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A young couple find themselves face-to-face with a terrifying evil when they venture into the heart of Bigfoot country in WILLOW CREEK, director Bobcat Goldthwait's (God Bless America, World's Greatest Dad) unique spin on the horror genre.
Looking to make a splash with his research videos into the existence of Bigfoot, Jim (Bryce Johnson, Pretty Little Liars) and his girlfriend Kelly take a camping trip to the mountains surrounding Willow Creek, California, a small town where infamous footage of the supposed Sasquatch was filmed. Before long the headstrong couple are lost in the woods and discover that someone - or something - is stalking them. With each passing night bringing unknowable danger, the two must use all of their cunning to try to make it out of the forest alive.
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But after about 10-15 minutes I realized that, not only do I not hate our main characters, but I might even like them a little…more their dynamic than the individuals themselves…okay, as the story progressed I liked this couple more and more. Jim (Bryce Johnson; The Skulls III) and Kelly (Alexie Gilmore) are a couple; one a bigfoot believer, the other a pragmatic and skeptical doubter. But we can see that Kelly has embraced Jim's silly mania because she's embarking on this Bigfoot Adventure vacation to visit famous sighting localities and interview locals for Jim's documentary. This might just be their first trip together as a couple, and we get see them grow.
By the time I was halfway through the film I had to remind myself that this was, indeed, a "horror" film because, thus far, I had encountered nothing of the sort. But I didn't mind. I may not think this film is "amazing" but I was caught up in enjoying watching this couple interview, banter and film their way through Bigfoot Burgers, local believers and witness testimonials on their quirky little vacation. I'm actually reminded of the opening sequences of Cloverfield (2008) and Afflicted (2013). Now, these two films did a far superior job of this, but the similarity is that all these films had the ability to make me forget I was watching horror or sci-fi monster movies as I was content to just watch and see what was happening in these characters' lives.
Writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait takes heavily replayed horror concepts--like getting lost in the woods (Evil Dead, The Cabin in the Woods) and found footage documentaries-gone-wrong (The Last Exorcism, Grave Encounters)--and presents them with a less familiar spin. He doesn't waste his time doing what every other filmmaker does. There's not a single cheap loud noise jump scare, the movie doesn't open with some brutal or provocative clip (to be revisited/realized at the end of the movie), and the film isn't prefaced by some harrowing caption on a black screen. There are no gimmicks here, just two likeable characters and the story their journey has to tell…and that story gets pretty interesting in the second half of the movie.
The final act addresses the question: "So if you actually find bigfoot, what are you going to do?" In this case, it seems that bigfoot was looking for them. Long and generally quiet scenes are sporadically populated with sasquatch vocalizations, stick knocking and leaf-and-twig-rustling footfalls in the middle of the night. And they're getting more frequent, louder and CLOSER.
This bigfoot movie is not an example "amazing" filmmaking, but it's a cleverly made monster movie that revitalizes found footage and reminds us that characters are far more important than creatures. It's probably the best bigfoot movie since Harry and the Hendersons (1987), and easily bigfoot's most successful foray in horror. I'd strongly recommend this movie for a couples date night because there is zero gore, it's more spooky than scary but generally it's more on the fun side, and the couple's banter is delightful.
for myself. Now !!!!!! here is the deal about this movie. My wife hates Bigfoot, and anything to do with it. So my grandson comes over
and wants to borrow some movies. He watches it along with my other grandson and they hated it. Of course when he brings it back he
say's how lousy it was. Well after some time thinking about all this , I figured out the problem. This movie is what I would call a sound
movie. It's about taking yourself, and putting yourself out in the woods late at night with no type of weapons at all. I was a bowhunter for
deer for probably 20yrs. I remember going out 1 1/2 hrs in the morning before it ever starting to get light out. I carried a flashlight, but I
never used it. I'll tell you this, There are no Bigfoot in Nebraska. But I would here sounds in the woods ,early in the morning. That would
make the hair stand up on my body, wondering. What the Hell was that that I heard. Now here is the funny part. I argued with my wife one
night about watching this. Finally she gave in. It was midnight, and I had her turn off all the lights. I told to really think deep and pretend
that you are in these peoples place. She loved the movie, and was telling her friend how good it was. My friends, you won't see a Bigfoot.
TRUST ME. You won't need to. If your into Bigfoot then you better buy it. Then afterwards, some night, head out into some deep woods
with a friend. See how you like it. Good Luck
Those who are giving this film a poor rating are simply looking for a "Monster of the Week" movie. This is much more than a simple "scream-fest." It is a slow, steady winding up of intensity until the long, uncut scene in the tent. Both the actors and the director of this film deserve much more credit than the are being given. This is a very well done film about an unusual couple, a strangely beautiful town, and an area of the country that is unparalleled in beauty.
If you are looking for a guy in a rug who jumps out of the woods, pass this by. If you are looking for a well done film, and you have a little patience, you will be rewarded.