31 Days of Horror: Film #8 CREEP
A cameraman named Aaron accepts a job on Craigslist (always a bad idea!) to film loner Josef for eight hours. Josef says he’s sick and is uncertain of whether he’s going to live to see his child born. He wants Aaron to record a day’s worth of life lessons and insights for his unborn child. Josef’s an odd one. Sad and too open with his thoughts and memories (especially with a man he just met), inspiring both pity and discomfort in Aaron and the viewers. Discomfort soon turns to dread, then turns to terror, as Josef comes unhinged in the late hours of the night.
Creep is a slow-burn of a horror film, one that saves its surprises for the second half, taking the story into unexpected directions. Gore hounds will be disappointed as this is an exercise in dread and masterfully sustained tension. Personally, I really liked it. Also, Creep mixes in a good bit of dark humor, inspiring laughter at the strangest of times.
The film only has two actors and is performed in a found footage/first-person style through the lens of cameraman Aaron. Josef is played by nice guy actor Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed). I like Duplass, he’s good at playing the straight guy with a bit of implied mystery, and he brings some of that to his performance here right up until Josef goes off the rails in the second half. He really goes all-out as Josef, getting ugly and weird in a fascinating way. Aaron is played by the film’s director Patrick Brice. He’s totally competent as an actor but it’s as a director that Brice shines. I believe that Creep is his feature film directorial debut. I’m hoping we see more good things from him in the future. I’m definitely paying attention.
Creep is a damn creepy movie. I really, really liked it, and I feel it accomplished everything it set out to do. It’s definitely not gonna be for everyone, but those who enjoy tense horror and can forgive a minor budget should be able to appreciate this one. The film is currently streaming on Netflix in the US.
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