I’ll try to keep this brief. Those of you who grew up in the 1970’s on low-budget horror & sci-fi flicks, specifically cult classics like Bigfoot (1970), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976), and my favorite, The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972), may find this interesting.
The Legend of Boggy Creek was an EXTREMELY low-budget movie about a legendary Bigfoot-like creature seen many times in the Fouke, Arkansas area -- and everyone has their favorite scene in the film (the monster smashing the bathroom window while the guy’s sitting on the can, the cat who dies of fright and is frozen to death at the mere sight of the beast, etc.) -- but what isn't discussed much is the film's unique music.
To this day the soundtrack (yes, the soundtrack!) to The Legend of Boggy Creek, pops up on my iPod frequently. That the filmmaker decided to put original songs in this docudrama about a terrifying, swamp beast was a stroke of weird brilliance not lost on me! Is there any other Bigfoot-type movie or monster documentary with empathetic songs about the characters and the scenery?
The songs were all written by the film's scriptwriter, Earl E. Smith, with memorable titles such as, "The Legend of Boggy Creek", the jaw-droppingly eccentric "Love Theme from The Legend of Boggy Creek" in which Earl puts himself in the monster's soggy claws to imagine how the monster - the MONSTER! - must feel wondering if he'll ever get laid:
Perhaps he dimly wonders why / There is no other such as I
To touch, to love before I die / To listen to my lonely cry
Honestly, had anyone ever thought about that aspect of the swamp-beast monster's life before Earl E. Smith wrote those words?!
Did anyone WANT to think about that aspect of the monster's life?!!
And, of course, the film’s true musical chestnut, "Travis Crabtree ( AKA Nobody Sees The Flowers Bloom But Me)"
How 'bout that trumpet outta nowhere?!!
While the songs in this movie are no doubt awkwardly crafted, I find one true measure of a song is how memorable it is. In this regard, “Travis Crabtree” is as catchy an early 70’s song as any that you will find going through your mind ~ with infuriating frequency!
Because Travis Crabtree was a real person and not just a character in this film, I decided to search the internet to see “Whatever Happened to Travis Crabtree?” Surprisingly, while I came across the question of whatever became of him asked on numerous sites, no one seemed to have any concrete information. Well, after digging around for awhile, I discovered that one Travis O. Crabtree moved to Florida where today, at 58, he lives with his wife and runs his own trucking company. Below, for your enjoyment, are photos of Travis Crabtree yesterday & today.
Note: This posting is being done with the utmost respect for Travis Crabtree, so if posting these photos in anyway violates Travis’ privacy, they will be removed.