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So, what do you do on a Saturday night, when one of your closest and oldest friends boyfriends is away for the night and she is on her own? You go around and take crisps and cake and watch horror films - that's what you do! We managed to get through two horror films in total, and Willow Creek was the first. "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. 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."
I bought Willow Creek as it came up in a few lists of underrated movie lists I found and I liked the sound of it. Bigfoot, I hadn't seen a Bigfoot film in ages, I don't even remember when I last saw one to be fair, so I thought, why not?!
I am mellow with this film to be fair, it definitely has pros and cons about it, one pro being that I genuinely enjoyed the whole idea of going and following in the steps of an urban legend, like Bigfoot. Willow Creek really lets you get to know the characters, and lets you meet the people around the footsteps, such as whenever they stop off, they meet new people and so do you. I also loved how much effort the film went into regarding the money making schemes behind urban legends, (they go to a restaurant where they sell sandwiches that are shaped as Bigfoot's feet.), and that is so realistic and so fun.
Willow Creek is a fun film, and I feel that might have been some of its problem. A lot of the time, it felt messy, and it felt long, by long I mean it felt like it needed to be edited down. One scene with the couple in the tent, scared out of their wits by unknown noises, feels like it goes on for just a bit too long. For most of the time, you are watching them, staring out, huddled together, whispering, listening out for noises and on occasion, scaring, and it feels like it wasn't edited enough. We are watching them for a good while, and it's not a bad scene at all, the noises they hear are creepy and it is a tense scene, but it goes on for too long I felt, and just needed a trim.
The ended was also lost on me. Right at the end, I said to my friend, "I am going to be annoyed if this ends here", and it did, and I was a little annoyed. I won't mention the ended, but I will say, it goes almost full Blair Witch ending and then sends a little twist your way, that in my eyes, hadn't actually been mentioned in the film. I may have missed it, but I was watching the whole time, and I just didn't pick up on the twist, I had to Google it to actually get it. Up until that point, I was on board, but I just missed the ending completely as I don't feel it was explained. Please, someone tell me if I am wrong!
Willow Creek isn't all about tense scenes, or seeing Bigfoot, and that's okay. I still enjoyed it. It had its cons, but it is a found footage film with a fresh new feel to it. A fresh amateur, easy going feel to it. This means some parts might feel too long, but overall, it feels different and as if you're watching it before it goes to the cutting room floor - more raw. One thing it didn't do, that was strange but also good, is tell you about how the footage had been found or when/if the bodies are found/if they lived or died. I liked this! It leaves the ending open.
I liked this film, it's fresh and fun but could do with some editing, but apart from that, I liked it.
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..