Only in the near past, whereas doing radio, I used to be requested what my favourite Bigfoot-based film is. Nicely, that is not onerous to determine for me. Craig Woolheater – the proprietor of Cryptomundo, an immensely common web site that focuses on strange creatures – known as it the most effective Bigfoot-themed films ever made. Craig is not mistaken. It’s a 2013 manufacturing titled Willow Creek. The film was each written and directed by comic and screenwriter Bobcat Goldthwait, well-known for his recurring roles as “Zed” within the Police Academy films. With Goldthwait on the helm, the film has its amusing, lighthearted, and infrequently downright hilarious moments. It could be very mistaken, nonetheless, to explain Willow Creek as a comedy. Actually, it is fairly the other. Harry and the Hendersons that is most positively not.
Willow Creek demonstrates one factor from the outset: Goldthwait has a eager information of Bigfoot historical past and of the character of the Bigfoot-seeking group. That a lot is clear from the truth that the movie takes a lot of its inspiration from real-life Bigfoot-based incidents and instances. The film tells the story of Jim and Kelly (actors Bryce Johnson and Alexie Gilmour) who head off to Humboldt County, California – searching for the location of the legendary and controversial Bigfoot encounter of Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin in 1967. It’s clear that, of the 2, Jim is the Bigfoot fanatic. Kelly is his girlfriend who does her highest to place up with what she sees as Jim’s rising, tedious, monster obsession.
For Jim, the entire thing may be very a lot an adventurous highway journey. And, with that in thoughts, the pair takes with them a camcorder to file each facet of the journey – and, hopefully, to movie Bigfoot, too. The primary signal we get of the disturbing exercise that quickly follows comes when the duo flip up within the city of Willow Creek and are cryptically warned to maintain out of the woods – one thing which, fairly inevitably, solely spurs Jim on much more. The banter between Kelly and Jim very a lot involves an finish when, after trekking miles into the woods, searching for the hallowed floor on which Bigfoot (or a person in a swimsuit) trod again in 1967, the pair turns into misplaced. As in completely misplaced. Concern and fear turns into downright worry when one thing giant and violent stalks their camp as they sit, terrified out of their wits, of their tent. I cannot give the conclusion of the film away, besides to say that Bigfoot followers won’t be disillusioned. Nor had been those who reviewed it.
On the web site of acclaimed reviewer, Roger Ebert, Brian Tallerico says: “The centerpiece of ‘Willow Creek’ is an prolonged sequence that everybody making a discovered footage movie needs to be compelled to observe. And take notes. The digital camera doesn’t transfer. There are not any fast cuts. There are not any asides to the digital camera/viewers to interrupt the strain. We’re merely within the tent with Jim and Kelly, watching their faces and, most of all, listening. What’s scarier than an unexplainable, unidentifiable sound within the pitch-black woods, miles from civilization? ‘Willow Creek’ makes the case that the reply is nothing.”
In June 2014, Eric Kohn, of Indiewire, acknowledged of Goldhwait’s manufacturing: “‘Willow Creek’ has been quietly screening at regional pageant over the summer time and will have a tough time getting observed in a sea of comparable tasks: Final yr noticed the discharge of the poorly obtained ‘Bigfoot: The Misplaced Coast Tapes,’ whereas ‘Blair Witch’ co-director Eduardo Sánchez has been creating his personal spooky discovered footage Bigfoot film, ‘Exists.’ Nonetheless, ‘Willow Creek’ stands alone as a result of it goals to have interaction with a number of genres without delay. Whereas it will definitely devolves into exploring the terrifying prospects of one thing furry lurking about within the shadows, Goldthwait makes use of that thrill issue to validate the dedication of Bigfoot believers. ‘Willow Creek’ by no means appears like an try and proselytize, however it’s a sensible recognition of the hazards concerned unsure.”
With that each one mentioned, if you have not seen Willow Creek you actually ought to!