Willow Creek

Film, Horror
3 out of 5 stars
Willow Creek

Aren’t we sick to death yet of found-footage horror movies? Can audiences endure any more shakycam shots of teary-eyed semi-professional actors snivelling in forests? Bigfoot-hunting mock-doc ‘Willow Creek’ sticks so close to the ‘Blair Witch’ template that at times it feels like a remake: central couple Jim (Bryce Johnson) and Kelly (Alexie Gilmore) may seem smarter than your average slasher victims, but it doesn’t stop them wandering off into the woods against the strict instructions of an angry hillbilly. But thankfully, this is the work of writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait, whose pitch-black comedy ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ is one of the unsung masterpieces of the past decade. He’s slumming here, but the result is still a cut above the average: the script is witty and the use of sound and silence is skilled and suspenseful, particularly in an epic, truly terrifying 19-minute single-take sequence in a torchlit tent. ‘Willow Creek’ doesn’t take us anywhere new – the climax is abrupt and unsatisfying – but it’s a whole lot of jarring, juddering fun while it lasts.

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday May 2 2014
Duration: 80 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Screenwriter: Bobcat Goldthwait
Cast: Alexie Gilmore
Bryce Johnson
Bucky Sinister
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