Bigfoot, Blood and Belly Laughs - A Rare Gem of a Film
Make no mistake, Cherokee Creek pushes the boundaries of decency in almost every minute of its runtime. If you're easily offended by colorful language, strippers you're gonna hate it, but if that's you, you shouldn't be watching it in the first place.
A packed out theater at the premiere, and again on its second select screening (many coming back for a second time), Cherokee Creek is a rare gem of a movie and I wouldn't be surprised if it achieved cult-like status.
Although I had nothing to do with the making of the film, I covered the premiere and filmed audience reactions as they came out of the theater.
Some people wouldn't talk on camera. I'd guess some of these folk were simply camera shy, but for sure, some hated it and couldn't wait to get home to sniff their smelling salts.
There's only one thing we love about movies and it's the same thing we've loved about them forever:
"A good story well told."
No amount of money, and no abundance of Hollywood glamour and glitz can compensate for a bad screenplay. Cherokee Creek is brilliantly written and told impeccably by its stellar ensemble cast, any of whom could perform shoulder-to-shoulder with your favorite A-lister.
It's almost offensive to call Cherokee Creek a low budget movie, because that suggests low budget results. But it's true, Cherokee Creek was made for less than 0.1% of an average blockbuster... but you'd never notice, and if you do, you won't care, because you'll be too busy laughing. You might notice there's no CGI, no green screen scenes and no big explosions, but Cherokee Creek isn't missing all that, it's better without it.
You don't see independent films like this very often. From script to screen and everything in between, Cherokee Creek is a masterpiece in independent filmmaking and the benchmark against which all comparable budget films should be measured.
Unless you're The Pope, Mother Theresa or the Benedict of Nursia, you won't be able to help but laugh throughout this film - and I mean belly laugh.
Todd Jenkins, I have no idea how you pulled off this small miracle, but you did, and those of us who have so far made the effort to watch and support it have been touched by its magic.
Shaun Peter Cunningham
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