Willow Creek Review

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Setting out for back waters California, with his skeptical girlfriend in town, Bigfoot devotee Jim (Johnson) resolves to prove that the legend has some truth behind it. He gets a lot more than he bargained for along the way.


Written and directed by strangle-voiced eccentric Bobcat Goldthwait, this is a surprisingly straightforward slow-burn, Bigfoot-themed found-footage film. Bigfoot-believer Jim (Bryce Johnson) and his sceptical actress girlfriend Kelly (Alexie Gilmore) drive out to Willow Creek, a Californian backwoods town, to shoot a documentary at the site where 1967 home-movie footage (“the Patterson-Gimlin film”) showed the American yeti wandering out of the trees. After a light and chatty stretch, things get down to the usual business of being scary. A 19 minute inside-the-tent segueing from embarrassment to terror is a highlight.

An unlikely but effective found-footage horror from Goldthwait.