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Charles B. Pierce, RIP

DOVER, TENN. — Charles B. Pierce, an Arkansas native and independent filmmaker who made the influential 1971 film “The Legend of Boggy Creek,” died at nursing home here Friday, March 5, of undetermined causes. He was 71. MSTies know Pierce as the star, writer, director and co-producer of his 1985 followup film “The Barbaric Beast of Boggy Creek, Part II, ” which was retitled “Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues,” when it appeared in episode 1006.

You can read an AP story about his death here.
Here’s a piece from the area where he was living in his later years.

Thanks to Kathy for the heads up.

69 comments to Charles B. Pierce, RIP

  • 1
    mikek says:

    R.I.P. The very fact that he was in a nursing home at 71 probably means that the cause of death was unpleasant. Sad

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  • 2
    GizmonicTemp says:

    mikek #1 – I’m perhaps generalizing, but he always struck me as the kind of person who smoked a lot. Perhaps that’s why he needed assisted living so soon. But I do agree, that’s too bad. My prayers go to his family.

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    bigzilla says:

    Sorry to see the gentleman go, as my wife and I sure have enjoyed Boggy Creek 2 for many a year. In fact we will probably have a special memorial viewing of it in honor of his passing. In the meantime, I’m gonna sniff my arm sweat to calm down and make sure my baby is tied in the trees to keep her safe from the creature.

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    Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    I was going to watch an Indian horror movie tonight, but screw it. It’s Boggy Creek 2 in memory. I’m even going to stuff a hand towel down the front of my jeans to get that weird looking batch thing going. Goodnight, professor.

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    Eric in NJ says:

    Bigzilla has the right idea with a memorial. Im gonna watch B2TLC as well and Im going to do it wearing my dirtiest bib overalls (no shirt) and loaded shotgun and chewing tobacco. also im gonna try and power the tv and vcr with a gas powered generator. *wiping away a tear*

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  • 6
    Jeff in Denver says:

    I will let out a razorback hog call tonight in your honor. R.I.P. Charles. Sad

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  • 7
    dafs says:

    At church tomorrow, I will wear my black broccoli rubberband.

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  • 8
    CG says:

    Wow, I hate to hear that. I also had no idea that he inspired the Blair Witch Project.

    RIP from a fellow Southerner and SEC fan.

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  • 9
    Johnny Cat says:

    And the legend continues, never to be heard from again…

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  • 10

    Sniff… I’ll always remmember your weird batch, cropped jeans, and bent chicken legs… sniff. R.I.P.

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  • 11
    Kevin says:

    Well, I know what I’m watching tonight. Here’s to you Charles! And my condolences to the family, especially you, Chuck “Tim” Pierce, wherever you are. Cry

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  • 12
    Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    …I think I’ll call all my rowdy friends over tonight!

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  • 13
    Rachel says:

    R.I.P. Mr. Pierce. Sad
    “I saw the little creature.”

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  • 14
    Jane Dobson says:

    Ah, “Dictator for life, Charles B. Pierce,” you will be missed. We’ll be watching “Boggy Creek 2″ tonight in his honor.

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  • 15
    Timmy says:

    Pierce also directed the soon-to-be-remade “The Down that Dreaded Sundown,” a pretty darn good 70s documentary-style horror movie. But I will always remember him for the Boggy Creek movies, that put the Southern bigfoot on the map, and led to a hilarious MST3K episode.

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  • 16
    Jerry says:

    And before I thought of Horrors of Spider Island I was going to put in Boggy Creek II as being underrated this morning.

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  • 17
    Ryan says:

    Blue smoke will pour from my motor in your honor, sir.

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  • 18

    As some have suggested, watching this episode is the right thing to do. No one who creates art, of any sort, wants to be remembered any other way (although I do hope he took the riffing in the right spirit).

    I can’t watch tonight (too late) but my wife and I will definitely watch this tomorrow.

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    Chief?McCloud! says:

    Prayers to his casts & family. Wish I had known before I just suffered through …Aztec Mummy…

    I look forward to seeing the little creature tomorrow. Imagine who could be at the memorial service?

