Mountain Monsters: A Review

A.I.M.S. team from left, Jeff Headlee, research, "Wild Bill" Neff, expert tracker, John "Trapper" Tice, team leader, "Huckleberry" Lott, security, and Willy McQuillian
A.I.M.S. team from left, Jeff Headlee, research, "Wild Bill" Neff, expert tracker, John "Trapper" Tice, team leader, "Huckleberry" Lott, security, and Willy McQuillian

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Wolf Man
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Dragon Creature
"Buck" and "Huckleberry" listen for sounds of a dangerous creature
"Buck" and "Huckleberry" listen for sounds of a dangerous creature
Moth Mab
Moth Mab
Ohio Grass Man
Ohio Grass Man
Wampus Beast
Wampus Beast

Just when we thought that reality television had reached its pinnacle of entertainment, along comes Ken Charles, Russell Geyser, Royal Malloy, Colt Straub, Duke Straub, who first merged their edgy imaginations, and secondly stood back and basked in the success of their newest reality television offering: Mountain Monsters.

Don't be confused. Mountain Monsters, seen on America's Destination (channel) on DirecTV, is not a children's entertainment show. This show is not a cartoon, but good old down-home, unvarnished rural entertainment whose fame has spread from a handful of viewers to legions of adoring fans.

This show deals centrally about the work of A.I.M.S., an acronym for Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings, a group of hard-core hunters, who delight in spending days investigating the sightings reported (to them) by people of the Appalachian Mountain area in West Virginia and as far as Kentucky and Ohio. Okay. So far. So good. The show's creator's formula for keeping viewers coming back is working like a charm.

A.I.M.'s founder and team leader, John "Trapper" Tice, and his "band of merry mountain men," chase creatures with names such as: Wolfman, Devil Dog, Grassman, Wampus Beast, Mothman, and Lizard Demon. These creatures, or folklore of these creatures have spawned countless sightings in the over-1500-mile long Appalachian Mountain range. This mountain area serves as the perfect locale for such a show as Mountain Monsters. no hint or track of Big Foot.

This, to me, is very mysterious. If I were the producers, Big Foot would be my lead-off "monster," of tracking because America grew to love Sasquatch, the correct label for Big Foot.

What do you say let's meet the cast of Mountain Monsters, or A.I.M.S. At point you have the team leader and A.I.M.S. founder, John "Trapper" Tice, a fatherly-figure wearing a worn Stetson and a well-worn duster. Tice is the man who decides where A.I.M.S. travels to track and possibly-net the next creature of truth or imagination and how the team will trap that week's creature. Doing valuable research for Tice's team is “Jeff” Headlee, a sincere, investigator, who also uses a thermal imaging camera during each show's hunts.

Then you have “Huckleberry” Lott, a mountain of a man with the kind heart of a child, heading up security for the Mountain Monsters team. Stepping up next is, "Willy" McQuillian, a Veteran and trap builder for the Mountain Monsters who’s drive and master (trap-designing) skills is obvious for "Willy" designs the trap to fit the creature they are seeking. The next A.I.M.S. member has grown to have a personal-following that numbers in the thousands is, “Wild Bill” Neff. Neff aids the A.I.M.S. team as an expert tracker and veteran of the Marine Corps, who thrives on adventure loves tree climbing and assisting wherever

necessary for the courageous Mountain Monsters team. Finally, rounding out the Mountain Monsters team is “Buck” Lowe, the stout, seasoned rookie who is being brought along--honed and shaped into a future A.I.M.S. member. Simply put, "Buck," gets the unwanted jobs passed-up by the veterans of the group.

All of this information is what and whom Mountain Monsters is about.

Here are things that are right about the show, Mountain Monsters.


Accent is definitely a plus in my opinion. There are no hillbillies sitting under trees being lazy while sucking on strands of wheat between their teeth. The members of A.I.M.S. are well-spoken, professional in their presentations and explanations and this says a lot by way of the producers lending respect to these guys who are NOT actors, but real, down-to-earth men.


