Horrorfest 2018 Presents: Willow Creek (2013, Bobcat Goldthwait)


After seeing Willow Creek, I wasn’t completely sure what to think of Bobcat Goldthwait’s largely comedic horror found footage movie. I did like the two characters the film is centered around, and after I saw The Legend of Boggy Creek a year later I understood more what he was really going for, even if it is a tad underdeveloped at times. Jim and Kelly are both really likable and this is the main thing that Willow Creek has going for it the entire time. I do wish the movie had done a bit more to further explore the side effects of the Bigfoot legend on the local town, although there are scenes that sort of do that. I was amused by the one local who made a song about Bigfoot. Of course the locals also warn the couple to turn back, and it would not be a horror movie if the male lead did not dismiss those concerns.

When the couple gets on site to look for Bigfoot the movie cribs a bit too heavily from The Blair Witch Project, yet I found several moments to be really intense and creepy. I did like that this movie wisely stays within its limits, yet Willow Creek should have been more scary and memorable. Poor Jim and Kelly learned the hard way that searching for a legend can turn ugly, and that warnings exist for a reason. You couldn’t pay me to look for a giant potentially angry fur man wandering around in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, even if it could be friendly.  Most likely, it’s not friendly in the least.

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