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Charles B. Pierce (June 16, 1938 – March 5, 2010) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, set decorator, cinematographer and actor, and is considered one of the first independent filmmakers. Pierce directed thirteen films over the span of 26 years, but is best known for his cult hits The Legend of Boggy Creek (1973) and The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976).

Pierce was born in Hammond, Indiana, but moved to Arkansas early in his childhood. After working in production jobs at television stations, Pierce moved to Texarkana and started an advertising agency. He made his directorial debut with The Legend of Boggy Creek, a faux documentary-style film inspired by the legend of the Bigfoot-like Fouke Monster. The film was funded largely by a donation from an advertising client, and Pierce rented a local movie theater to exhibit it. The low-budget film grossed roughly $25 million.

Pierce followed the success with several inexpensive, regional films set in Southeastern and Southwestern United States. Among them were The Town That Dreaded Sundown, based on the true story of the Phantom Killer murders in Texarkana. Pierce continued directing films into the 1980s, when he wrote the story for the Clint Eastwood film Sudden Impact (1983). For that screenplay, he is said to have written the phrase, "Go ahead, make my day," which became one of the most famous movie quotes in history.

After years of pressure from producers, Pierce directed a Boggy Creek sequel, Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1985), which he considered the worst film of his career. The sequel was featured in a 1999 episode of the comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, which ultimately increased Pierce's visibility. Pierce died of natural causes in Dover, Tennessee. His work has been cited as an influence on the horror film The Blair Witch Project (1999).

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Charles B. Pierce (June 16, 1938 – March 5, 2010) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, set decorator, cinematographer and actor, and is considered one of the first independent filmmakers. Pierce directed thirteen films over the span of 26 years, but is best known for his cult hits The Legend of Boggy Creek (1973) and The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976).

Pierce was born in Hammond, Indiana, but moved to Arkansas early in his childhood. After working in production jobs at television stations, Pierce moved to Texarkana and started an advertising agency. He made his directorial debut with The Legend of Boggy Creek, a faux documentary-style film inspired by the legend of the Bigfoot-like Fouke Monster. The film was funded largely by a donation from an advertising client, and Pierce rented a local movie theater to exhibit it. The low-budget film grossed roughly $25 million.

Pierce followed the success with several inexpensive, regional films set in Southeastern and Southwestern United States. Among them were The Town That Dreaded Sundown, based on the true story of the Phantom Killer murders in Texarkana. Pierce continued directing films into the 1980s, when he wrote the story for the Clint Eastwood film Sudden Impact (1983). For that screenplay, he is said to have written the phrase, "Go ahead, make my day," which became one of the most famous movie quotes in history.

After years of pressure from producers, Pierce directed a Boggy Creek sequel, Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1985), which he considered the worst film of his career. The sequel was featured in a 1999 episode of the comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, which ultimately increased Pierce's visibility. Pierce died of natural causes in Dover, Tennessee. His work has been cited as an influence on the horror film The Blair Witch Project (1999).

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Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 17

Birthday 1938-06-16

Day of Death 2010-03-05

Place of Birth Hammond, Indiana, U.S.

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1987 Hawken's BreedDirector
1984 The Barbaric Beast of Boggy Creek, Part IIDirector
1983 Sacred GroundDirector
1979 The EvictorsDirector
1978 The NorsemanDirector
1977 GrayeagleDirector
1976 The Town That Dreaded SundownDirector
1976 The Winds of AutumnDirector
1975 WinterhawkDirector
1974 BootleggersDirector
1972 The Legend of Boggy CreekDirector
1900 Renfroe's ChristmasDirector

Writing

1987 Hawken's BreedWriter
1984 The Barbaric Beast of Boggy Creek, Part IIWriter
1983 Sudden ImpactStory
1983 Sacred GroundWriter
1979 The EvictorsWriter
1978 The NorsemanWriter
1977 GrayeagleWriter
1975 WinterhawkScreenplay
1974 BootleggersStory

Production

1984 The Barbaric Beast of Boggy Creek, Part IIProducer
1978 The NorsemanProducer
1977 GrayeagleProducer
1976 The Town That Dreaded SundownProducer
1975 WinterhawkProducer
1972 The Legend of Boggy CreekProducer

Acting

2014 The Town that Dreaded Sundown as Man in Diner
1986 The Aurora Encounter as Preacher
1984 The Barbaric Beast of Boggy Creek, Part II as Dr. Lockhart
1976 The Town That Dreaded Sundown as Patrolman A.C. Benson

Art

1973 Scream Blacula ScreamSet Decoration
1973 The Night StranglerSet Decoration

Camera

1972 The Legend of Boggy CreekDirector of Photography

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