Legend Of The Bog starts out by introducing us to three groups of people, two in each group. The groups are Val (Shelly Goldstein), who is called out to a job site because they dug up a 2000 year old body, and her cab driver Deano (Gavin Kelty). Cousins Hannah (Amy Huberman) and Mallory (Olgo Wehrly) are a little lost. And we also have David (Jason Barry), who in an anthropologist, and Saiorse (Nora-Jane Noone). Val orders her men to get rid of the body and to not call anyone. She knows that a discovery such as this could shut down her job site, thus pushing it further behind schedule. One her way back to down, Deano gets stuck in the mud. The cousins run out of gas. Saiorse manages to hit a cow, thus rendering her car useless. So we have all these people on foot, and they all manage to end up at the same hut, which they discover is owned by Hunter (Vinnie Jones). What they are all about to learn is that the 2000 year old dead man has been brought back to life by the bog, and is now out for some revenge.
When I first looked at the above poster for Legend Of The Bog, I admit I was rather worried. It just looks like a poster for a bad B movie. In that way Legend Of The Bog surprised me. It wasn't near as bad as I thought it was going to be, but it still wasn't good even though it comes close. The bog the movie takes place in, which is somewhere in Ireland (as well as this movie being from Ireland), has a way of returning life to the dead to avenge wrongs. What is it that all these people have done wrong? Well most of it is slowly revealed as the movie plays out. Once the Bog Body, played by Adam Fogerty, is among the living once again, he is not even close to where the others are. Even though he manages to find a store and a circus, the others only find this one hut with apparently nothing even close being around. Legend Of The Bog has a rather slow pace to it that didn't bother me a whole lot, but I was starting to wonder if anything was ever going to happen between the group and Bog Body. Even though the poster shows Vinny with a nice machine gun, he never actually uses one in the film. The way the movie is set up, you would have thought that Hunter was going to have a big showdown with the Bog Body, but this never really happens either.
The deaths, when shown, are done fairly well. Only a couple are actually shown though, which kind of sucks. Most of them are just hinted at, like the cow. Show the car about to hit the car, cut to some other scene and then come back to show the blood all over the windshield. As you can see from above, when shown the deaths can look pretty good. Depending on who you ask, most seemed to have thought that the acting was real back for this one. I didn't find it all that bad, but just thought of it as okay. No one really stands out to me, and there isn't really a main character to get behind. Jason Barry and Nora-Jane Noone do get the most screen time though.
Another thing that bugged me was the stories had to tell. It wasn't that these confession stories weren't interesting, but you could see a general theme going through each of one. So much so that when the final story comes around, you can pretty much guess what happens as soon as the story starts. Also the last story comes up at an odd time. While they are all fighting for their lives, the last story comes up. Seems like an odd time to throw that out there. It was also confused by David. He seems like he understood the Bog Body in a way, and wanted to place nice. Instead, he does a 180 for no real reason. As I said though, I didn't fine Legend Of The Bog to be all bad. Some of the comedy works well. It isn't the campy style of comedy that tends to bug me to death at times. I just felt the plot needed to be better this time around.
2 out of 5 Could have used an actual bog monster as well