Black Creek (2018)

As a brother and sister grieve their father’s passing, they head to his remote cabin to scatter his ashes. While there, something is attacking people in the woods nearby, something that may threaten them and their friends.

Written and directed by James Crow, Black Creek tackles native myths and legends by way of a teenager in peril story. The film starts off with a good enough idea, even having a few older characters that seem interesting. Then the teens enter the story and just bland it up. A native myth with some potential is turned into something most horror fans have seen many times. This in and of itself is not a problem if the film adds original ideas, brutal kills that are well done, etc. Here however, thing go for the usual road, down to possessed people having their eyes turn black once possessed.

Not helping the generic teen characters are the actors and actresses playing them. Their performances go from inoffensive to wooden, which means the viewer ends up not caring about them one way or the other. Truly horrendous acting would have been more entertaining than this flat fest. Normally, here would be where cast members giving shining performances either good or bad, so no one really stands out for better or worse, something that lends them no real interest throughout the film.

The film’s effects do have a few good moments, particularly near the start and in the first third. One of the first deaths is well done with really good effects making the viewer hope for more of the same or better for the blood and gore as the film ramps up. The rest of the film sadly does not crank up the volume on the kills. The effects done under the guidance of Nicole Fae look decent but do feel like they have been restrained by budget and definitely by the story. The visual effects also seem to suffer from this, giving the film more of the usual in terms of look.

Black Creek is an unfortunately bland film that starts with a proverbial bang leading the viewer to believe it will be a fun, gory romp in the ancestral woods. Instead, it gives the viewer clichés and flat performances. The special effects are good but not enough to make the film truly interesting on their own. What is more frustrating is the what-could-have-been as the start has some potential. The ending also has potential but the two elements are not enough to make the film all that entertaining or interesting.