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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 theSet 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 3, 2014
    90
    The horror's a long time coming, but Goldthwait and company make the waiting worth it.
  2. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    May 30, 2014
    80
    Willow Creek is a movie to believe in.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jun 3, 2014
    70
    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
    60
    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
    60
    Mr. Goldthwait exercises so much caution that you want to get behind his characters and push.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    May 30, 2014
    60
    An unlikely but effective found-footage horror from Goldthwait.
  7. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 3, 2014
    40
    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: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Jan 4, 2015
    10
    Scary as hell and well acted, I love this type of little horror movies. That scene in the tent was scary and very clever, it couldn't be more perfect.
  2. Jan 4, 2015
    8
    Summary: Willow Creek is a little, underrated gem that is directed with precision and realism. 84/100 [B+]

    Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are
    Summary: Willow Creek is a little, underrated gem that is directed with precision and realism. 84/100 [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 turned off and it was quite an experience. I didn't know anything about this director until this movie. I read his biography and I noticed that he's an acclaimed director, a very famous one. So I had high expectations for this film and it was awesome, it is the perfect found-footage film, it has lots of atmosphere and creativity. This little flick is the most impressive found-footage film in years. It is dreadful and well acted. The two main leads are pretty likable and you care about them because they look cute together and they have chemistry between each other. Also, the scares in the film came at the right time, they were so precise and atmospheric.

    The director Bobcat Goldthwait clearly knows how to make a found-footage film. At times it is very similar to The Blair Witch Project, but that's not a bad thing, Willow Creek has enough originality to stand by its own. The first act is entertaining, we start to feel interested in the characters, their worries and their goals. The movie introduces us to some interesting places based on Bigfoot (such as restaurants, statues and more stuff like that) I found these scenes very refreshing to the found-footage genre. Again, the young couple in the film is so damn likable and charismatic, they kept me entertained all time and I have no problems with the acting at all. The performances were great.

    The second act has some weird but quite enjoyable interviews and the found-footage element adds veracity. What I like about this second act is its warm up. It is a slow movie, but it is never dull. Also, the whole scene in the tent is an instant classic! The last 15 minutes are so devastating and dreadful, you feel like everything is wrong and something bad will happen to this couple. The ending is similar to The Last Exorcism's ending, it's confusing but it gives you enough information to elaborate your own conclusions. It's found-footage well done, it looks like a real footage and that's terrifying. Willow Creek is entertaining and short, a scary found-footage flick that looks extremely real. [B+]
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  3. Jun 6, 2014
    8
    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 IAn 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!
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  4. Sep 28, 2014
    2
    It's Blair Witch but with yetis. It offered nothing new on the whole "found footage" genre. The actors and performances were annoying andIt's Blair Witch but with yetis. It offered nothing new on the whole "found footage" genre. The actors and performances were annoying and there were no surprises. Expand
  5. Sep 29, 2014
    2
    A good example of bad writing coupled with bad directing. Notwithstanding the fact that the film brings nothing new to the table conceptuallyA good example of bad writing coupled with bad directing. Notwithstanding the fact that the film brings nothing new to the table conceptually speaking, the performances are very average.

    There are more than a few moments that can act as an excuse for you to drop it, out of boredom or hatred towards nonsensical film-making. Some images make no sense (especially at the end); the flow of action is completely disconnected from any form of logic - in both fiction and non-fiction.

    As a result of all that, I did not buy into it. I wasn't captivated either, and I found that the ending was just silly. Without such a bad ending I'd give the film a weak 6/10.

    Again - poor writing and nonsensical directing in my humble opinion.
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  6. Oct 7, 2014
    1
    This is by far one of the worse movies I can think of. It is terrible on every level. The beginning long and boring. The middle (where youThis is by far one of the worse movies I can think of. It is terrible on every level. The beginning long and boring. The middle (where you usually have your scary build up) consists of one scene, poorly done I might add. Then the end is like they ran out of time or money; it was a nonsensical joke. It made me think a a teenager tasked to write a paper over a month. They spend 2 weeks writing the thesis statement and introduction, 2 weeks binge drinking, and write the rest of the paper the night before it's due. Skip this garbage. Expand
  7. Oct 28, 2014
    0
    It seems like a good premise - some guy and his gf go out hunting for bigfoot at the site where the famous bigfoot clip was supposedly filmed.It seems like a good premise - some guy and his gf go out hunting for bigfoot at the site where the famous bigfoot clip was supposedly filmed. So you keep thinking, oh **** bigfoot's gonna pop out any moment and get these idiots (or at the very least the upset locals will get 'em). Unfortunately NOTHING ever happens and this movie goes absolutely nowhere until the very weird and ridiculous end (that really doesn't even give you an ending). DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WATCHING THIS Expand

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