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‘Minerva Monster’: Film documents sightings of creature that lurked in small town

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MINERVA, Ohio — Nearly four decades ago, the town of Minerva made its way into the national spotlight over something a family saw in the woods behind their home.

The ‘Minerva Monster’ wasn’t spotted just once that August 1978 — the Clayton family said they repeatedly saw the creature and eventually even called the authorities.

Now, a documentary has been released about the ‘monster’ as part of a series called “Small Town Monsters.” The film is directed by Seth Breedlove and produced by Jesse Morgan and Alan Megargle. There’s an original score by composer Brandon Dalo. All are Ohio natives.

The film documents the series of the ‘big foot’ sightings in the small town. It features interviews with law enforcement, media and witnesses.

A YouTube post with the trailer states:

The story blasted onto the front pages of newspapers across the state and into the consciousness of a nation. For weeks, police, news crews, and scores of hunters descended on the town of Minerva with one common goal; to find the beast.

One witness  described the animal he saw as six to seven feet tall and covered in hair. He said it weighed upward of 400 pounds.

The documentary is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and internet streaming services.

Plus, the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce will also host a ‘Minerva Monster Day’ event on June 6 to herald the release of the film. The chamber will offer free screenings of the film at the Roxy Theatre. There will also be presentations and vendors at the event.

For more on Minerva Monster Day, click here.

For more on how to watch/purchase the documentary, click here.

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