The Creek

4/54/54/54/5

Most times the dead move on... Sometimes they want Revenge

The Creek The Creek opens with seven friends partying at a remote cabin in the woods when one of their number – Billy (Tim Jesiolowski) – is killed by an unseen attacker.

We then jump forward five years and the remaining friends have grown older and grown apart. But now, as the fifth anniversary of Billy’s death approaches, each of the six friends sees his ghost. Not sure why they’ve seen a ghost and, individually, not entirely convinced that they have seen a ghost, the friends start to seek each other out and, between them, they decide that they should return to the place where Billy died.

And it’s here, in the woods, at night, that they begin to discuss what happened all those years ago. Billy’s murder, it turns out, was recorded by the police as an accident but not everyone is convinced. And, as all of the old tensions and animosities start to emerge, the inevitable question gets asked: If Billy was murdered, who was responsible?

While watching this The Creek, I found it very easy to forget that it is an independent film. Much of it is filmed outdoors and at night, which is always difficult, but writer/director Erik Soulliard’s visual sense combined Jason Contino’s superb cinematography really does lend a genuinely creepy atmosphere to the events.

While the acting is a bit variable in places, it is never less than competent and there are a couple of stand-out performances, most consistently from Kathryn Merry. And, as Billy’s ghost watches his former friends speculate about what may or may not have happened five years previously, and increasingly fall out with each other, the film builds a real sense of paranoia.

This continues until about the one hour mark at which point the truth is revealed and from this point on the film really racks up the tension - so much so that it really does keep you on the edge of your seat.

With very impressive production values and a strong story, The Creek is genuinely gripping from start to finish. This is an excellent film from start to finish and well worth tracking down.

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