Spontnaety and surprise, either scripted or non-scripted is fun to watch. Even the look of fear on the team's faces as their prey is heard in the distant stretch of woods.


Surroundings and locale for each week's show are splendid and a chance for those who haven't experienced the beauty and rough beauty of the Applachian Mountain Range to enjoy something peaceful and doesn't insult the viewer's intelligence.


Comradary and bonding, in my opinion, are more than a group of guys looking for a mysterious "Turtle Man," who ravishes a farmer's cornfield, it's the foundation of a show of this nature. You can see right away that these guys are real friends.


The show is not a parody of rural people. Although the name, Applachian is used to describe where the A.I.M.S. team works, there is in no way in any show, a hint of fun-making of the people who still live their own way in this rustic area of the United States. In other words, Hollywood and it's insensitive writers, producers, and heartless stand-up comics have nothing to do with the production of Mountain Monsters and to me, that is the best thing about this show.


Mountain Monsters, without knowing it, has created a new term: Real reality television. Listen for this term to start being used in entertainment circles in the near future.


Now to be fair and totally up-front

Here are the things "I" find wrong with Mountain Monsters.


No women are on the A.I.M.S. team. Call me liberal if you like, but I would love to see a well-educated rural, crafty rural girl who be a part of the team to be fair with the female viewers who need to be represented.


The show, although not scripted, needs to have more structure. Now you have "Trapper" Tice and maybe "Huckleberry" meeting that week's citizen who has seen a creature of long ago and never been caught. Then "Trapper," meets with the A.I.M.S. team and explains the newest creature hunt which is not that different from the last one. So where is the variety? Maybe a humorous creature who doesn't cause trouble could lead the team on a 30-minute thrill-hunt through the woods of the Applachian Mountains.


Conclusion to a hunt would be nice. The A.I.M.S. team does a fine job of showing team work and cooperation. There is seldom a cross word between them. And

the team does what they say they will do to the most-recent person with a sighting. In other words, they follow through. What I would like to see, maybe once and not used as a cliff-hanger, is the A.I.M.S. team to actually CAPTURE ONE creature. Now all we see is a 30-minute show with the team laying and building traps and looking scared while running through the woods because one of the team has heard a twig snap.


Firearms of the A.I.M.S. team is less than perfect. If you have seen the guys in action, they are all using just rag-tag rifles and shotguns. Why not give them high-powered rifles or maybe a few 30-30's to put the monsters in the ground?


What bothers me is "Wild Bill" Neff is he is a six-year vet of the Marine Corps and the Marines are not supposed to fear anyone, man or beast be it true or made-up, but on the shows I have watched, Neff seems to be as scared as "Buck" the rookie monster hunter.


All in all, this is a real reality show. And one of the things that make it that way is that some of the A.I.M.S. team members get real "salty" with their language

as they are talking about past creature hunts or those they are on at present time, so I would exercise parental control if I were you about to watch Mountain Monsters with your children.


Out of five stars, I give this show at least three stars.


"Wild Bill" left, and "Willy" talk over the newest trap that "Willy" is building
"Wild Bill" left, and "Willy" talk over the newest trap that "Willy" is building
3 stars for Mountain Monsters

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Efficient Admin 2 years ago from Charlotte, NC

My first thought was, what no Bigfoot? I have not seen this show (nor ever heard of it) but it for sure sounds like a spinoff of "Finding Bigfoot" which is shown on Animal Planet so maybe they didn't want to step on any toes possibly? Most of these creatures I haven't heard of except Mothman but not Moth mab. But isn't the Ohio Grass man the same as Bigfoot? Interesting hub and voted up.


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Efficient Admin 2 years ago from Charlotte, NC

Maybe they should report the Grassman to Bobo and Matt and all the gang at Finding Bigfoot and have them come investigate! LOL


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Efficient Admin,

(love your name),

I agree. Oh, you get to see glimpses of these creatures, but the gang never traps one to show off to onlookers.

