I lost respect for this film when it became a conventional yet effective found footage horror film. Before that I enjoyed the meandering pace of the leads as they encountered the denizens of aroadside tourist attraction and that was enough. It just felt lazy after that.
Could've been summed up in 30 minutes, with too much interviews and exposition in its 1st half, and a 2nd half that pushes suspense to its boredom point. The couple's relationship is the unrecognized focus here, with occasionally specific details popping up concerning their dynamic. But, mostly it just needs an editor, or should've developed the characters within the action and horror, not just delayed it.
The amount of time dedicated to exposition and set-up is not proportional to the few (though efficient) scares that follow. Plus, there's the usual problem with horror outings like this: the characters are dumb and/or irksome. Its sound effects scare tactics are very reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project.
Una película respetable. A pesar de que "Willow creek" obedece a las mismás dinámicas del found footage de terror, tiene una personalidad propia al aguantar el (des)encuentro ante las criaturas que merodean. Es a valorar además su decisión por evadir ese encaramiento con los monstruos. Al ser una película de bajo costo, apelar a la tecnología digital lo libró de un posible y seguro desastre.
Good found footage with a nice blend of light comedy and white knuckle terror. The leading actors work like a charm throughout and the direction is fast, loose and fun. The final reel brings both menace and terror which is a nice pay off after the light and humorous tone that preceeds it., Recommended if you want something unassuming yet engrossing.
Second viewing (6/29/2014): The movie's been edited since I first saw it - and not for the better, I think. It's still very good, but there's some crucial information that's missing now which leaves the ending more perplexing and less frightening. http://letterboxd.com/mharbour/films/diary/