Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Some fellows decide to spend a weekend in the woods, being friendly and drinking sum beerz. Unfortunately for them, their friend Billy takes a turn for the worse, as somehow he ends up bleeding out in a nearby creek. Of course, the death was ruled as an 'accident', but after 5 years the friends are going to reunite. They're seeing visions of their dead friend, and are determined to figure out what really happened to their departed friend.
Is it good movie?
You know, I can appreciate the work that went into this film and I also can see what it was aiming for, but unfortunately for me The Creek just didn't make a big impact on me.
From the outset of this film, it is clear that there is some work to be done. Erik Souillard seems to be no stranger to hard work though, the guy directed, wrote and starred in the film so he clearly felt like he had something to prove. I just don't know why he chose to do it with such a generic plot.
How many times have you seen a film with a plot just like this? A whodunit based on a wrongful murder, taking place in the woods of all places? Okay, so you've seen a flick like this before. What if you liked it? Well, then you might enjoy this one.
The effects in this movie aren't very good. I know, the guy probably didn't have a huge but and this is an indie film, but the film looks like a low-rent episode of Are you Afraid of the Dark. And although I've read otherwise, I thought that the acting here was off, the dialogue was mostly wooden and took me out of the picture.
The Creek tries to be scary, and it’s possible that if it were a big budget movie, it may succeed, but when I watched it everything was mostly funny, if nothing else. I just couldn't get past the goofy acting.
And what of the big resolution? Well, the plot wraps up well enough, but I don't know how enthralled you'll be along the way. It sort of got on my nerves at the start of the film how the first 10 minutes or so were dedicated to nothing but ghost sightings, over and over again.
The film is shot well, and the heavy metal score was up my alley. With that being said, I just never really got into this flick and I probably won't remember much of it a few months down the road.
Video / Audio
This flick is a great starting point and leaves a lot of room to grow on. Passion does shine through but the means just weren't of high enough quality to accomplish what this film sets out to do. If you're a big indie film buff, you could definitely do worse than this film- it may be your cup of tea. The Creek tries to be a relatively smart and creepy ghost film, but fell just short of the mark, in my opinion.