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  • Summary: Set in Humboldt County, California, Willow Creek centers on Jim (Bryce Johnson, Pretty Little Liars) a Bigfoot believer whose idea of a romantic getaway is to head deep into Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California, video camera in tow, trying to shoot his own Bigfoot footage at the site of the Patterson-Gimlin film. That 1967 fragment of footage purporting to show Sasquatch striding along a dry riverbed became a key artifact in the cryptozoology community, and Jim dreams of nothing more than setting foot on the actual location where it was shot. His long-suffering girlfriend, Kelly (Alexie Gilmore, World's Greatest Dad), agrees to tag along for the ride, despite the fact that she thinks Bigfoot has about as much chance of being real as leprechauns. The two stop off first in Willow Creek, the Bigfoot capital of the world and home to an annual Bigfoot festival, where various locals talk to Jim's camera, warning them to keep out of the woods, singing ballads about Bigfoot, and generally enjoying their 15 minutes in the spotlight while Jim and Kelly have a blast, cracking wise amidst all the touristy Bigfoot kitsch on display. But when they strap on packs and head into the forest via a two-hour drive down a dirt road, they start to feel like they might be in over their heads. Well, Kelly does, at least. Jim, as he approaches what he considers hallowed ground, is in heaven. [MPI/Dark Sky Films] Expand
  • Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Mystery, Thriller, Horror
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 77 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 3, 2014
    The horror's a long time coming, but Goldthwait and company make the waiting worth it.
  2. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    May 30, 2014
    Willow Creek is a movie to believe in.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jun 3, 2014
    Willow Creek does everything a little bit better than others of its kind. It’s a little wittier, a little more insightful, a little more imaginative, a little scarier.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Apr 29, 2014
    Willow Creek doesn’t take us anywhere new – the climax is abrupt and unsatisfying – but it’s a whole lot of jarring, juddering fun while it lasts.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jun 5, 2014
    Mr. Goldthwait exercises so much caution that you want to get behind his characters and push.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    May 30, 2014
    An unlikely but effective found-footage horror from Goldthwait.
  7. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 3, 2014
    It soon becomes difficult to dismiss the suspicion that Goldthwait had set out to make a comic horror but forgot to insert any laughs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 6, 2014
    An excellent, near perfect little winner. I wasn't looking forward to Willow Creek, because the day I found about the movie is the same day I watched, also a found footage movie, called SX_Tape, which wasn't fresh.
    However, Willow Creek is one of those few movies (Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity 1, VHS series) that prove found footage is in good hands. While Willow Creek succeeds in not dooming the found footage genre, it manages to terrify you, leave you goosey and nauseated. Bravo!
  2. Jul 31, 2014
    Summary: Willow Creek is a very short but quite entertaining horror film, directed with precision and realism. 75/100 [B]

    Jim and his
    girlfriend Kelly are visiting the infamous Willow Creek, the alleged home of the original Bigfoot legend - the tale of huge ape like creatures that roam the forests of North America. It was there that in 1967, the legendary beast was captured on film and has terrified and mystified generations since. Keen to explore more than 50 years of truth, folklore, misidentifications and hoaxes, Kelly goes along for the ride to keep Jim happy, whilst he is determined to prove the story is real by capturing the beast on camera. Deep in the dark and silent woods, isolated and hours from human contact, neither Kelly or Jim are prepared for what is hidden between the trees.

    I saw Willow Creek alone, in my room with the lights off and it was quite scary and effective. I don't know this director, but i've read his biography and i noticed that he's an acclaimed director, also very famous, So i had high expectations for this film and i have to say that Willow Creek is a perfect found footage film with lots of atmosphere. This little horror film is probably one of the best found footage films of the year, not gory at all, just dreadful and well acted. The two main characters are pretty likable and you care about them because they're cute together and they have chemistry between each other. The scares (very few) are effective and they're made with precision, as i said in the summary.

    The director Bobcat Goldthwait clearly knows how to make a found footage film. At times is very similar to The Blair Witch Project, but Willow Creek has enough originality to stand by its own. The first act is entertaining, we know this characters, their worries, their plans, etc. At this first act we can see some interesting places about "Big Foot" (like restaurants and stuff like that), i found it very refreshing to the found footage genre. These two main characters as i said they're so damn likeable and funny, they kept me entertaining all the time, no problem with the acting at all, the acting is just as good as it should be.

    The second act has some weird but enjoyable interviews and the found footage element adds veracity. What i like about this second act is the warm up, this little film is slow, but never dull, straight to the point, until the fast-paced devastating final act. Willow Creek is a found-footage film in all the sense of the word, the ending is quite similar to The Last Exorcism's ending, i mean yeah it's confusing but they give you enough information to think up your own conclusions. Willow Creek is precise, entertaining and short, a terrifying footage that looks extremely real. [B] Check out my blog: Twitter: @MemoBosque
  3. Sep 13, 2014
    For the first 40 minutes or so, you'll think you're being punk'd.

    After that the film lost me because I can't stand watching stupid people
    who do stupid things that end up getting them into a stupid situation.

    I was happy when it ended.