Bobcat Goldthwait may have been an annoying jester in the Police Academy franchise and repetitive rash of guilty-pleasure '80s comedies, but he's quietly become a damn fine indie director.
Here's the first trailer for his sixth movie, a terrifying, low-budget horror project called Willow Creek, appearing at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal this summer. It's basically The Blair Witch Project replaced with the legend and lore of Bigfoot, with some bizarro Bobcat touches, all wrapped up in a scary, micro-budget walk in the woods.
Here's the official synopsis:
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.
Dim the Coleman lantern, hide the marshmallows and take a peek.
(Via Bleeding Cool)