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By Mike Watt | April 14, 2003

An eccentric anthropologist and his genius kid sister employ a team of students to exhume the bodies of a group of Viking-era berserkers lost to a bog during a by-gone wilder era of history. Soon, the long-dead mossy, wrinkly corpses start to move about and create all sorts of havok.
With “Bog Creatures,” a fun, good old-fashioned monster movie, director Ingvordsen pays tribute to the traditions laid down by Corman and Hammer by serving up a movie almost devoid of nudity and profanity, and precious little bloody violence, except for a couple of intense “attack” moments. “Bog Creatures” is actually a nifty matinee film that parents should sit down to watch with their adventurous kids. (Why the MPAA saddled it with an “R” rating is beyond me, as it’s far less objectionable –in story, plot, writing, intelligence, characterization and violence – than Darkness Falls, “They,” or whatever garbage-masquerading-as-horror poured out of Hollywood recently.)
“Bog Creatures” has a unique story that helps the viewer past some of the cliched pitfalls of the monster genre (really, what other movie in recent memory has an entire expository section delivered in old High Danish?). And, as always, “The Goddess of B-Movies”, Debbie Rochon (AMERICAN NIGHTMARE), gives an above-par performance as a traumatized victim of the title creatures. Horror fans constantly bemoaning the lack of originality in their favorite formula should definitely give this one a look.

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