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Willow Creek (2013)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 2 May 2014 (UK)
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Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are visiting the infamous Willow Creek, the alleged home of the original Bigfoot legend - the tale of huge ape like creatures that roam the forests of North ... See full summary »

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Bobcat Goldthwait
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alexie Gilmore ... Kelly
Bryce Johnson ... Jim
Laura Montagna ... Missing Woman
Bucky Sinister Bucky Sinister ... Angry Man at Road
Peter Jason ... Ranger Troy Andrews
Timmy Red ... Ukulele Singer
Steven Streufert Steven Streufert ... Himself
Shaun L. White Guy Sr. Shaun L. White Guy Sr. ... Herself
Nita Rowley Nita Rowley ... Herself
Tom Yamarone Tom Yamarone ... Himself
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Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are visiting the infamous Willow Creek, the alleged home of the original Bigfoot legend - the tale of huge ape like creatures that roam the forests of North America. It was there that in 1967, the legendary beast was captured on film and has terrified and mystified generations since. Keen to explore more than 50 years of truth, folklore, misidentifications and hoaxes, Kelly goes along for the ride to keep Jim happy, whilst he is determined to prove the story is real by capturing the beast on camera. Deep in the dark and silent woods, isolated and hours from human contact, neither Kelly or Jim are prepared for what is hidden between the trees, and what happens when the cameras start rolling... Written by Kaleidoscope Film Distribution

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EXISTING SOON (all caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Уиллоу Крик See more »

Filming Locations:

Willow Creek, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Jerkschool Productions See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Bobcat Goldthwait did all the throaty noises for Bigfoot. See more »

Goofs

When Jim & Kelly are in the Bigfoot Diner, they order a burger & sodas. Jim sips his soda, and it makes the distinct sound of an almost-empty cup. But they just sat down to eat, so the cup would not be empty. See more »

Quotes

Jim: Hi, I'm Jim Kessel. I'm here at the Trinity National Forest along Route 96 also known as The Bigfoot Byway. I'm here with my girlfriend Kelly Monteleone where we plan on retracing the famed 1967 Patterson Gimlin footage, and our search for Bigfoot.
[pause]
Jim: What's that face?
Kelly: Just... it's your thing, just make it about... you. You know, no girlfriend, my name, all that.
Jim: You don't want to be in the movie and now you're Stanley fuckin' Kubrick.
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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2014 Movie Catch-up: Part 2 (2014) See more »

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952 Frames of Truth
Written and Performed by Timmy Red
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A worthwhile slow burn, assuming you can endure the first 40 minutes.
17 June 2015 | by lnvictaSee all my reviews

Willow Creek is another Blair Witch Project rehash, but don't let that deter you. It's a different approach to minimalist found-footage horror, and it winds up being a truly frightening experience if you can make it past the first half. Not that the first half is poor - it's just a long setup to introduce you to these characters: Jim, the believer, and Kelly, the skeptic, on their hunt for the one and only Bigfoot. It's satirical in a way, watching Jim interview these townsfolk about Bigfoot sightings and you as a viewer knowing how ridiculous it all is, but that is what makes Willow Creek work so well. You're led to believe it's going to be a dumb satire on the Blair Witch Project for the first half of the film, which makes it all the more terrifying when things take a turn for the worse.

Rather than having jump scares and disturbing imagery, the scares in Willow Creek come almost entirely from sound. There's even a point where the main character shuts off the camera light so you can't see anything. All you can do is listen to the open wilderness: wood knocking from a distance, leaves crunching, ominous howls, getting closer and closer. It taps into everyone's innate fear of the unknown in the simplest and most effective way.

As far as minimalist horror goes, Willow Creek is right up there with Blair Witch, possibly even surpassing it. The only complaint I have aside from the overlong build up (which ends up paying off anyway) is the atrocious rock song that plays during the end credits. It takes the dreadful atmosphere you were experiencing moments before and slams your eardrums with this horrendous upbeat music. It can be a relief for some people, reminding us that it's only a movie, but I found it grating. However, this doesn't take away from the fact that Willow Creek is another reminder that found-footage can work with the right team in front and behind the camera. A perfect midnight horror movie.


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