DIRECTOR: Bobcat Goldthwait
CAST: Alexie Gilmore, Bryce Johnson
PLOT: Mysterious noises in the woods … A pair of bigfoot sleuths make a foray into the woods, and the shadows of terror!
Funny guy Bobcat Goldthwait turns scary dude with WILLOW CREEK, a pretty amazing little found footage flick that proves there is at least one bigfoot movie out there for me. It’s not a genre toward which I gravitate – bigfoot, I mean, not horror, cuz I LOVE horror – but Goldthwait’s take on the legend is chilling, scary and daring. Taking a cue from monster movies gone by, WILLOW CREEK relies, instead of on furry FX and run-amok monsters, on suspense, the unseen. The shadows are scary because of what might be in them. And what’s that noise? Goldthwait’s movie is a real slow-burner but it works and the payoff is goosebump-inducing. We spend a fair amount of time getting to know the sasquatch-hunting couple and getting to see what fuels their relationship, what their daily disputes are, particularly as pertaining to Boyfriend’s obsession with this cryptozoological “white whale” of the forests, the legendary bigfoot monster itself. Did you hear that? I’m sure you keep wondering why I keep asking about sounds. Watch WILLOW CREEK and you will understand. Goldthwait summons inordinate levels of fear and suspense through the use of sound. In one of the film’s most brilliant sequences, the couple spend ten or fifteen tense middle-of-the-night minutes in their tent, listening to strange sounds that may – or may not – originate with Boyfriend’s much-sought-after hairy mystery. On paper, this sounds like a dull scene, but in practice, it’s frightening as fuck. Goldthwait raises the hackles on the viewer’s neck, threatening us with a monster by implication, but it’s much scarier than if he just threw a fuzzy-suited stuntman at us for the duration of the film, even if you couldn’t see the zipper running up the back. The director plays off the city slicker fear of the woods, the dark of said woods and what might – or might not – be lingering in the dark of the woods. Goldthwait leaves a bit of ambiguity when all is said and done but he’s done such a kickass job scaring the bejeezus out of us with his mystery monster that not only are we not disappointed, we are, in fact, exulted. One of the finest found footage horror flicks around.
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