Posted by: Craig Woolheater on August 10th, 2014

Authored by Howard “Chalupacabra” Goldthwaite, co-host of the CryptoCast.

Breakdown of various genres of cryptozoology-related programming and films

Cryptozoology is going mainstream! Nowadays, people can’t get enough of bipedal monsters, lake monsters, cave monsters, flying monsters, and mutated monsters. To feed this exploding appetite for monsters, it seems you can’t turn on the TV or go to the movies without seeing one of several different types of formats.

To help clarify the splintering genres, here’s an overview to help us all understand the various categories.

You probably have a favorite category, and there might be a category that you wish would go extinct. In the comment section, feel free to name names and tell us your favorite and least favorite categories, shows, and movies.

Documentary Style Searches:

Investigators talking to actual eyewitness, doing actual searches and research.
• Finding Bigfoot
• MonsterQuest
• Destination Truth, with Josh Gates (also delves into paranormal)

Animal Search Shows:

Researchers go looking for various known ¬– but often rare animals.
• River Monsters, with Jeremy Wade
• Monster Fish, with Zeb Hogan
• Turtle Man, with the Turtle Man

Complete Fabrications:

Fake evidence, fake footage, and fake eyewitness accounts masquerading as actual events and research.
• Megaladon
• Mermaids: The Body Found

“Creature Features”:

Fictional encounters with cryptids or scary animals, clearly for entertainment purposes
• Willow Creek
• Exists
• Bigfoot Wars
• The Water Horse
• Loch Ness (with Ted Danson)
• Sharknado
• Creature From The Black Lagoon
• Godzilla
• King Kong
• Anaconda
• Sharktopus vs Pteracuda
• Harry and the Hendersons


Researchers/Teams compete to find evidence and win money.
• 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty


Scripted searches for made up animals, for entertainment purposes only, but presented as documented searches by real investigators (“scriptozoologists” search for “scriptids”).
• Mountain Monsters
• Swamp Monsters
• Underground Monsters

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

One Response to “Crypto-Shows!”

  1. slick1ru2 responds:

    Add tonight’s giant shark feature on Discovery about ‘submarine’ to the fiction accounts. So disgusted with Discovery for this crap.

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