Willow Creek Movie Review
In this comedy-horror film, Jim, an avid Bigfoot believer, drags his girlfriend Kelly on a long-awaited pilgrimage (for him, not her) to retrace the steps of Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin, who, back in 1967 in northern California shot the famous footage of a running Bigfoot that is seen in all cryptozoological documentaries of this elusive, mythical creature. I'm sure you have all seen it at some time.
On their way to the site, Josh and Kelly stop at a little tourist town replete with a giant wooden Bigfoot statue, a singer of songs honoring the big guy, a restaurant that serves "Bigfoot Burgers" complete with foot-shaped buns, and other kitschy curios. In Blair Witch style, the Sasquatch-hunting couple films their voyage of discovery step-by-step. Tension mounts when Jim and Kelly meet some characters straight-out of Deliverance. And then they are in the deep dark woods—all alone. Or are they?
Willow Creek is laugh-out-loud fun—until it is not. When someone or something goes bump-in-the night, the light-hearted morphs to heart-racing terror and what starts as a vacation lark transforms into a race for survival.
I loved this little film. Bryce Johnson (Josh) and Alexie Gilmore (Kelly) are so natural in their portrayal of their down-to-earth, fun-loving characters that you feel they are your best buds as you ride with them in their car or share their tent in the woods. Kudos to writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait for the witty dialogue and to Bryce Johnson and Alexie Gilmore for their easy delivery of the dialogue. I would have liked a rather different ending, but see it for yourself and decide. Goldthwait has put together a little treasure of a film in the comedy-horror genre.
Willow Creek was seen at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) 2014
This movie review is written by guest author and movie fanatic Karen Samdahl.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.