Review: Willow Creek / Cert: 15 / Director: Bobcat Goldthwait / Screenplay: Bobcat Goldthwait / Starring: Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore / Release Date: 2nd May (limited cinematic release), 26th May (DVD)
Bobcat Goldthwait has proved himself to be quite the darkly humorous filmmaker over the years. This time out, the writer/director tackles the subject of Bigfoot. Deciding to go the oft-derided found-footage route, Willow Creek centres on a couple who decide to try and track down the elusive Sasquatch. Hoping to prove the existence of this long-disputed legend is Jim (Johnson), accompanied by his far more sceptical partner, Kelly (Gilmore). Along their journey, the duo take in Bigfoot tourism spots, local believers, and typical “go back to where you came from” types, amongst others. But will Jim and Kelly actually see the legend that they so seek?
Willow Creek is definitely one of the better found-footage features of recent years. The story takes its time to unravel, and the constant focus on the central couple only adds to the attachment that the audience has to said pair. Throughout Willow Creek’s journey, we see Jim and Kelly go through a vast array of emotions: from playful partners, to unwelcome visitors, to a scurrying, scared duo who are completely uncomfortable with the situation that they find themselves in. And all the while, you get to enjoy two wonderfully natural performances from Johnson and Gilmore.
For the full review, head over to Starburst Magazine.