Willow Creek (2013)





  • Writer: Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Starring: Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore



Jim (Bryce Johnson) takes his girlfriend (Alexie Gilmore) to Willow Creek to make a film about Big Foot, hoping to either find proof of its existence or trace a previous expedition to see what they find. Once they get into the woods and the sun goes down, things start getting a bit strange.


Instead of a group of 3 asking local folks about the Blair Witch and then heading into the woods, you have a couple asking local folks about Big Foot and then heading into the woods. In both cases, it gets tense once the sun goes down.

Being the Bobcat fan that I am, I was really hoping this would bring something a bit different. The film itself was good. The characters were likable enough. The dialog would revert to discussions about Jim believing in Big Foot and his girlfriend, Kelly, not believing in it. Seems like they were trying to create some sort of drama or tension with the talk, but it seemed a little redundant. Then again, in real-life, we often have the same conversations over and over. Still, there is a scene with a marriage proposal that is not accepted. Seems like that could have been the tense conversation that gets brought up throughout the film.

The terrified couple

The unfortunate part of this movie is the existence of The Blair Witch Project. So much seems like a re-telling of that film. Again, they do it well. But, Blair Witch did it better. Although the ending is kind of a similar quick ending, there is a scene that gives you more of a clear as to what is happening. It’s such a quick glimpse that I felt it was pretty satisfying. Also, there were a couple times I actually jumped, so it did its job there. Unlike Blair Witch, which I’ve seen a couple times and want to re-visit again, I don’t think I’d take another trip to Willow Creek.

Rating 5 Sasquatches out of 10 | Would love to see a more original horror film from Bobcat Goldthwait someday


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