Willow Creek (2013) Review with Ending Explained


“Willow Creek,” directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, is a film that ventures into the found-footage horror genre with a fresh perspective. The movie follows a couple, Jim and Kelly, portrayed by Bryce Johnson and Alexie Gilmore, as they embark on a journey to capture evidence of Bigfoot in the infamous Willow Creek, the site of the original Bigfoot footage.

The Review (Spoiler Free)

Goldthwait’s approach to the genre is a slow burn, focusing on character development and the building of suspense rather than relying on jump scares. The film’s strength lies in its simplicity and the palpable chemistry between the leads, which grounds the story in a relatable reality. The dialogue is natural, and the interactions between Jim and Kelly add depth to their characters, making the audience care about their fate.

The director’s use of sound design and forced perspective is commendable, creating an atmosphere of dread and anticipation. The film cleverly plays with the audience’s expectations, knowing that they are waiting for the inevitable Bigfoot encounter. This anticipation is skillfully maintained throughout the movie, culminating in a tense, extended sequence that showcases Goldthwait’s understanding of the horror genre.

Despite its modest budget, “Willow Creek” manages to deliver a gripping narrative that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. The film does not break new ground but instead refines the found-footage formula with a keen eye for what makes the genre effective.

Critics have noted the film’s ability to wring fresh terror from a well-worn genre formula, offering a few nasty laughs along the way. The performances by Johnson and Gilmore have been praised for their commitment, and the screenplay’s touches of sly humor provide a welcome relief from the tension.

However, the film has received mixed reactions from audiences, as reflected in its 34% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Some viewers have found the slow build-up leading to the chaotic climax a bit too tedious, while others appreciate the atmospheric tension and character-driven narrative.

In conclusion, “Willow Creek” is a testament to Bobcat Goldthwait’s versatility as a filmmaker. It is a found-footage horror film that respects the genre’s roots while offering a modern twist. For those who appreciate a slow-burning, suspenseful horror experience, “Willow Creek” is a journey worth taking.

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Ending Explained (Spoiler Warning!!)

Clearly, the film centers on Bigfoot. Bigfoot begins to terrorize the couple, ultimately killing the boyfriend, Jim. The girlfriend, Kelly, struggles to survive but is eventually captured by Bigfoot. In the final scenes, she is seen being dragged to Bigfoot’s lair, where a brief glimpse of an overweight woman, apparently human, is shown. The film suggests that Bigfoot abducts human females for reproduction. Earlier, at a bar near Willow Creek, numerous missing persons posters of women are displayed. It’s implied that these women were taken by Bigfoot for the purpose of repopulation, and it’s inferred that Kelly is also abducted for this reason.

In the Nutshell

I give 4 out of 5 stars.  It is not perfect but very entertaining.

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Genre: Found-Footage Big Foot

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  1. Just watched this movie, had to do it in two sittings as the film just didn’t catch my attention in any way and I’ve watched some terrible found footage movies.

    I think my issues with it were the fact I had seen both actors before, so broke immersion for me somewhat, but I also felt that there were maybe too many shaky cam moments and horrible zoom ins. I get it he’s an amateur filmmaker, and they wanted to keep mystery and suspense, but a lot of it was kind of nauseating to watch.

    Also, the tent scene dragged on a bit too long. It was creepy, then it got a bit long in the tooth. Plus, they felt extremely under-prepared for a hike into the woods, especially if this guy has been fantasising about doing this since he was 8 years old, if I remember the age he mentioned correctly.

    Yeah it’s a film, I get it you need to suspend your disbelief but this film just outright threw an asshole and his girlfriend into the woods and the guy didn’t even have a night mode on the damn thing yet calls out his partner for turning on a torch.

  2. Not worth watching at all I truly could’ve made this movie with my kids… Minus the naked chick at the end. I should’ve spent my time watching paint dry I would’ve had a better time…sadly…

  3. This is one of the most immersive movies I have ever seen in my life. I absolutely loved it. Everything seemed so real, especially the tent scene. The chase scene is a bit overdone, and when they get dragged away by bigfoot, it would stand to reason that if the woman was conscious, she would’ve lost the the camera whilst flailing her arms around, trying to find something to grab onto in an effort to impede the beast.

  4. I find it hard to believe that they had nothing to fight with, she at least had a stick, they had no matches did not make a fire he should get a academy award for being the stupidest man alive ,that’s why she wouldn’t marry him


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