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’70s Bigfoot thriller “CREATURE FROM BLACK LAKE” now available on Synapse Blu-ray, with exclusive slipcover

Friday, August 19, 2022 | Blu-ray/DVD, News


The cult-fave man-monster movie is making its hi-def disc debut with a new restoration and bonus features.

In its e-mail newsletter (for which you can sign up here), Synapse Films has dropped the surprise announcement that its all-region Blu-ray of 1976’s CREATURE FROM BLACK LAKE is now available for immediate shipping, with a special limited slipcover. This edition (2,500 units) is available only from the Synapse Films website and DiabolikDVD. Directed by Joy Houck Jr. (NIGHT OF BLOODY HORROR), scripted by and co-starring Jim McCullough Jr. (MOUNTAINTOP MOTEL MASSACRE) and featuring cinematography by Dean Cundey (HALLOWEEN, JURASSIC PARK), CREATURE toplines Dennis Fimple and John David Carson as grad students who head into the swamps of Louisiana in search of the legendary title beast. Veterans Jack Elam, Dub Taylor and Bill Thurman are also part of the cast. The disc sports a brand new 4K restoration in 2.35:1 widescreen from the original camera negative, supplemented by:

  • Audio commentary by author/filmmaker Michael Gingold and film historian Chris Poggiali
  • Swamp Stories: All-new featurette with director of photography Dean Cundey
  • Original theatrical trailer and radio spot
  • Exclusive slipcover design from Justin Coffee

Retail price is $29.95; a mass-market edition without the slipcover will go on sale at a later date. Synapse also revealed that there will be an exclusive slipcover for its upcoming Blu-ray of SATAN’S LITTLE HELPER (see details here), which is similarly available only via Synapse Films and DiabolikDVD.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).