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    Mikey says:

    True to his word Charles B. Pierce never did ‘call again’- You will be missed

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  • 21

    My friends and I always thought it was awesome that the Brains did a movie made in Arkansas. Last Halloween we made a pilgrimage to Fouke, and a lot of the buildings and stores seen in the movie are still there. Also, the Boggy Creek Creature couldn’t possibly be scarier than all the zombified followers of Tony Alamo that live in that town (his “flagship” church is in a converted strip mall). If I’m not mistaken, Chuck Pierce also sang the theme song to the first Legend of Boggy Creek film under the name Chuck Bryant.

    Like so many others, I’ll be having a mini-marathon of Boggy Creek tonight.

    Rest In Peace. Wooooooooooooooooooo PIG SOOEY!

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  • 22
    M Moogle says:

    Here’s a more detailed article: http://www.channel3000.com/entertainment/22765078/detail.html

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  • 23
    fantagor says:

    First thing tomorrow, I will be sure to drink Wild Turkey while looking for a waffle house. You were enjoyed, my friend. Say hi to the little creature in sky for us all.

    Randy

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  • 24
    Brainchild says:

    He’s gone to the great Waffle House in the sky. Hopefully there he will never have to see “the little creature” again.

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  • 25
    Warren says:

    This makes it obvious what I’ll be watching next-and he got story credit for the Dirty Harry movie Sudden Impact (which I watched recently but didn’t notice his name)-so there’s more than just creatures to his movie legacy.

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  • 26
    Nicolletta says:

    Man, I just watched “Boggy Creek II” the other day. I think I’ll put on a tube top, perm my hair and get the jeep stuck in the mud in his honor.

    RIP Charles B. Pierce.

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  • 27
    MonkeyPatrol:InColor says:

    “Hello, TIM…”

    RIP, Charlie B. Your movie was terrible, but it sure has brought a lot of joy to a lot of people.

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    Pixiesnix says:

    He immortalized where I used to sleep (Reid Hall). RIP Chuck.

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  • 29
    Fart Bargo says:

    Bummer man. Read the more detailed story provided by MM @ 22 and the story speaks of his daughter Amy. No mention of his son the famous ‘Stickboy’. He doesn’t even have a shirt sleeve to dab away his tears. RIP Mr Pierce.

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  • 30
    Spector says:

    In our MST3K community “Boogy Creek 2″ will live on…RIP. Definitely going to watch this one today in memory of Mr. Pierce.

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  • 31
    Timber says:

    I’ll have to pop on BC2 in memory today.

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  • 32
    snowdog says:

    Holy crap! The original Boggy Creek made $25 million? I hope had a nice nursing home! Has anyone here seen the first one?

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  • 33
    Pemmican says:

    Explitive deleted! Mr. Pierce a talented leader during camping expeditions, making sure things played out okay, etc.

    On the more serious side, Pierce was also a very enthusiastic filmmaker and even has a film festival in his native Arkansas. Hate to see such a talent go, and we don’t even know if he was working on Boggy Creek 3/4!!

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  • 34
    M. Pipper says:

    R.I.P. Charles. Boggy Creek 2 is one my wife and I watch a lot, and it won’t be the same any more. We also enjoy “The Legend of Boggy Creek”–it’s a fun rainy-Saturday afternoon flick.

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  • 35
    Ryan Moody says:

    For those interested the orignal The Legend of Boggy Cree is public domain. You now can have a double bill of bigfoot goodness in Mr. Pierce’s honor.

    http://www.archive.org/details/the_legend_of_boggy_creek

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  • 36
    WouldntYouLikeToKnow says:

    Oh well, life goes on. Except for you!!

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    Insect Man #47 says:

    Oh, it always hurts when you see someone go before their time. Condolences to his family. It’s cold here today, but I shall walk around with my t-shirt strung over my shoulder in memory of (as Tom Servo called him) Charles B. (in over his head) Pierce.

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  • 38
    WeatherServo9 says:

    Wow, looks like there was a lot of Boggy Creek viewing this weekend. I bet this many people haven’t watched this movie at the same time since the MST3K episode was originally broadcast.

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    I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    A good weekend to dust off MST3K Vol. V.

    Touch of Satan for next week’s discussion, and Boggy Creek II to send off CBP to the little creature in the sky.

