By David Dent
Cherokee Creek has the distinction of having been recently withdrawn from the Amazon streaming service following complaints about graphic content. And that kind of advertising can’t hurt a movie, right?
Two masked men – Jinx and Billy Blades – kidnap a guy from a house and bundle him into the back of a car, before driving him out to the woods, But it’s all a prank, set up by the abductee’s girlfriend and bride to be, to give him a bachelor party to remember.
The kidnappers are mates, and, contrary to her wishes, the friends have brought along a couple of strippers (although she’s one to talk, it that she spends her hen night at a male stripper bar).
As if the plans for a perfect evening aren’t enough Blades has also lined up an extra from one of his movies in a bigfoot suit to give everyone the wim wams.
Trouble is that there’s a real bigfoot on the prowl – in the movie’s prologue we’ve already seen it messily despatch a couple of guys – so no-one is safe. Add in a patrol woman (initially keen to break up the bachelor party, but who spies star Mr Blades and promptly asks him to autograph her chest) and we’re all set for an evening of bumping, grinding, old school gore and bigfoot action.
So why did Amazon ban this? It’s a bit baffling really. Sure there’s some well done creature attacks and some (very) soft core sex, and the F-bomb is tossed around like its going out of fashion, but honestly it’s not that bad, and I’m sure most Amazon sleazehounds could identify something on the channel equally if not more offensive.
But Cherokee Creek is a lot of fun. There is some great comic acting on display and while it’s all very obvious, director Todd Jenkins (who also stars as Jinx) knows what he’s doing here.
The only problem with the movie is its length. At nearly two hours it could really do with some tightening up – 90 minutes is plenty here – but with some judicious editing this could go from a reasonably funny comedy horror movie to a Tromatastic gore and yucks classic.
Worth a watch though, and always great to see practical effects used over CGI on a low budget movie.