For over fourty minutes.
No, I’m not some kind of creepy stalker. I was watching Willow Creek on dvd. The latest “found footage movie”.
The movie centers on a young couple, Jim and Kelly. Jim is fascinated by the bigfoot legend, and is on a quest to retrace the steps of Patterson and Gimlin who shot the legendary “original” bigfoot footage. The duo soon find themselves in the quiet, bigfoot-lore infested town of Willow Creek. They interview some of the locals and, despite being warned away by an angry man, soon find themselves hiking to and camping on the very spot where the Gimlin footage was shot. At night, they hear strange sounds and their tent gets attacked. Freaked out, they decide to leave early in the morning. But, as per usual in found footage films, they seem to be lost in the woods…
So there you have it. Interesting plot, original monster (has anyone ever a bigfoot film other than Harry and the Hendersons?), written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait… My interest was tickled.
Willow Creek suffers from some serious flaws though. Many of them kinda ruined the movie for me. The biggest flaw being that, yes, the main part of the movie essentially is two people sitting in a tent, scared pantsless, listening intently if they hear “that strange noise” again. It’s scary for the first five minutes, but after that, it gets pretty tedious and boring to watch.
It doesn’t help that the scary noises aren’t scary at all. The couple is terrified of what are supposedly bigfoot vocalisations, but all I heard were crewmembers making whooping sounds and grunting noises.
And then there’s the big reveal at the end.
Oh, wait. There isn’t one.
We get teased with vocalisations, even see something physically push up against the tent, but when Bigfoot finally shows itself… It doesn’t. The creature stays out of frame the entire time, even though the camera gets shaken around quite a bit. It’s a letdown, really. I was stoked to see the creature. After waiting for what seemed forever, and suffering through the ridiculously long “scared in the tent” scene, I feel I deserved to see bigfoot. Or at least some part of him.
But nothing. Nada. Zip. Not even a crewmember sporting a cheap Halloween mask. I guess it’s all a ploy to add to the mysteriousness of the whole movie, but it feels more like budget limitations.
In the end, I ended up on youtube. Watching the original Gimlin-footage. It’s just over a minute long, but it’s more fun watching that than watching two scaredy cats in a tent.