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With the influx of found footage Bigfoot themed movies coming around (Bobcat Goldthwait's recent Willow Creek and Eduardo Sanchez's upcoming Exists) there is also the opportunity for new directors to make a name for themselves by staking a claim. Justin Steeley is making his directorial debut with his own flick Hunting the Legend. We will have a review of his flick ready prior to its home video release date next Tuesday, July 8. In the meantime, we have three DVDs to give away before then.Five years ago, a deer hunter vanished in the Alabama woods, leaving behind only a rifle, bloodstains and an enormous footprint from a species unknown to science. Now, the hunter's son Chris, his two best friends and a documentary film crew set...
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We already established that Neko Case and Kelly Hogan's comedy song "These Aren't the Droids" is the best thing ever. Now get ready for the next best thing ever, from the same compilation album. The unlikely combo of Andy Richter with Ashanti, Baron Vaughn, Alonzo Bodden and Loaded Lux erupts all over "Escape from New York," from benefit album "2776." It's not monsters, earthquakes, terrorists or climate that will get the U.S.'s largest city down: this skyscraper-sized hip-hop track has news for you. "Escape from New York," "These Aren't the Droids" and more appears on satire comedy and music album "2776," with sales going toward Onekid Oneworld, in "their efforts to promote education in Kenya and El Salvador." Pre-sale for the album -- which goes up on July 4 -- is already running on CD Baby. Ed Helms, Aimee Mann, Andrew W.K., Aubrey Plaza, Patton Oswalt, Ira Glass, Kids In The Hall, »
The Fault in Their Yeti: Goldthwait’s Found Footage Cheapie a Generic Endeavor
Following his bitterly angry vituperation of American culture in 2013’s God Bless America, a problematic yet passionately realized film (and, sometimes, quite funny), Bobcat Goldthwait tackles the found footage subgenre with Willow Creek. Going for a sasquatch version of The Blair Witch Project, featuring a romantically involved couple engaging in a video project revolving around an area where the big ape-like creature has been often sited, it’s certainly a more entertaining film on the subject than, say, those Boggy Creek films. As far as found footage goes, Goldthwaite seems to have made this fast, loose, and strictly by the numbers. Certain chilling moments during a protracted night time sequence in a tent are indeed calibrated to give the film’s core audience exactly what it’s looking for. But it’s simply not enough to make »
- Nicholas Bell
This week on Sordid cinema, the theme is found footage. Special guest Deepayan Sengupta joins us to review The Sacrament, a film loosely based on the Jonestown Massacre, and from acclaimed writer/director Ti West. But first, we sit down to discuss Willow Creek, Bobcat Goldthwait’s first foray into the horror genre.
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Today’s film is the 2005 short The Anger Eater. The film is directed by Kg Kleiman, and is written by Macon Blair, who also stars in the film alongside Alexie Gilmore. Gilmore has been seen in tv shows such as New Amsterdam, and movies such as Definitely, Maybe, Labor Day, and God Bless America. Her newest feature, titled Willow Creek, opened in limited release in American theatres this weekend, and marks her third collaboration with filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait. Macon Blair can also be seen on the big screen in Blue Ruin, which is currently playing in limited release in American theatres.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Found footage (or Pov) style films typically have the same set up. You sit through about 45 minutes of nothing, before something big happens and the the creepiness sets in. It’s a tried and true approach that vary rarely hits its mark, and unfortunately leaves the viewer quite bored for the first hour or so. Fortunately, Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek not only gives viewers something completely new, but also provides a buildup that is next to impossible not to be on board with.
