I will be the first to admit it: I love found footage. Well. I mean. I love found footage that’s done well. Well, I love found footage that’s done at least decently (or better). The Blair Witch Project, the Paranormal Activity series, [REC], Trolljegeren, Cloverfield, The V/H/S series… need I go on?
Willow Creek follows two main characters, boyfriend & girlfriend, Jim and Kelly, as they drive down to Willow Creek, California, to hunt for Bigfoot in Bigfoot country itself. Jim very much believes in the Bigfoot, but Kelly is a skeptic, so of course, one of them has to be wrong (spoiler alert: It’s Kelly).
Willow Creek did a great job of showing little and creating a ton of suspense and tension. There is a scene that has to be around 20 minutes long with no cuts where both characters are literally just sitting in their tent in the dark with only the camera’s light and each other for comfort, listening to the sounds happening around them. After a lot of build-up, tree-knocking, and whooping, everything reaches a climax very rapidly, and to be honest, I love the pacing of this movie. It’s a slow-burn, but it’s a slow-burn that was done really well and it’s not SO slow that you get bored in the middle. I read a review by Scott Weinberg, I believe, that said it’s the best Bigfoot film out there, and I’d have to agree, although truthfully, I haven’t seen any other Bigfoot films… ever.
After the film was over (I watched it for my second viewing experience with my boyfriend, David, and my dad while we visited him in his hometown which is a pretty… woodsy area, so we were a little bit freaked out), we ended up Youtube-ing Bigfoot sightings and finding this gem which I now feel I need to share with everyone I know… so with that, watch Willow Creek and enjoy: