Main cast: Alexie Gilmore (Kelly) and Bryce Johnson (Jim)
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Willow Creek is all about the Bigfoot. Jim has always wanted to capture Bigfoot on film, so he heads over to the same location where the famous Patterson–Gimlin film (that famous Bigfoot pic) was made: the Six Rivers National Forest, Northern California. Therefore, his idea of a romantic getaway is to go there, bringing his girlfriend Kelly along. Kelly puts up with him even though she doesn’t believe that Bigfoot exists, so it must be love.
This is a footage found movie, so for a long time, watch as these two, armed with cameras, frolic around nature. See them interview the folks of Willow Creek, the Bigfoot capital of the world – with some degree of ‘authenticity’ afforded by the appearance of actual folks in that place as themselves – and see Jim get naked and swim in the river. The last bit (heh) is very nice, I have to say, but for the most part, this is not a horror movie. You will have to really humor Jim and Kelly as they do their thing and eventually, inevitably, ignore warnings of the locals to go crash the wilderness all on their own. It is very late in the movie when Bigfoot may show up, horny and looking for a new girlfriend (don’t ask), but even then, there is some shaky cam, some screaming, and it’s a wrap.
Still, the entire movie is well-acted, especially for a low budget flick, and the scenery is gorgeous. Oh, and Bryce Johnson getting naked, which is always a nice thing to see. I’m not sure whether he’s wearing those cover-the-dangling-bits socks or he’s free swinging under the water, but the view is lovely either way. His dedication to giving people a reason to watch this movie is worthy of an extra oogie. If you prefer nudity of the other persuasion, though, I’m sad to say that Alexie Gilmore keeps her clothes on throughout the movie.
Anyway, if you think you’d enjoy the scenery, or if you collect Bigfoot movies, hey, go for it. Just don’t expect something horrifying or even a little scary, or you’d be very disappointed.
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