I never put this in the hub, but how do these guys make a living? Do the towns where these monsters are sighted pay these men a fee for investigating? I know that Willy, the trap designer, has a farm to keep his family fed, but as for the rest, I cannot find out.

The show is not that bad. But to recant one of my criticisms, when the gang are in the forests at dark depending on their small lights attached to their hats for vision, there is a lot of scurring around to get a position to see and shoot the creature in question and the camera goes wild, so if this were a straight-forward, in-fake-forest set, it wouild be dull.

Watch it sometime and you write a hub about it.

Thanks again for your input and are you one of my followers? If not, I cordially invite you to check my works (besides this one) and be a follower.

Peace.

K.


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Efficient Admin 2 years ago from Charlotte, NC

Dear Kenneth - thank you and yes I sure am one of your followers and love reading your hubs. I went to youtube and watched a few clips and the one clip was at night and real dark and Huckleberry kept slipping in a river about 4 times. He got soaked each time. It was hilarious (he did not get hurt though!) I am thinking they perhaps do get some pay for filming these shows. I know I wouldn't do it for free LOL.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Efficient Admin,

No, thank you for following me. You cannot fathom just how much that gesture means to me. If I were extremely-wealthy, I would take ALL of my followers on a six-month cruise, pay-off all of their bills and deposit 1 million bucks in their bank accounts.

I really would do that.

And thank you for your comments about Mountain Monsters. I like Wild Bill, the ex-Marine. He is a tough dude, but hilarious in what he says.

Write and visit me anytime.

Peace.

K.


Thee Ox 2 years ago

I'd only go if Wild Bill went...


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thee Ox,

Me also.

Thanks for your comment. I myself like Wild Bill a lot.

He is the show in my opinion.


Anon Amos 2 years ago

I'm constantly amazed at the people who watch this thinking it's a reality show, its a comedy.

Just check the end credits next time you watch an episode, just in case any one is too lazy, it already seems that way as people are saying its real or fake all the time, this is what it says "No Animals were hunted, trapped or harmed in any way in the making of this show"

Anyhow, on to topic, I love this show and who couldn't. Once you take the reality out of it, like you are obviously supposed to otherwise they wouldn't have that disclaimer at the end, then you will realize that this is pure comedy gold. Watching a grossly overweight guy, Buck, trying to run while constantly falling is funny, watching these guys try build traps and then "we underestimated the strength of this monster" when it busts clear through it or "Dang it, if it was just 2 feet over we'd have got it" along with 1 or 2 other constantly used excuses are a running joke.

And to top it off, we got Wild Bill of "Uncle Sams Misguided Children"USMC (His words not mine but I will use them first chance I get) This guy should have a bigger roll in the show it would be better, lets not forget most people watch this for giggles and Wild Bill, huh, is sure to, huh, give you heaps of them, huh! If Wild Bill lived near me I would make it my business to be a friend of his, who wouldn't like to be able to call on Bill if you were feeling down? He is the cure for depression, honestly, some people with depression, myself included feel better after getting up and going out and doing something. Wild Bill would sure have you out doing stuff, it would probably have you wetting yourself laughing too, Bill is great, everyone should know a Wild Bill kind of guy.

Thanks if you've read this far and thanks for this hub on a subject I am happy to go on about for hours!!


KHanberry 2 years ago

My people are from the West Va. mountains. If they made as much noise while hunting we would have starved to death. It's like watching a comedy routine.


Monsters Undergro 2 years ago

Cryptid fans should check out the premiere of MONSTERS UNDERGROUND on Destination America on Friday, August 22nd at 10/9c.  

 

The first episode will follow a team of four hunters into Volcano Caverns in Flagstaff, Arizona, as they search for the reptilian/bat “cave demon” known as the Olitiau.

 

Future episodes will explore the dangerous caves of the American Southwest in search of cryptids including the Aswang, Mapinguari, Subterralien, and more.

