Willow Creek
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Described by Jimmy Kimmel as "Scary and the Hendersons" and by writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait himself as "The Blair-Squatch Project," found footage movie Willow Creek is a radical departure in Goldthwait's career after directing a string of black comedies (World's Greatest Dad, God Bless America). In the great American tradition of people venturing into the woods and encountering absolutely pants-wetting terror, what starts as two dorks with a video camera having a lark in a national park metastasizes into something much deeper, darker, and queasier. Set in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"Mr. Goldthwait gives us lovely, buttery daylight scenes, nicely relaxed leads and dialogue that pays attention to fluctuating gender dynamics."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"A found-footage horror cheapie that turns out to be its creator's warmest, most satisfying work."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
""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."
‑ Mark Zhuravsky, The Playlist
"Willow Creek is an unexpectedly restrained and atmospherically effective slow burn."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"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."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Glenn Dunks
"The parts are greater than the whole, but there's a lot to like here, including the easy interplay between the leads."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Bobcat Goldthwait's effective yet wholly unnecessary contribution to the genre of horror movies allegedly recovered from the hard drives of dead cameramen."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"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."
‑ Simon Foster, Screen-Space
"The two actors establish a realistic chemistry, and the otherwise familiar movie cranks up the tension by exploiting common fears."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"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."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"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."
‑ A.A. Dowd, AV Club
"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."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"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."
‑ Devin Faraci, Badass Digest
"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."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"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."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
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