WILLOW CREEK (2013)
The most interesting thing about this complete rip-off of The Blair Witch Project is that it is written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and as such, you expect it to be a lot more interesting or at least a lot less routine. Found footage film basically has a man (Bryce Johnson) and his girlfriend (Alexie Gilmore) camping out deep in the California woodland on a hunt for Bigfoot and obvious not liking what they find. Film basically substitutes Sasquatch for the Blair Witch and follows that film’s template to the letter, reproducing that famous flick, but with the legendary anthropoid instead of a folklore witch. I will admit that, derivative as it is, the couple’s night of horror inside their tent as something lurks right outside is still very effective, but then we get a basically copy-cat silly ending. Held my interest and entertained somewhat, but really nothing much to recommend. Also stars Peter Jason as a forest ranger, which ruins the found footage aspect as he is a recognizable character actor.
LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS (2014)
Much like Willow Creek, this flick isn’t terrible, but is so routine that it is an instantly forgettable monster movie and despite the title, has little or nothing to do with the original Warwick Davis series. Horror, written by Harris Wilkinson and directed by Zach Lipovsky, is played straight and has a group of young people backpacking thorough Ireland and being offered a remote cabin as a place to stay by the locals. Unknown to them, though, they are sacrificial lambs to appease an angry leprechaun (WWE Superstar Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl) whose gold the townsfolk have stolen. The title creature looks like a random little monster, doesn’t speak and does not at all evoke a leprechaun, though the make-up and gore FX are fairly solid. Attractive young cast are likable enough…especially feisty and adorable Stephanie Bennett…but it still doesn’t make this film anymore than a mildly amusing passing of time that you’ll instantly forget as the credits roll.