The Bray Road Beast (2018)

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“In the early 1990’s a rural Wisconsin community called Elkhorn was at the center of a series of real-life werewolf sightings. As local reporter, Linda Godfrey, began her investigations into the “Beast of Bray Road”, other reports from around the country, and soon, the world, began flooding in.” — IMDb

The Bray Road Beast is my favorite kind of documentary: all about a mysterious, werewolf-like creature that stalks the roads and fields of a small town called Elkhorn in Wisconsin. It was brought to us by Small Town Monsters, a production company started by Seth Breedlove that specializes in exploring bizarre creatures and cryptids (they’ve got several other films, including one about The Flatwoods Monster and Mothman, who I actually talk about in my podcast’s first episode).

They focus on Linda Godfrey — a reporter who got drawn in to the genuine fear and concern of the townspeople — and John Fredrickson — a retired Walworth County animal control officer who was present for several of the investigations, as well as some members of the Bray family.

It’s a fascinating watch, made even more entertaining by the many artistic representations throughout (both in dramatic re-enactments as well as artwork of the beast itself). It’s a short watch already (just about an hour long), but it will fly by, and an impressive number of the re-tellings are downright chilling (one particular segment about a static camera set in a field really freaked me out). They also did a thorough job of exploring the potential connections throughout the town. It made me want to fly out to Wisconsin right freaking now to catch a glimpse myself.

I can’t wait to check out more of Small Town Monsters’ works — cryptids are a huge interest of mine, and they’ve got quite a few great ones under their belt already!

Rating: 7/10 | Director: Seth Breedlove | Writer: Seth Breedlove, Mark Matzke | Narrator: Lyle Blackburn

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