By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
Although they sound fantastical – just like the creations of a Hollywood werewolf film – accounts of the so-called Dogmen proceed to pour in from honest witnesses throughout the nation who’re satisfied they’ve seen one thing. These embrace Wisconsin’s famed Bray Highway Beast, however there are additionally a variety of studies out of Kentucky, particularly the Land Between the Lakes space.
Not possible because it sounds, people are satisfied they’ve seen upright, bipedal Dogmen. Although there are variations, there are additionally similarities, like studies of the elongated canine ankle, which supplies the looks of a second, backwards bending knee when the creature is standing upright. (In some cases they reportedly drop to all fours, however in others they’re reported to run off in an upright, bipedal movement.)
Canines that stroll upright don’t exist although – exterior of the awkward gaits of educated home canine, and that’s not what’s being reported. They don’t have the reported crimson, glowing eyes of those Dogmen both.
So, if the beast is a organic impossibility, what’s it?
That’s the query that Small City Monsters’ latest movie, American Werewolves, ponders. Starting with older European werewolf tales introduced right here by early French fur trappers and different settlers, and Native tales of Skinwalker kind beasts, the movie makes an attempt to place these fashionable tales within the folkloric context of those earlier tales, but it surely additionally takes an in depth take a look at how the fashionable mythos has developed.
That fashionable mythos, or no less than a part of it, developed throughout web dialogue threads on tales and studies, contends that as a substitute of one thing cryptozoological, a few of these Dogmen could also be extra akin to these earlier Skinwalker and werewolf tales. As an alternative of purely flesh and blood, some people consider they might be supernatural.
One widespread concept, touched upon briefly in one of many older reported Bray Highway tales in STM’s documentary on these sightings, makes a connection between the Dogmen and Native American mound constructing cultures.
A few of the witnesses in American Werewolves appear to carry with the speculation that these are probably some type of Native protector spirits associated to wolf cults and burial and effigy mounds. It’s a stretch, and one which isn’t essentially supported by something greater than essentially the most tenuous connections to varied Native myths and traditions.
Others consider they might be demonic, or another kind of supernatural being. Nonetheless others suppose they might be flesh and blood, however crossing over to our actuality from a parallel dimension one way or the other, like the assorted critters reported from Utah’s Skinwalker Ranch.
There’s little documentation to assist the Native American angle, or any of the opposite supernatural or interdimensional theories.
Growing folklore by no means lets documentation get in the best way of an excellent story although, and American Werewolves does a terrific job of documenting the most recent evolution of
werewolf myths by way of the lens of Dogmen sightings. Whether or not demon, protector spirit, Skinwalker, or old-school lycanthrope, the tales are compelling and worthy of examination by skeptics and believers alike.
Bodily copies of the movie can be found for pre-order now on the smalltownmonsters.com web site, with digital streaming choices out there after the movie’s official launch.
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