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Willow Creek (2013)

 -  Adventure | Horror | Mystery  -  2 May 2014 (UK)
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From celebrated Director Bobcat Goldthwait comes this edge of your seat horror that will make you think twice before going into the woods.

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Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are visiting the infamous Willow Creek, the alleged home of the original Bigfoot legend - the tale of huge ape like creatures that roam the forests of North America. It was there that in 1967, the legendary beast was captured on film and has terrified and mystified generations since. Keen to explore more than 50 years of truth, folklore, misidentifications and hoaxes, Kelly goes along for the ride to keep Jim happy, whilst he is determined to prove the story is real by capturing the beast on camera. Deep in the dark and silent woods, isolated and hours from human contact, neither Kelly or Jim are prepared for what is hidden between the trees, and what happens when the cameras start rolling... Written by Kaleidoscope Film Distribution

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Recovers from a slow start to become one of the better found footage horrors of recent times
1 October 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Well this is something a little different for comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, a low budget found footage horror that wouldn't be out of the grasp of a few student filmmakers with the motivation to provide some nice scares to their classmates, for Willow Creek really is the quintessential low budget horror that feels like a distant hairier cousin to the granddaddy of them all The Blair Witch Project.

Starting out as most found footage flicks do, that being slow and steady and almost uninteresting, Willow Creek slowly builds into a nice tempo that you can tell Goldthwait had a blast constructing. Boyfriend and girlfriend duo Jim and Kelly trapes around the town of Willow Creek interviewing various believing and non-believing citizens which allows the film to remain interesting enough to keep you interested and the characters of Jim and Kelly are thankfully less annoying than a majority of other recent similar flicks (here's looking at you Dyatlov Pass Incident!) so you're not wishing them to become bigfoot food from the get-go. While the opening half of Willow Creek is tolerable yet not entirely entertaining, once Goldthwait and his explorers hit the forest things become all types of tense.

You can almost imagine the smile on Bobcat's face when he was coming up with the forest set scenes within Willow Creek and it's here that the film outshines many of its competitors in what can openly be described as some of the year's most tense and downright scary scenes, with one long shot take in particular a real hands over the face moment. It's great to see scares driven entirely through the use of sounds, acting and the fear of the unseen and it's a testament to what has come before that once the horror starts arriving you will be well and truly along for the ride.

While small in scope and ambition and light on anything truly spectacular, Willow Creek is also a fine example of just how affective the found footage format can be when constructed with proper thought. In an age where horror films lose much of their power through the over use of special effects and jump scares it's refreshing to see a film construct a palpable sense of horror through storytelling, sound effects and the fear all would have of creepy goings on in the woods.

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