The fourth of four Bobcat Goldthwait films I planned to watch is now complete. Willow Creek is probably my least favorite of his films. It’s found footage style immediately loses some points for me, but it’s not all bad. Willow Creek is a Decent Watch.
Jim (Bryce Johnson) and Kelly (Alexie Gilmore) go camping in search of Bigfoot at Willow (Bluff) Creek where Patterson–Gimlin famously shot their footage.
The film actually does a decent job with the found footage style. I’m sure if I think about it I can point out some moments that shouldn’t be in the film. However, while watching the found footage was pretty well used. The premise is interesting as the idea of a Bigfoot horror film is compelling.
Alexie Gilmore does a great job in her role, but Bryce Johnson is a little wooden. Alexie goes through the right emotions at the right times. Bryce, on the other hand, is often the same stoic persona. I don’t think Bryce is the reason the film doesn’t have the same success as Goldthwait’s others.
There are a lot of directions I expected this story to go, but it really just goes with the most obvious. The first part of the film shows Jim and Kelly interviewing locals about Bigfoot. The stories they tell are mainly bland, which is as they should be. Unfortunately, going for authenticity doesn’t really create a good story. Jim and Kelly are threatened by a guy in the woods. Told that Bigfoot isn’t a joke by another guy in the city. Yet, both seem inconsequential by the conclusion of the film.
I wanted this to be good, but there are a lot of things left unfinished. SPOILER WARNING: Never seeing the Bigfoot is disappointing and feels a lot like the Blair Witch. Not understanding why Bigfoot had a captive with him was also an odd choice. I wanted this see so much more than we got to, but there is some solid tension in the film.