Willow Creek Reviews

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
May 6, 2015
Enthusiasts of the simplicity of the original "Blair Witch" picture will admire that it falls well within the tradition of keeping things low-tech.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
January 5, 2015
Despite the impressively committed performances by the two leads and the screenplay's touches of sly humor, the proceedings are mostly all too redolent of the endless found-footage horror films that have followed in the wake of The Blair Witch Project
Andrew Pollard
Starburst
January 5, 2015
Willow Creek is a well-crafted, slow-burning horror that uses the found footage approach to deliver a movie that is just as much about what you don't see as what you do. A found footage movie as it should be done.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Charles Webb
Nerdist
January 5, 2015
While the final "reveal" feels at once expected but out of nowhere, Willow Creek is a solid look inside the mind of someone obsessed with one of our weird national myths.
Mark H. Harris
About.com
January 5, 2015
Bobcat Goldthwait has proven himself to be such an outside-the-box visionary, it's unfathomable that his fertile mind could produce something as pedestrian as Willow Creek.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat
January 5, 2015
I love all of Goldthwait's films (except one) but I wasn't sure what his goal was with Willow Creek. I can rest assured now that like any good filmmaker, he wanted to take the audience for a hell of a ride and tell a great story. He has succeeded.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jessica Baxter
Film Threat
January 5, 2015
It's definitely worth watching and it's impressive what Goldthwait and his two leads were able to accomplish with what couldn't have been much more than a $100 budget and a weekend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Hasted
The Arts Desk
January 5, 2015
Willow Creek's mixture of quizzical documentary and gripping horror film is the effective result.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christian Toto
HollywoodInToto.com
September 17, 2014
Willow Creek is the best found footage shocker in ages, a statement that speaks volumes about the floundering genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Film Racket
September 6, 2014
In his comedies, Goldthwait always presents a very particular point of view, but in his foray into horror, he comes off as just another copycat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 4, 2014
A wonderful turn of the found footage sub-genre that watches like a part found footage movie, and part documentary shoot that took a turn in to hell.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 1, 2014
Goldthwait's made a film that's half kitschy American road trip, half straight chiller and his two leads ably switch tone, just as Goldthwait's film seems to be warning that we should beware the embrace of cultish legends as entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Zhuravsky
The Playlist
August 24, 2014
"Willow Creek" a canny horror film and a derivative one, but as a reminder of the power of suggestion, the unseen dwarfing even the grandest budgets, prodding our imagination and chills us to the bones.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
July 13, 2014
One senses that Goldthwait penned the Willow Creek script not so much to indulge in genre elements (which he handles with a pro's touch) but more to explore the emotional intimacy between the leads.
Devin Faraci
Birth.Movies.Death.
July 7, 2014
Willow Creek isn't a joke. It's not a satire. It's an actual found footage horror movie that centers on Bigfoot... and it's actually scary.
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
July 3, 2014
Willow Creek is an unexpectedly restrained and atmospherically effective slow burn.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 30, 2014
The two actors establish a realistic chemistry, and the otherwise familiar movie cranks up the tension by exploiting common fears.
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
June 27, 2014
Goldthwait's pacing is all wrong, taking far too long to get his film where it needs to be and creating zero tension along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks
June 15, 2014
It's all well and good to want to say things using the world of a horror movie, but it's even better when you don't forget to try and be scary for 75% of the runtime.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
June 12, 2014
It's damn good. Believe it... [Willow Creek is] a break-up movie, really; just one in which a mysterious monster assists in the breaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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