazines and Japanese sci-fi had captured my innocence. Read more
Published on March 21, 2011 by Ronnie Jimenez
1.0 out of 5 stars the wild man of the navidad
This is one of the worest movies I even seen. It had so much cursing and ungly talking all through the movie. save your money find something else.
Published on December 19, 2010 by The King
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives ya the original Chainsaw vibes
This review may be somewhat biased due to the fact that I live on the Navidad River in Morales, one of the rural communities that the Wildman was thought to have lurked about. Read more
Published on November 29, 2010 by Mark 44 magnum
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay movie
We ordered the movie new, so the condition was not an issue, however, this movie is for the collector that wants to add to his Bigfoot collection. Read more
Published on November 9, 2010 by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, realistic, atmospheric, '70s-stly thriller!!!! BUY IT!
This film ROCKS! Not only does it perfectly capture the feel of the '70s, but also of the rural areas of south Texas, populated by colorful chracters that are genuinely weird. Read more
Published on September 28, 2010 by Bobandy
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