Willow Creek
Let’s take a step back from Willow Creek and consider some thing: I will watch any movie that Bobcat Goldthwait directs. From Shakes the Clown to God Bless America, Goldthwait has earned his outlier fanbase by telling darkly comedic (but still somewhat heartfelt) stories through biting satire and surreal situations. His films are unique and are not meant to be enjoyed by everyone. As such, it was a strange choice when the director announced he’d be directing a found footage horror which can be summed up as "Blair Witch with a Bigfoot creature."

But let’s not forget that The Blair Witch Project was a pretty frightening innovation when it came out, and Cabin in the Woods is evidence that clever people can make overused tropes feel fresh again. Willow Creek won over many critics for its festival run last year who praised the film’s lead actors and smart script, which tells the story of a Bigfoot hunter and his disbelieving girlfriend. So let’s try to forget the plethora of found-footage knock-offs that have come out over the years and put our faith in one of the most talented filmmakers making the fringe his own. Personally, I can’t wait for Goldthwait’s version of Argo.

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And we leave behind Goldthwait’s Bigfoot to move in with Kevin Smith’s walrus. Smith’s fans have been clamoring for the director to finally get to making the third entry in the Clerks series, but between assertions that he’s retiring after making "one more movie," Smith returned to his deep indie roots for the offbeat horror movie Tusk, inspired by an idea discussed during an episode of his long-running podcast. Oh, and he is finishing it just in time to get a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Nothing about this movie makes a whole hell of a lot of sense, and that’s what makes it so intriguing.

Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) plays a podcaster whose best friend and co-caster, played by Justin Long (For a Good Time, Call…), goes missing. His disappearance involves a presumed serial killer (Michael Parks) who forces his victims to wear a full-sized walrus costume. It also stars Genesis Rodriguez and an as-yet-unnamed surprise star as a detective investigating the case. It’s impossible not to be interested in this wackiness, and I can’t wait to see Smith non-religious take on the horror genre. Does anybody know if walruses are capable of giving the Stinkpalm?

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