'The Bray Road Beast' Set for Fall Release Jun 14, 2018 14:29:09 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on Jun 14, 2018 14:29:09 GMT -5
The Bray Road Beast Set for Fall Release
ELKHORN, Wis. – Tales of a strange beast seen across the Stateline Area (of Illinois and Wisconsin), said to be a werewolf by believers, is coming to the big screen. Small Town Monsters will release a documentary film on The Bray Road Beast – an alleged snarling, hulking, fanged creature – this coming fall.
Those who have seen the creature have been “left forever changed by the ordeal” the news release says and the story caught national attention when writer Linda Godfrey wrote an article on the alleged beast for The Walworth County Weekly in the 1990s. Godfrey’s series of articles later became the basis for her book, The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin’s Werewolf. The author will be part of the film, which will include sightings by alleged eyewitnesses, investigators and historians, who will relate the decades-old history of the mythical creature.
Sightings of a wolf-like creature in southern Wisconsin date back to 1936, and there was a series of sightings in the 1980s and 90s in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. This will not be the first time the legend of a werewolf prowling the rural areas of Walworth County has been featured in a movie. A horror film, The Beast of Bray Road, written and directed by Wisconsin native Leigh Scott, was released in 2005.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources insists there’s no such thing as werewolves and some residents believe the creature is either a dog/coyote hybrid or even a wolf.
According to DNR officials, Wisconsin’s wolf population remains low, with a population goal of 350 wolves statewide. In a Wisconsin Public Radio Report, volunteer trackers reported a minimum wolf count of 900 to 950 animals last winter. Nationally, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is compiling a report that could result in the removal of wolves from the endangered species list. They were briefly removed in 2011 and returned to the list in 2014.
Source: Austin Montgomery, The Beloit Daily News, June 14, 2018.