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Willow Creek Reviews

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Jamie S. Rich

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: 1/5

June 27, 2014
Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks

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 Source: Glenn Dunks | Original Score: C

June 15, 2014
Dustin Putman

By aping upon other like-minded pictures and never quite releasing himself from the shackles of humdrum convention, director Bobcat Goldthwait sells himself short.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

June 5, 2014
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Johnson and Gilmore have an easygoing rapport ... But once their characters venture deep into the woods, the film has nowhere to go but down the same narrative path as almost every found-footage tale since The Blair Witch Project began the craze in 1999.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 15, 2013
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

Willow Creek is a shocking mix of comedy and horror that makes Bobcat Goldthwait's first foray into horror a uniquely rewarding one, giving Bigfoot the proper cinematic feature that such a legendary creature deserves.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

November 6, 2013
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Willow Creek is Goldthwait flexing a whole new set of film-making muscles and he proves that there's some life left in the found footage genre.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 12, 2014
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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A found-footage horror cheapie that turns out to be its creator's warmest, most satisfying work.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 3, 2014
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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He may be seriously slumming by putting a modern spin on 1972's The Legend Of Boggy Creek, but at least Goldthwait's done his homework.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

June 5, 2014
Greg Klymkiw
Electric Sheep

Goldthwait is the real thing. If you haven't seen his movies up to this point, you must.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

May 2, 2014
Simon Miraudo

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

June 12, 2014
Devin Faraci
Badass Digest

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.

Full Review Source: Badass Digest

July 7, 2014
Simon Foster

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.

Full Review Source: Screen-Space

July 13, 2014
Alan Jones
Radio Times

A winning found-footage horror that also works as a sly commentary on the urban legend business.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 2, 2014
Scott Weinberg

Very simple but calmly effective Blair Witch Project throwback.

Full Review Source: FEARnet

October 17, 2013
Nick Setchfield
SFX Magazine

If the waking scream of an ending doesn't shred your ganglia you may have no functioning nervous system.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

May 23, 2014
Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works

by turns funny and frightening... a perfect hybridisation of familiar found footage tropes and transgressive Bobcattery.

Full Review Source: Grolsch Film Works

September 6, 2013
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

April 29, 2014
Bill Gibron

One of the best things about Willow Creek is that it represents someone's unwavering vision, and in today's commodity oriented movie marketplace, that's unusual indeed.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 3/5

June 5, 2014
Brian Orndorf

It's smaller in scope and horror ambition, which automatically makes it more enjoyable than most of its brethren, creating a mix of local color and camping disaster that's basic but frightfully effective.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

June 6, 2014
Eric Kohn

A unique representation of the tension between those who scoff at the Bigfoot legend and others willing to accept the mythology as gospel.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE | Original Score: B+

June 3, 2014
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