15. “Willow Creek” (2013)
There are no shortage of creature features tucked inside the found footage arena, but Bobcat Goldthwait’s lean and mean (and, yes, of course also darkly funny) “Willow Creek” adds Bigfoot into the mix with style and smarts. Like so many of its brethren, the film spins out a simple story (couple goes looking for Bigfoot, oops, actually finds Bigfoot) into chilling ends.
Goldthwait also subtly builds in plenty of backstory and mythology, enough to power the film to go beyond other similar features. Aided by game stars Bryce Johnson (as Bigfoot obsessive Jim) and Alexie Gilmore (as the more cautious Kelly), it’s a classic two-hander that soon comes to include some very, very hairy paws. It’s funny and creepy, and it ends with one hell of an implication. —KE
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