|By Bob Weaver 2007|
An independent filmmaker is thinking about bringing another of West Virginia's legendary creatures to the silver screen.
The famous Braxton County Monster would join Mothman as the subject of a film.
The "Mothman Prophecies" movie starring Richard Gere was released in 2002.
Los Angeles movie-maker Thomas Dickens says he'd like to make a film about the Braxton monster. He is looking for funding.
A group of adults and youth reported seeing the 12-foot-tall creature near Flatwoods on September 12th, 1952. The metallic oddity smelled of sulfur, they said.
America's eccentric UFO promoter Gray Barker of Clarksburg made the Braxton monster famous. His material led to the Men in Black films and contributed to the Silver Bridge saga.
Barker was always trying to make a living from his material, many calling him a hoaxer. Years later, film makers and authors have made millions from his "inventions." He essentially died broke.
The monster will be the featured attraction at the Flatwoods Monster 55th Anniversary and Flying Saucer Extravaganza scheduled for September 7-8 in Charleston.
Promoter Larry Bailey says he has hard evidence of the Braxton County Monster as well as proof that aliens crashed a spaceship near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.
We would like to suggest another alternative film, the Hur Sloth Monster, which unfortunately failed to create much excitement in its' time.
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