What’s apparent from the very beginning of Willow Creek, is how well Godthwait knows what works/doesn’t work for his characters. While a lot of films falling into the same angle of someone videotaping a documentary on a certain subject tend to give viewers characters that do things just for doing things’ sake, everything in Willow Creek is for a reason, with its young »
- Jerry Smith
Deviating from caustic comedies, Bobcat Goldthwait reaches into his toolbox and delivers a surprising foray into found-footage horror. "Willow Creek" embraces the limitations of this now-tired genre and breathes new life into it—it's not a true original but certainly a memorable rumination. Effectively a two-hander with our leads Jim (Bryce Johnson) and Kelly (Alexie Gilmore) dominating the frame for the majority of the running time, "Willow Creek" does a commendable job in fleshing out the ill-fated couple. Presented as a malformed Bigfoot documentary, Jim, steeped in cryptid mythology, strikes out to retrace the steps once taken by Roger Patterson and Bob Gilmin, whose footage, though largely dismissed as a probable hoax, remains hotly debated and cited. Along for the ride is his skeptical partner, Kelly, who embarks on the venture to support the idealistic Jim, enveloped by the Bigfoot legend and reveling at the townsfolk who've made a living out of marketing it. »
- Mark Zhuravsky
Bobcat Goldthwait continues to throw off our expectations. He's made a horror movie - a "found footage" one at that - called Willow Creek, opening in select theaters and hitting VOD this Friday. The legend of Bigfoot, moreover, the famous Patterson-Gimlin film, is his inspiration this time as he tells the stories of a couple who venture into the wild of Northern California to make their own documentary about the cryptozoological superstar. Along the way, they interview the locals and visit the site of the Patterson-Gimlin film until they run into, well, trouble.
- Ryan Turek
With Willow Creek Goldthwait has apparently mixed satire with suspense, and overall his film is driven by “exploring the idea of bearing witness.” The flick is home to various characters who believe they’ve seen the elusive Sasquatch. They each give differing accounts and at times even come to blows. Goldthwait is said to use this kind of tension to get in some observations on faith and religion.
Look for it in theaters and On Demand June 6th!
Jim and his girlfriend, Kelly, are in Willow Creek, California, to retrace the steps of Bigfoot researchers Patterson and Gimlin, who in 1967 recorded the most famous film of the legendary monster. Kelly is a skeptic, along for the »
- Steve Barton
The latest downmarket provocation from poke-a-stick-in-your-eye auteur Bobcat Goldthwait may be the unlikeliest, a found-footage horror cheapie that turns out to be its creator's warmest, most satisfying work. (At least since his peak stand-up days; young Goldthwait's comedy was uncommonly sharp and insightful.)
Another shock: The movie is legitimately creepy, especially in its soon-to-be-celebrated centerpiece, a single shot of its leads cowering in a tent that runs for some 20 minutes. Like the beasties hunting in Goldthwait's woods, that memorable long take sneaks up on you, and it's presented without flash or distracting self-regard. Instead, it's the most natural way to soil us in real-time fear.
The horror's a long time coming, but Goldthwait and company make the »
Nearly 15 years after the release of "The Blair Witch Project," the prospects of a legitimately scary found footage horror movie about a couple of ill-fated naifs wandering through the woods sounds about as likely as an over-the-hill eighties comedian transforming into a provocative filmmaker. But that's exactly what Bobcat Goldthwait has done over the past several years, with a string of black comedies that have obtained cult status through his post-acting career: "Sleeping Dogs Lie" explored the fallout of dog blowjob guilt, "World's Greatest Dad" found Robin Williams exploiting the death of his character's suicidal son, and "God Bless America" featured Joel Murray literally murdering obnoxious reality television stars. Needless to say, Goldthwait's humor belies deep-seated insecurities about people unwilling to consider the consequences of their actions, so it was only a matter of time before he made a horror movie. "Willow Creek" conforms to the traditions of the genre with. »
- Eric Kohn
In our national forests there are currently over 400 cases of missing persons. The National Forests Service claims to keep no database on these disappearances. Coming this month from Dark Sky Films and Director Bobcat Goldthwait is the Bigfoot found footage Horror movie Willow Creek. The film is described as The Blair Squatch Project that is driven by exploring the idea of bearing witness. The brand new official trailer has just hit the scene and… »
Just hours ago, we reported that Adam McKay was in deep talks to take over Marvel's Ant-Man as director, after Edgar Wright walked away from the project more than a week ago. Now comes news that Adam McKay has pulled out of negotiations at the last second.
The decision is said to be his alone. While talks began in earnest on Friday, it wasn't until today that the man behind both Anchorman comedies decided it was a bad idea to get tangled up with Marvel Studios.
The director search now continues, as Marvel is desperate to hold onto this Phase Three adventure's July 2015 release date. Rawson Marshall Thurber, known for the comedy hits Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and We're the Millers, and Ruben Fleischer, the man behind hits Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, were both said to be frontrunners for the project, but they never entered into talks.
