By: David Mizejewski
Back in 1978, a series of strange events happened in Minerva, Ohio. They specifically happened to the Caytons, a typical small-town American family, and changed their lives forever.
As the story goes, the Caytons began to experience some odd activity at night on their property on the outskirts of town, which backed up to woodlands and an old strip mine. It started with strange noises and rocks being thrown, and culminated with the killing of the family dog and a visual encounter of a giant, shadowy figure looking in the window of the house. In other words, it's the perfect monster story!
My pal Seth Breedlove thought so too, and decided to make a film about the incident, which blew up and turned the sleepy town into a circus of media and "Bigfoot hunters" descending on the Caytons' property.
I watched the film, entitled The Minerva Monster, and it has a great "monster movie" vibe similar to the vintage Bigfoot film The Legend of Boggy Creek, but without the hokey narration or horror movie cliches.
I asked Seth why he wanted to make the film, and why he chose to make a movie about a monster that isn't your typical monster movie. Here's what he had to say:
"While I don't consider myself a "believer" in Bigfoot, I do think there is enough evidence to make looking into the subject worthwhile. This particular story, especially, seems to have no easy answers. This is only further corroborated by law enforcement and media personnel who investigated it.
I grew up in a family where history was a very important part of our lives (my parents owned a historical bookstore). I saw an opportunity in making this film to help preserve something important. Maybe not immediately obvious in terms of importance but certainly important to the city of Minerva and the state of Ohio in general. All history, good or bad, should be told and retold. The Minerva Monster case is no different."