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Willow Creek

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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.

Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

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

Cast and crew

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