Being a huge fan of Bobcat Goldthwait since his 1987 standup show “Share The Warmth,” I’ve seen him go from actor to comedian to writer-director. Huey Lewis, Barnacle scrapers, and Top Gun were never thought of the same way again after his concert.
There was nothing like him when he first came on the scene and almost thirty years later, the man is still a genius.
Described by Jimmy Kimmel as “Scary and the Hendersons” and by Bobcat himself as “The Blair-Squatch Project,” found footage movie Willow Creek is a radical departure in Goldthwait’s career after directing a string of black comedies (World’S Greatest Dad, God Bless America).
In the great American tradition of people venturing into the woods and encountering absolutely pants-wetting terror, what starts as two dorks with a video camera having a lark in a national park metastasizes into something much deeper, darker, and queasier. »
- Melissa Thompson
Festival darling Willow Creek heads to select theaters and VOD on June 6th, courtesy of Mpi/Dark Sky Films. We now have a new trailer and one-sheet for the Bobcat Goldthwait-directed film to pass along to you. When you're done with the promo, read my review of the film here. Set in Humboldt County, California, Willow Creek centers on Jim (Bryce Johnson, Pretty Little Liars) a Bigfoot believer whose idea of a romantic getaway is to head deep into Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California, video camera in tow, trying to shoot his own Bigfoot footage at the site of the Patterson-Gimlin film.
- Ryan Turek
Bobcat Goldthwait is racking up the director credits over on his IMDb resume. Two of his biggest hits so far, comedy Sleeping Dogs Lie and the underrated Robin Williams-starrer, World’s Greatest Dad, are in a world of their own when compared to his latest effort. Shot in 2013, found footage horror Willow Creek isn’t what you would come to expect from the comedian who made his name playing helium-pitched buffoons. His big break came as the absolutely crackers Zed in the Police Academy franchise, who stole most of his scenes what with his bizarre fish-kissing antics and the like. Times have changed though and so has Goldthwait – whose current goal is to scare your trousers brown.
- Gem Seddon
I have still yet to watch Bobcat Goldthwait's God Bless America, but not because I don't want to. In fact, it sounds right up my alley and I enjoyed World's Greatest Dad. It's just a matter of finding the "right" time to watch it, whatever that excuse may mean. That said, he already has another new movie on the way, this one titled Willow Creek, a found footage movie centering a story of a couple with a video camera having a lark in a national park in search of the location where the 1967 fragment of footage purporting to show Bigfoot was filmed. The two stop off first in Willow Creek, the Bigfoot capital of the world and home to an annual Bigfoot festival, and eventually head into the woods despite being warned not to. Bad things happen next. Mpi/Dark Sky Films is bring the film to theaters and »
- Brad Brevet
The legend of Bigfoot is getting the found footage treatment from none other than comedian turned actor Bobcat Goldthwait (Officer Zed!). He’s done the work for us by describing Willow Creek it as "The Blair-Squatch Project"; I see what he did there. Here’s the synopsis: Set in Humboldt County, California, Willow Creek centers on Jim (Bryce Johnson) a Bigfoot believer whose idea of a romantic getaway is to head deep into Six Rivers National Forest »
- Graham McMorrow
The trailer for Bobcat Goldthwait's latest film has dropped from Dark Sky Films and it looks great. Our reviewer Zack Mosley had great things to say about the found-footage Bigfoot horror when he caught Willow Creek at Vff last year and being a fan of Goldthwait's previous work, I'm pretty excited to check it out.
Willow Creek hits VOD June 6, so watch for it.
Set in Humboldt County, California, Willow Creek centers on Jim (Bryce Johnson, Pretty Little Liars) a Bigfoot believer whose idea of a romantic getaway is to head deep into Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California, video camera in tow, trying to shoo [Continued ...] »
We’ve been chatting up Willow Creek from director Bobcat Goldthwait for a while now and we are very close to being able to lay eyes on his Bigfoot masterpiece. To prepare for the June 6h rollout we are being treated to some kickass new poster art, check it out!
Pretty damn sweet in my book!
Need a little refresher on what to expect?
- Dave Dreher
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