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Frogman (2023) ★★★



An amateur filmmaker, struggling to turn his passion into a career, returns home to Loveland with friends determined to obtain irrefutable proof that the cryptid legend of Frogman exists.


I decided to hop on the bandwagon on this indie found footage flick about the slimiest of all cryptids. Making its home in Loveland Ohio, this humanoid frog man is known to capsize lily pads and rock a boat or two. Also, apparently, Frogman likes to fuck. So beware. If attacked, keep your tongue in your mouth because the hallucinogenic trip you’d take when licking this man-sized frog would surely transfer you to another dimension.

Frogman is a fun film and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Reviewers compare it to The Blair Witch Project due to its shaky cam footage, but while The Blair Witch Project was serious, this film deviates into a more fun horror experience and puts Loveland Ohio on the map. Oh, wait: it was already on the map for being the home of Jerry Springer. Maybe Jerry was hiding something as his bio picture does somewhat resemble a frog. Maybe a surprise paternity test would have proven him to be a frogman descendant. But as the film attests: the croaks are no hoax. Frogman is real. Or quite possibly just a tailless iguana. But Loveland Ohio’s mascot is, in fact, the Loveland frog, as detailed on Wikipedia.

Frogman is obviously a fun, for-the-love-of-it project and is effective in all of its low-budget shenanigans to keep you entwined and entertained throughout. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the mood for something on the lighter side of horror.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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