ByBrendan Jesus, writer at
I am a Penn State graduate/model/writer/filmmaker/other stuff. I'll probably write about films, or something.
Brendan Jesus


Recently I was fumbling through the video store to try and find a horror movie that would peak my interest. I happened upon a tantalizing red case with, what looked like, a Sasquatch footprint, with toes made of people. It was pretty trippy. This movie was called Willow Creek.

You may have read the aforementioned name and said, "who the hell is that?" This is he:

Yeah that guy wrote and directed a horror movie. His credits are actually quite honorable: he has written and directed Worlds Greatest Dad, and God Bless America (which are both incredible films), he has also directed episodes of Chappelle's Show, The Man Show, Community, and Maron. One can possibly say he is a talented director.

Willow Creek

Back to the topic now. I ended up purchasing Willow Creek and ran home to watch it. Like all found-footage films it starts out in a car. We're introduced to our two main characters who are, wait for it... LOVERS! They go into the woods to try and find evidence of Bigfoot. About 30 minutes into the film I was very underwhelmed, and I was ready to call it quits. Then I remembered I had paid about 10 bucks for the film so I figured I'd sit through it once and place it on the shelf so I could view the cover's artwork.

Willow Creek goes from typical found-footage horror film to experimental art film in the drop of a hat. This film doesn't scare you in the typical way, Bobcat makes us work for the horror. If you've seen the film you know what scene I am referencing if I say the tent scene. If you haven't seen the film just know that there is a 20 minute long UNCUT take where the protagonists are being harassed by some creature, who is obviously toying with them.

To show you how great of a director Bobcat Goldthwait is, HE himself ran all around the woods outside of the tent the actors were in and created noises/hoots/hollers to frighten the actors. He even went so far as to NOT tell the actors where he would be during the scene or what he would do, which provided the authentic reactions we see on screen.

Note: this is only PART of said 20-minute scene.

After our lovers escape the tent they find themselves lost in the depths of the woods. They're trapped throughout the entire next day, and then night falls. Goldthwait leaves us with an ambiguous ending, which are my favorite types of endings. They are like those make-your-own-adventure books, and it is left up to us, the film-viewers, to make up our own ending based on the evidence given to us by the filmmakers.

What am I trying to say by all of this? With my recent string of articles I think the horror genre is slowly making its way back to the top. We need genre-defining movies now. Older generations had their movies, they had their time, they had their say in cinema movements and trends. But now it is our time. As film viewers we need to demand more films like this! We need to start the horror revolution. This means we can't see more crapfests and remakes. So if you really really care about horror films you will step up and say, "No more! Viva la revolution!"


Is this film revolutionary or an example of failed art?


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