Welcome to Willits
Horror / Sci-Fi
Welcome to Willits
Horror / Sci-Fi
Deep in the Northern California woods, in the heart of the notorious Emerald Triangle, lies a remote cabin. The residents struggle to fight off the repeated attacks and abductions by mysterious creatures that have plagued them for years. When a local pot farmer is caught up with a wayward group of campers the situation quickly escalates into total carnage.
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You picked the wrong place to start a family
Dolph Lundgren plays a character you see on TV and is not part of the main plot. A group of young adults and a stoner (Rory Culkin) named Possum (he dropped the "O") camp out in the Emerald Triangle, Northern California known for its pot growers. (Filmed in Louisiana.) Nearby Brock (Bill Sage) and Peggy (Sabina Gadecki) make their own meth using a special formula that allows them to see inter-dimensional alien invaders who they hunt and set traps.
When the two groups come together, things don't go well for the unarmed campers.
The movie had plenty of killing and blood, including cut up body parts. It was more comedy/maybe dark comedy than sheer horror. The drug crazed characters and their ideas are what carried the tale. Kudos to Rory Culkin who plays a stoned Pauly Shore. There were some clever misspoken lines like, "Why do it wrong once when you can right twice." Guide: F-word. Sex. No nudity.
Charming, Gory, And Mildly Entertaining
With bad acting, fun B-movie gore and special effects, and some ridiculously bad writing, this film is admittedly not good but still can provide some entertainment. While I enjoyed the gore which is clearly a portrayal of classic 70's/80's slasher films, non-gore scenes were too painfully bad in spots to make this a good movie. Basically a group of young adults camp near a marijuana farm in Northern California, and they soon get caught in a calamity of aliens and murderous meth addicts. The story is unique and I definitely liked the premise, but it had too many flaws to really blow me away.
Like I said, I enjoyed the gore and the unique premise, most of the rest of the film was pretty bad. Acting was terrible all around with the exception of one of the actors. The scenes in between the gore/action/kills was also painful to watch, with poorly written dialogue, and scenes of conversations that I found boring and felt like skipping to get to the kills. Some of the plot-lines were also totally un-needed, one in particular is so out there I almost laughed. But with that said, I still enjoyed the majority of the film.
I would recommend it if you have nothing better to watch.
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Pretty Sure Everyone is Missing the Snark
More than anything, the film is a commentary on the area (Willits, or just Northern CA in general). Perhaps there's something extra in the film for those of us familiar with that area, but seeing some of the less than glowing reviews below I'm pretty sure that everyone is just missing the snark. The film is incredibly well written and directed, and contains a fair bit of wry, intellectual humor and wit hidden by the gory, overwrought plot. This is why it gets 10 stars out of me. I don't even like horror (but I do like aliens), but I kept incredulously laughing through the whole thing because of sub-commentary that runs through it.