Creep : Small Script, Big Fear

Creep (2014)

Director – Patrick Brice

Writers/Starring – Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass

Rating – R

Metascore – 74/100

Rotten Tomatoes – 95%

Genre – Horror (Found Footage), Independent

I typically don’t spring for the found footage films. In fact I find them to be flawed in their very design, i.e. if this footage was found then why is it edited so crisply? Creep couldn’t be further away from the typical handy-cam-tear-through-a-house-of-blind-corners style that our generation is so fascinated by. Creep captures a very natural and typical social event that many of us have experienced, a “blind meet-up”, and drags it in to the ninth circle of paranoia and fear. Have you ever met someone that seemed a little off, and would say things that your subconscious’ rational would not let you follow down the rabbit hole? This movie captures that experience horrifically well.

Creep follows a freelance videographer named Aaron (played by director Patrick Brice) answering a Craigslist ad that ends up being located at a private residence in a remote forest town. Josef (played by Mark Duplass, The One I Love, Safety Not Guaranteed), our videographer’s employer, explains that he is dying of terminal cancer and would like to record a day in his life for his unborn son so that he has something to remember him by. This pretense under which Aaron is lured in is something that adds actual heart to the film. There are instances where Josef speaks about his fears of death and his desire to know his son that gives us the sense he truly believes the façade he is hiding behind. Like an animal playing with its food, Josef leads Aaron on an adventurous romp through the woods for the day that ends in a very tense evening in which Josef will not allow Aaron to leave.  The brilliance of this film is its limited plot, tense pacing, and stark (yet satisfying) ending.

Brice, for his credit, delivers a believable performance, while directing, particularly the paranoia his character and we seem to be perpetually feeling. Conversely, through the clever use of being off screen, Duplass offers a twisted and chilling soliloquy of sorts that reveals the core of Josef’s disfigured creativity in making his camouflage. The tension created by their interactions early on in the film produces a lasting unsettled feeling that distinguishes it as a true horror. If you’ve seen any of his other films you know that Duplass plays a charismatic and often charmingly quirky character. What surprised me about Creep (and intensified my fear) is that Duplass does not leave his charm at the door of this film, but instead he embraces it. There are times when he actually draws you in to enjoy Josef’s odd personality. However, his odd sensibilities prove to be a veneer covering something truly sinister.

Creep doesn’t have particularly deep plot, but its lack of depth doesn’t hurt it, rather, the lack of complexity in the tale further unveils the genius of Duplass as a sociopath and his ability to set an incredibly terrifying tone in this simplistic film. At 82 minutes, it’s certainly worth your time.

This movie is on Netflix so check it out!

TLDR – Two guys got together and made a simply terrifying film.  Good writing. Good acting.  Truly CREEPy.

499 rating – 7.9 / 10

Authors : Jesse Ingram, Blake Burrough

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