 

Check out a preview of MONSTERS UNDERGROUND here: http://vimeo.com/102164001


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Anon,

I couldn't agree with you more. Thank you and Monster for the refreshing, raw and down-to-earth realistic comments. I loved them.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Monsters,

I must admit that I am among the lazy individuals who must have reasoned that this show was real, but given time, my wife, who is NOT a fan, remarked, "Why do the NOT ever catch a creature?" Well she got me to thinking. And the very next show, they built a common trap and did trap a Demon Monster Hog that their cameraman did not let the camera stay still for too long. I was raised on a farm and I know a common hog when I see one and what they "caught," was a big hog alright, but not a Demon Hog.

I loved your comments.


Alicia 2 years ago

If you ever really pay attention to what Trapper says... we are trying to find these legends/myths/folklore and hope to trap them but we don't want to shoot them. He also has said many times that when people are scared they don't see what's really there.

They make no claims that they'll ever find what they're looking for. But like anything ... you can't find what your looking for if you don't get up and go look. Remember... the giant squid used to be a myth/legend until one was found.


Alicia 2 years ago

Sorry forgot to mention that we love this show. The friendship between these men are great. We get a good look into the debunking stigmitism of "hill/backwoods folk" and Willy is sooooooo cute!!!!!!!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Alicia,

First let me say thank you for the sweet comments. Now I confess that this WAS NOT a serious critique. I suspected from the second show that something was afoot. I too love the show, especially Wild Bill. He is my favorite and you are right. The friendship is genuine and strong among these guys.

But I wonder how they make a living? Do people or American Destination Channel pay them a salary?

I guess I shouldn't worry.

Come back anytime.


Mikal 20 months ago

I'm a 23 year 10 month veteran. I don't give a damn if someone asks me to prove it. I owe you nothing. If Wild Bill wants to show you proof he will. It is up to him. No one will come knocking on your door to produce your 214.

The show is what it is. Entertainment folks. It's up to you to process the information and make your own decision if these creatures are real. I don't see the BFRO racing to WV, KY or TN to provide evidence or figure out if the claims are correct. If they were worth their salt the BFRO would go investigate.

The bottom line is this. The show is entertainment, it's pissed off a few of you and now you require proof of Bills service. Please come up with your own show so the public can hassle you.

Mikal. OIF, OEF, Northern and Southern Watch, Kosovo and Desert Fox (Support only) Desert Storm (Support only) Desert Shield and Op Just Cause. Btw, I do not need to provide proof of any of the Ops I took part in. There's the FOIA; get it yourself.


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Mikal,

First off, I appreciate and respect your comment, opinions and thoughts. I sense that you aimed your anger at me for insinuating something shady about Bill. I hate to put it like this, but you are incorrect.

I love Wild Bill and I do not deny his Marine record or Huckleberry's either and where you got this, I do not know,

I did question in this review the reason why these guys with firearms never hit anything. But like you said, it is entertainment.

I admit that my background in the newspaper work sharpened my suspicions about certain people, our own government, Area 51 and I say that someday, some way, intelligent people will figure how to get into this place and the lid will be blown off.

So whatever I did or said to upset you, I am sorry.

But not about my review.


Boni Bates 20 months ago

I LOVE this show! I love to come Madre of the team and the down to earth attitude. They are entertaining and I love them guys. I watch reruns over and over can't get enough of them. I hope one day they do catch the Bigfoot this way it will get me off the fence as to whether or not they do exist. I will always be a supportive fan for these guys. PS I don't care if its fake or real it is entertainment and interesting and amusing! keep up the good work guys!


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Boni,

Thanks so much for your nice comment. Another writer was adamant about this show being fake. But I am like you. I do not care. Wild Bill makes me laugh and I love his life of faith. Did you know that he is a Christian?

And I like Willy, his partner in building traps. The show where they inspected a cave demon, I happened to catch "a" glimpse at what they were chasing and it looked horrible.

I admire them for their lack of fear.

And please visit with me anytime you like.


Hunter Foust 19 months ago from Big Sandy, TN

It seems I have found this hub late, but better late than never right? I was such a fan of the review above that I made an account to read more into your other hubs!

