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Willow Creek Blu-ray Review

Willow Creek Blu-ray

“Willow Creek” brings nothing new to the found footage genre.

Instead of writing and directing another dark comedy ala the underrated “World’s Greatest Dad,” writer/director/comedian Bobcat Goldthwait has curiously moved into the horror realm with his latest feature film. Originally conceived as a mockumentary, Goldthwait’s “Willow Creek” is a rather straight forward found footage horror film about a a man (Jim) and his girlfriend (Kelly) embarking on a trip to the tourist trap town where Bigfoot was allegedly spotted- Willow Creek, California. While Kelly is just along for the ride for moral support, Jim is determined to search for Bigfoot and has even decided to document his journey to try and capture the mythical creature on film himself. Despite several red red flags and warnings, the couple opts to camp out in the woods where Bigfoot may possibly be living. To no surprise whatsoever, Jim and Kelly soon begin to experience frightening things in their ill-advised camping trip. Is Bigfoot really out there or is something more going on?

At an all too brief 80 minutes with credits, there’s simply not much to “Willow Creek.” Aside from an effective 20 minute scene in which Jim and Kelly are being bombarded by a host of noises outside of their camping tent, this found footage movie is, well, just another found footage movie. For the duration of the running time, one can’t shake the feeling that Goldthwait is merely making a knock off of “The Blair Witch Project” as his film also heavily relies on sound f/x and a “less is more” storytelling approach. Heck, even the anti-climactic ending feels positively Blair Witchian (only that film’s ending worked well).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? It looks like a found footage movie. To be fair, the daytime Northern California location shooting is sharp, but the night footage is as grainy as it gets.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Since “Willow Creek” relies on sound so heavily, it should come as no surprise that this audio track is extremely effective. The audio is far and away the best part of the entire film.

Extras:
* Dark Sky Film trailers and a “Willow Creek” trailer.
* Cliff Barackman’s deleted scene.
* “Bryce Johnson’s The Making of Willow Creek” contains 11 ½ minutes behind-the-scenes footage of making bigfoot prints in the sand.
* An entertaining commentary by Alexie Gilmore, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Bryce Johnson. The stories behind the production are more enjoyable than the film itself.

Overall Thoughts: While certainly not the worst found footage film around, “Willow Creek” simply lacks ingenuity.

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September 8, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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