Saturday, October 04, 2014
Jim has been obsessed with the legend of Bigfoot since he was a kid. For his birthday, he drags his girlfriend Kelly on a Bigfoot tour that will culminate in a camping trip into the wilderness to the location where the only known film of Bigfoot was taken. Along the way we get to learn a lot about their relationship, while they ignore multiple warnings both subtle and obvious not to progress further into danger.
Another Rotten Tomatoes fail. 88% fresh my ass! The buildup before they even get to the forest is more than half the total movie length, and so slow paced that I was pretty bored. Whereas in The Afflicted, the planned trip and friendship between the protagonists would have carried a non-horror film, in Willow Creek, I just wasn't interested in this vanilla couple. The tense/horror parts, while effective and disturbing, were short (relative to the buildup), and the end seemed derivative and only quasi-satisfying. It's main strength, for the purposes of horrorthon, is that it is a short movie overall (80 minutes). To make it more fun, if you do watch this, make a game of deciding the exact moment you personally would have abandoned the quest.