Now, on to the topic at hand. I must admit that upon watching my first episode I mocked the show, talked of how stupid it was, and warned my family against it. Having caught myself multiple times putting my task at hand on "hold" until a commercial break so that I didn't miss any action, I can now say that this show is incredibly entertaining and uplifting. I can be having a "worst day ever" and this show manages to put a smile on my face and laughs in the living room.

There is still a lot I have not figured out about the show that I would like to know such as how they make money. I can not remember who said it in these comments but they are incredibly passionate about their role in the show and, whether they're acting or now, can easily make the reality of the show half-way believable!

Anyway, thank you Kenneth for the great hub. I cannot wait to read more of them.


Joe 18 months ago

I think that they should put turtle man Neil and squirrel from call of the wildman on one of their shows that would be hilarious


Kenneth Avery 18 months ago

Hi, Hunter,

Thank you kindly, my new friend, for taking such an interest in my works. That makes my day.

I agree with you about the concept of the show. I guess I got to thinking about how these guys make a living?

At heart I am a realist.

Hey, Hunter. Why not follow me? I thought this while I was enjoying your comment.

I appreciate it.


Kenneth Avery 18 months ago

Joe,

All I can say is LOL. Great idea. Talk about ratings. Bam!

Come back to see me and the same offer I made to Hunter is given to you. Why not be one of my followers?

I would love it.


SueD 18 months ago

I don't care about whether there are monsters and cryptic (because there are) and as for reality, I have enough of that every day I walk out the door. These men make me think, make me proud to see their courage (I saw the rope on the goat...don't care). They entertain me and hold my interest because they appear committed to their quests.

I can't tell you what it is about Wild Bill, but he is ADORABLE! Trapper has soulful eyes. Willy is rugged handsome. Buck and I would be great pals...He is an earnest young man!

I would love to be on their team. Maybe they could have guest hunters join them?

Hook me up guys!! In the meantime, lock and load, boys!!


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kenneth avery 18 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, SueD,

Wow, what a tremendous comment. I loved it thoroughly. I loved it more than passing a note to (a) "Milly Carpenter," the shapely blond in the 10th grade study hall that I never confessed how deeply in-love with her I was (at the time.)

Sadly, she is now divorced three times, lives alone with her six cats and never goes swimming.

What am I saying? Thanks for your sweet words which I agree with 100%. I love the show, but I would LOVE to just see them trap, not kill, one of these creatures.

And Sue, would you be so kind as to follow me? I am going now to check your hubs and I got this feeling that I will love them.

Please keep in touch with me.


Bingdabel 15 months ago

I am thoroughly enamored with this show. These are some of the most earnest fellas I've ever really come upon in my entire life!

I am a forty year old female living in the Princeton nj area , ten years ago I was pretty badly injured In a car crash ( herniated discs in my lumbar \thorasi c and cervical areas of my back)needless to say I'm at home in pain a lot I am thrilled to say that I've come across this dightful show -I watch new episodes and DVR all of them no exaggeration I put it on many times during my week and it truly allows me to escape. ( right now I have wild bill as my phone and computer wallpaper

God bless these nutty friends - my favorite scene is when willy and bill electrify a trap and wild bill pretends to grab the metal and get electrocuted cross eyed and all !!

Keep up your much needed support

If you take me on your cruise I will make you my awesome chic chip cookies and some CAP'N CRUNCH CHICKEN TOO

LOVE BINGDABEL


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kenneth avery 13 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Sweet Bingdabel,

Oh, I am so grateful that you chose to leave me such a nice comment. Off the record, I love Mountain Monsters. It's just I wish just one time, they would catch whatever monster they are chasing and I know that they would play "catch and release," as in professional bass fishing, but it would be fun.

I love Wild Bill and his "bro" remarks. Hey, would you like to be one of my followers? That would make my day.

And sure, you could make those chocolate chip cookies and yes, some Cap'n Crunch Chicken, but I am not good at sharing. LOL.

Write anytime you like.

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