Bobcat Goldthwait’s found footage Bigfoot horror film, Willow Creek, gets a trailer

I’ve been keeping a close eye on Bobcat Goldthwait’s latest found footage horror film Willow Creek and today we finally get to see just what he has in store with the Bigfoot thriller made on a shoe-string budget. The film will be hitting the Fantasia Film Festival this summer. The first trailer is pretty solid as it leads us straight into the forest where we follow a young couple who take a trip into the woods to capture footage of the elusive Bigfoot. As you can probably guess, things go from good to a shit storm of screaming and heavy breathing — all of the necessary elements of a found footage thriller!

The film just recently premiered at the Boston Independent Film Festival and while we don’t have an official synopsis just yet, here’s how they broke it down:

Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are in Willow Creek, California, to retrace the steps of Bigfoot researchers Patterson and Gimlin, who, in 1967, recorded the most famous film of the legendary monster. Kelly is a skeptic, along for the ride to spend time with her boyfriend between acting gigs. Jim, a believer, hopes to capture footage of his own, so his camera is constantly rolling.

The small town is a mecca to the Bigfoot community; sasquatch statues guard the local businesses, murals of the missing link line the roads, and Bigfoot burgers are the town delicacy. The couple interview locals who range from skeptic to believer and from manic to completely menacing. Some of the stories they hear are of chance encounters with a gentle creature, while others are tales of mysterious eviscerations.

On the day that Jim and Kelly plan on hiking into the woods to look for proof, they are given a simple warning: “It’s not a joke. You shouldn’t go there.” Despite the ominous message and Kelly’s own reservations, they head deep into the forest to set up camp. The events that follow will make them wish they had simply spent the night at the Bigfoot Motel.


[Written for AITH]

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23 thoughts on “Bobcat Goldthwait’s found footage Bigfoot horror film, Willow Creek, gets a trailer

  1. Wow, that’s a bad ass poster. I’m down for this one! I like Bobcat, found footage, and horror, so…yes, please. I also like that they didn’t reveal Bigfoot in the trailer. For some reason, now I want to watch Troll Hunter again.

    1. Yea the poster is insanely cool! Badass Digest premiered the trailer and they’ve seen the flick already and they really dug it. Hopefully it’s pretty damn cool!

  2. Like Chris says above, right now it just looks Blair Witch. They probably cant show Big Foot before the movie though or they’ll have no cards left to play. LOL. Of course, the movie hinges on whether or not Bigfoot looks good! 😮

    1. Yea that’s a good point. Bigfoot is very elusive and I really doubt they’d show him in the trailer and I bet it takes a while before you get a solid look at him in the film. It’s not terribly difficult to make something look good in a found footage film so if they screw up the way Bigfoot looks then I’d be VERY surprised!

  3. So, is Goldthwait taking this seriously; or is this going to be one long ‘messin’ with Sasquatch joke?

    1. Don’t feel bad, I was expecting some kinda’ punch line while watching the trailer, too! Then I realized, oh wait, this is serious, and it took a few moments to wrap my head around that 🙂

  4. That poster is all kinds of crazy. I like the trailer too. Thought the text at the start works really well. Thanks for sharing, this film had managed to pass me by actually. Hadn’t heard much about it.

    1. Yea, it was made on a very small budget and has managed to stay pretty quiet during some festival rounds. It will play at this years Fantasia Film Fest so we’ll be hearing a lot more soon enough! Amazing poster for sure.

  5. I hate how these found footage movies seem to think they need one person that’s beyond annoying, and that’s the person they keep alive till the end (e.g., Blair Witch Project). Really? That’s the person you want to keep your audience company so they want the person to die?? The girl screaming at the end reminded me of that. Otherwise, it looks promising (maybe she’ll die before her boyfriend?).

    1. Lol that’s a good point. To be fair, the more you want that annoying person to die the better it is when they meet their end. I’m assuming no one makes it out of this one alive anyways!

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