Writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait previously treated us to World’s Greatest Dad and God Bless America, two anarchic satire-filled comedies that you should see if you haven’t already done so. This time around he combines two genres that are all but worn out – the found footage horror flick and the there’s-something-evil-in-these-here-woods movie – and comes out a winner with this slow burning horror movie.
Meet young filmmaker Jim (Bryce Johnson) and his girlfriend Kelly (Alexie Gilmore) who are off to the quaint town of Willow Creek to find Bigfoot. While everything there revolves around the big hairy bugger that supposedly roams the woods surrounding the town, the people there don’t seem too happy about the couple making their little movie. A lot of people try to warn them that this might not be a good idea and while Kelly would just as well be at home watching Grey’s Anatomy, it’s Jim’s ego that eventually lands them in the woods.
The best thing about Willow Creek is that Goldthwait takes his time. You know what’s going to happen but Goldthwait is not in a hurry getting there. So we follow Jim and Kelly around town, talking to the locals, setting up their documentary up until the point that you almost forget what’s going to happen. And that’s when Goldthwait goes all Blair Witch on your ass, keeping the camera steady instead of swirling it all over the place and relying more on sounds than sights. It’s creepy as fuck and when you are right there in that tent with Jim and Kelly, you’ll wish you were at home watching Grey’s Anatomy instead.