Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jason versus Willow Creek

Bobcat Goldthwait isn't a name most Basementites associate with horror, so it came as quite a surprise when the former shock comedian turned his directorial interests to a found-footage movie about Bigfoot. Shakes the Clown and World's Greatest Dad, sure. But a horror movie about Bigfoot? Stick with me!

A couple interested in Sasquatch lore head into the wilderness where the infamous Patterson-Gimlin footage was shot, with terrifying results.

Willow Creek doesn't break any new ground in the found-footage genre, but it certainly uses the overused medium to its advantage, making the flick one of the most effective movies of its kind since The Blair Witch Project.

Yeah, we get the ignorant city folk heading into the woods with disastrous results, but I kinda liked these city folk. And I dig me any movie that's about Bigfoot, who's been sorely underused on the big screen, The Lost Coast Tapes aside.

The first half of this movie is a pretty entertaining look at the Bigfoot myth, and nicely builds elements the second half exploits, with frightening results. There's sequences in this movie -- one in particular -- that had me on the edge of my seat. Sure, the last 30 seconds played out predictably. The 20 or so minutes that led up to it were damn scary. Damn. Scary.

This is one flick I actually thought was too short. I could easily have handled another 10 or so minutes to really run me through the ringer. These few complaints aside, Willow Creek is a near flawless exercise in found-footage horror. Gotta give it a Good.

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