    RIP old man.

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  • 40
    Gary Bowden says:

    Sad to hear about his passing,but at least he’s in a better place..If anyone is interested,check out The Town that Dreaded Sundown,which is pretty good,but you get to see him in drag briefly.Don’t know if that’s a good thing or not..R.I.P. Charles..

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  • 41

    I saw LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK on youtube, and BOGGY CREEK 2 is the best of the MST3K Volume 5 set. I also suspect Charles sung the ending credits song in LEGEND. Pretty good song too.

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    shine, shine, shine your love, or aka the mistie formally known as..there was no monster.. says:

    rest in peace, and may you be ready for some football beyond this life.

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  • 43
    Dr. Batch says:

    Why nine gars?

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  • 44
    Finnias Jones says:

    I reviewed Legend of Boggy Creek over on the Discussion Board. He definitely had an eye for nature.

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  • 45

    Aw, that sucks. I remember being terrified by the original Boggy Creek as a kid and I love the MST3K episode. Maybe they’ll do a decent release of The Town that Dreaded Sundown, now.

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  • 46
    trickymutha says:

    This is really sad news- to think he was only 71 and in a nursing home. Shoot, my Dad, for instance, is getting close to 90 and lives on his own.

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  • 47
    ThorneSherman says:

    An icon in MST lore has passed. To Snowdog#32, i have seen the original, it’s strictly done as a documentary. Seems like everyone in the town of Fouke has the same last name. Like so many of you, i will be watching his magnum opus tonight, in honor of his passing. Now if you’ll excuse me, i’ve got to tend to my fires….

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    losingmydignity says:

    Awww…poopie, two southerners in one week–first the great (totally unrelated to MST, btw) writer Barry Hannah, and now Chuck. RIP.
    I urge you all to try to find a copy of Norseman and watch it in his honor (Norseman is kind of Chuck’s “Citizen Kane”)

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  • 49
    Ang says:

    This is the first MST related passing in a long time where I saw it and actually gasped in shock mixed with a little sadness. I always watch a movie sunday night to finish off the weekend and tonight it will be Boggy Creek II: The Legend Continues (to be not heard of by anyone). This is a favorite and another that I just never get tired of. When you’re watching these it’s like they are frozen in time the way they were in the film and it’s hard to picture good old Doc Lockhart as an old man. I’ll always think of you as a middle aged anthropology professor chasing elusive creatures in the swamp with your painfully skinny son, braless Tanya, and her friend with the fright wig. Happy hunting Doc!

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    Torgo's Pajamas says:

    Charles B. Pierce: may you rest in eternal peace with the comfort that comes with knowing that you have attained near-immortality and will live on every time that some MST3K fan watches your terrible performance in the laughable “Boggy Creek II”. It’s more than most of us will achieve.

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  • 51
    mst3ktemple says:

    Just finished watching 1006 in Mr. Pierce’s honor. What a great episode. Condolences to his family.

    As a side note, and I hate to admit this, but I don’t think I ever noticed the credit to Kathleen Murphy for the use of her guitar.

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    shine, shine, shine your love, or aka the mistie formally known as..there was no monster.. says:

    I wonder how Tim is holding up…. Shock

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  • 53
    pablum says:

    I always knew actors from the 1980s eps would be leaving us, but never did I think some would go this early.

    Warrior of the Lost World has been struck the hardest from the 80s. With only the only remaining well-known actor from the movie, Fred Williamson, still being with us.

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  • 54
    Nick says:

    Lame – I actually really liked his filmography – both boggy creeks and sacred ground. I really wish I could’ve made it to his retrospective a few years back that was posted here Frown

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  • 55
    silentseason says:

    RIP Insane Hog Caller.

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  • 56
    ck says:

    I’d say a quote from a Mysty movie is in order:

    “Goodnight sweet prince. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

    Although his death does leave unresolved which was worse in the
    movie, the “humorous” outhouse bit or anything with Crenshaw in it.
    (Or for that matter any display of Tim’s physique Shock ).

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  • 57
    thecorman says:

    A sad day indeed Cry

    Notwithstanding the insufferable, gratuitous showing of his pectorally challenged son’s nipple pods, the late, great Mr. Pierce attempted to create an adventure film aimed at 1980′s teeny-boppers with virtually no violence, gore, or nudity; and with a central theme of the preservation of nature.

    Considering the venomous, life-despising celluloid vomit aimed at teenagers then and now(but that may be my age showing), I consider Boggy Creek II on all counts, a noble endeavor, even if a failed one.

    From everything I’ve read, he seemed to be a very kind, likable gentleman, who always had time to talk to fans.

    And if he was able to write a screenplay that impressed the likes of Clint Eastwood and created possibly the most popular movie phrase of all time, he most definitely had talent.

    Rest in peace sir, and I will say prayers of comfort to your family and loved ones.

    Tanya Yazzie – I will always love you

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  • 58
    Graboidz says:

    RIP Mr. Pierce. You scared me plenty as a young kid growing up in the 1970′s with the original Boggy Creek and The Town That Dreaded Sundown! Plus I’ll always have fond memories of watching “The Bootleggers” at my local drive-in as kid. You were a B-Movie legend.

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    BeefStumpKnob says:

    The original LOBC was my first “date” movie, think i was 14 or 15 and way too busy trying to get to first base to even notice much of the movie! Sorry, Charles B and R.I.P.!

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    radioman970 says:

    Lots of nostalgia tied to him with me. His flicks remind me of going to movies as a kid. BCII is among my fav MST3Ks because of that. Damn.

    RIP Mr. Pierce. Frown

    I’ve never seen the original Boggy Creek, too scared as a kid when it came out. Guess I’ll have to find that one somewhere. And Town that Dreaded THE TRAILER scared the crap out of me as a youngun. Years later I finally watched and feel it may be his best film out of what I’ve seen. Second might be Winterhawk. He was genuinely trying to make a statement about Native Americans. Notice I didn’t say “an accurate statement”. Razz It’s pretty good though…except for the rape scene.

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  • 61
    Jacob says:

    I would just like to say that the postings above reinforce my view of other MST3K fans, and their humanity. Their comments about Mr. Pierce, and their genuine sadness at his passing, as well as the messages to his family, show that all the ribbing given to Mr. Pierce was good-natured and not with any ill will. Good job, everyone!

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  • 62
    Yipe Striper says:

    As a fellow arkansan… I am deeply sadened by this. Charles… I’ll always remember the legend…

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  • 63
    Yipe Striper says:

    Jacob… You are speaking for me as well. What mst3k was able to do is make me truely fall in love with these movies… Boggie creek tonight…

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    shine, shine, shine your love, or aka the mistie formally known as..there was no monster.. says:

    this is one of my favorite episodes, and I just looooove that grainy 70′s look. His movie makes me happy, Alien and therefore, I have nothing but pure respect for the man. run to the light…

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  • 65

    R.I.P. DOC! Cry

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  • 66
    mary says:

    Cry RIP Mr pierce, To all of u that have slammed the fact thathe was in a nursing home I have a few words for u.Stop and think if it were u. Would u want someone to care for u when ur family couldnt? Keep in mind that it could be u one day.Iam a CNA and care very much about people and their familys.And there r many more out there like me that care.My niece was one of the CNAs that cared for him and might be taking care of u one day.My regards to the family

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  • 67
    This Guy says:

    I too watched Boggy Creek II the other day in Mr. Pierce’s honor, and I was reminded that a lot of the cinematography of the Arkansas swamps and riverlands was very nice. The movie’s opening wouldn’t be out of place in a PBS nature documentary. Pierce seemed to care about the wilderness areas in his home state, which is nice.

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    Timmy says:

    Nothing in my childhood terrified me more than the advertisements for The Town That Dreaded Sundown, & I honor him for that. I was for an extended period convinced that an axe-wielding hooded murderer from Texarcana whose crimes were A TRUE STORY and who had never been caught was likely to invade my bedroom at night.

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    randy says:

    I didn’t know that Charles had pasted away. I will keep his family in pray. I didn’t know him, but I do know Smokey Crabtree that was involed with Legend of Boggy Creek. I have heard alot of Smokey’s stories about filming the movie and Charles. I live just 45 miles from Fouke where they filmed the movie. RIP Charles.

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