Willow Creek (2013)

Adventure, Horror, Mystery
Alexie Gilmore, Bryce Johnson, Laura Montagna, Bucky Sinister
From celebrated Director Bobcat Goldthwait comes this edge of your seat horror that will make you think twice before going into the woods.
Writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait's first foray into horror doesn't break any new ground, but it does wring fresh terror from a well-worn genre formula -- and offers a few nasty laughs in the bargain.
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Not Original Enough5/10
From celebrated director Bobcat Goldthwait comes this edge of your seat horror that will make you think twice before going into the woods.

If one were to believe the blurbs on the cover of the DVD, they might think this was an amazing film. Some of the quotes are a bit hard to believe. How this happens can only be explained two ways: incredible cherry-picking (which all advertising does) and people's inability to separate their love for Goldthwait and his film.

Is the picture without merit? Not at all. There are some decent, though short, interviews with real people who want to talk about Bigfoot. The film also serves as something of a promotional tool for the town of Willow Creek (sales of Bigfoot Burgers will likely be going up). And there are a few suspenseful moments that could be legitimately scary. Oh, and some humor, too.

But the complaint people seem to have, again and again, is that this is just "Blair Witch Project" with the witch replaced by Bigfoot. Maybe that is a simplification, but it is a more than valid complaint. The plot, the use of found footage, the way the audience never really sees anything... if Goldthwait was not inspired by "Blair Witch", it is a remarkable coincidence.

There are worse ways to spend 80 minutes. But any horror fan that is looking for something fresh to rejuvenate the genre will probably not find it here.
One of the worst found footage flicks I've ever seen!3/10
'WILLOW CREEK': One and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Actor/comedian, turned filmmaker, Bobcat Goldthwait wrote and directed this ultra-low budget found footage flick. Alexie Gilmore and Bryce Johnson star in the movie; as a couple making their own documentary about the Bigfoot myth (and the Patterson-Gimlin film). I enjoyed Goldthwait's last writing/directing effort, 'GOD BLESS America' (to a certain extent), and like him as a comedian and actor, but I have to say this movie was pretty bad. It's one of the worst found footage flicks I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot).

The story revolves around Jim (Johnson), and his girlfriend Kelly (Gilmore), traveling to Willow Creek (in Humboldt County, California) to make their own Bigfoot documentary film; Jim believes in the legend and Kelly does not. Willow Creek is where Roger Patterson and Robert "Bob" Gimlin supposedly captured footage, of a Sasquatch, in October of 1967. Jim interviews various locals, while Kelly films, and they tell all kinds of Sasquatch stories (and sing songs). Then the two travel into the woods, to find the location of Patterson and Gimlin's famous film, but of course something goes horribly wrong.

I will say that parts of the movie are really funny (in the first half) and the two leads are pretty good (they've both worked with Goldthwait before on previous films); especially Gilmore (who's strikingly beautiful). The second half of the movie is where it really goes downhill though. It's a complete rip-off of 'THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT'; there's even a similar tent scene and a portion of the movie where the couple, while trying to leave, circles past the same tree again. It's ridiculous how unoriginal and recycled this movie is (and I really like most found footage films). It's entertaining at times but most of it is a waste. Extremely disappointing coming from Goldthwait.

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Long wait for very little reward from an amateurish effort.2/10
I think the subject of this message tells you everything you need to know.

"Lost found footage" my ass! Much like RAP music. No talent BS.

99% of the movie is leading up to a climax, which, when it finally does climax, is so lame it is silly. But not in a funny way. Bobcat owes me the time I wasted watching this piece of crap.

If you like it, good for you. However, if you do like it, I wonder how boring the rest of your life must be?

Bobcat has done a decent movie or two, but this is not one of them! I got the feeling he got the financial backing for "something???" and just put this garbage out to satisfy. Not satisfactory Bob.
Willow Creek - Spoilers Not Really Possible2/10
Although I didn't expect much when I planned to watch this film, I did expect, well, a plot. I also expected that the characters would do things for reasons that were discernible to viewers. I expected the characters to act like at least minimally reasonable, functional adults. I expected the Bigfoot "vocalizations" to sound remotely like they could emanate from an animal, instead of from the obvious, contracted "yell-actor" hiding in the bushes. Though hopeful at the start, none of my expectations were realized, except one: After just a few minutes of watching those two on screen, it was almost fun to anticipate their mandatory transition into Bigfoot snacks.

This film did break ground in one way. It seems to have started a new genre -- self-contained sequel. Stupid movie sequels are nothing new. However, in this case, rather than take the time to create a movie, and then come back later and make a sequel, the director, surely a busy guy, just glued the sequel onto the main movie. That's right. Viewers get to see the obligatory "scary night in the woods" scene. For what seems a nearly endless amount of time, we're forced to watch those two knuckleheads huddle in a tent with the lights on, certainly attracting whatever they are afraid of. Then "miraculous" survival until daylight, when something interesting could happen. But no. We get the sequel -- another "scary night in the woods" with the same two knuckleheads doing almost the same thing. Well, I guess that's not really fair -- this time the dingbat girl brandishes a stick!

The only minor redemption this movie has is its last two minutes, but those are not nearly a good enough reason to sit through the first 78 minutes.
Go watch someone's vlog rather2/10
That's all there is to it. I like found footage movies, but his was just silly. Just two people traveling for an hour, there is something at the end, but not worth it. It's not a horror movie (except last 10 mins but a little dumb). It felt like I was watching Blair Witch Project parody more than watching Bigfoot movie. If you can skip it, but if you must... watch it, I wouldn't recommend it. 6.2 score is misleading, and soon it will probably fall to 3-4. I think i rated only 2-3 movies with 2, maybe this one deserves 3, but I felt so cheated and bored through the whole thing. Not one of the worst movies I saw, but ultimately boring and pointless.