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Title: The Wildman of Kentucky, the Mystery of Panther Rock
Genre: Bigfoot, Supernatural, History
Production Company: Reality Entertainment
Is Bigfoot real?
This is the question that The Wildman of Kentucky† asks, featuring on-site interviews and an investigative team’s foray into the night woods in search of the unknown.
Some might think Bigfoot (aka Sasquatch) is just a North American myth but, as the song goes, it ‘aint necessarily so.
Cultures around the world have reported sightings, recorded hairy giants in folklore and shared stories about attacks and abductions at remote camps. Some paranormal investigators even link the Bigfoot phenomenon with UFOs, Atlantis, and who knows what.
So where does this leave us? Is Bigfoot just a lot of Big Bunk? Or is there something more to the story?
It’s easy to dismiss Bigfoot as a product of wishful thinking, overactive imagination or hallucination. I might have done so a few decades ago.
But let me tell my own true story.
While driving from Toronto to Ottawa I saw a man hitchhiking on the side of the highway. I rarely if ever pick up hitchhikers but this one seemed different so I stopped to give him a ride.
The hitchhiker and I started talking. I was a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies and he, for all intents and purposes, was a homeless wayfarer.
After a few minutes of conversation, I quickly realized that he was an intelligent, God-fearing man.
Our talk drifted to matters of religion and spirituality and I asked why he left society for the life of a traveling man. At that point he told me he’d seen a Sasquatch in a forest.
What really “did it” for him, he said, was seeing the large beast running straight through the trees–not around but right through them.
Bigfoot skeptics note that no actual specimen, living or dead, has ever been produced, despite a $100,000 reward offered by a Canadian publishing house in 1973.
The paranormal researchers John and Anne Spencer admit that some reported cases may be true but believe most are an “American myth” (The Encyclopedia of the World’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries, Headline, 1995: 55).
The Spencers say that if Bigfoot were as widespread as many claim, we’d no longer have a mystery but a well documented phenomenon with lots of hard evidence.
That might sound good to hardheaded debunkers who just can’t envision the world beyond today’s acceptable paradigms. But is the universe really that simple?
If the story I heard from the hitchhiker was as genuine as it seemed, it’s possible Bigfoot-like beings might live somewhere between this and another world. An alternate reality?
This might sound strange. But considering we’re smack dab in the middle of a great mystery called life, it would be arrogant to dismiss all Bigfoot accounts without first considering alternatives.
And that’ s exactly what The Wildman does–consider alternatives without getting hooked on any particular one.
† This film now comes in a Two DVD set: BIGFOOT IS REAL!: Sasquatch to the Abominable Snowman.
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