Going into this film, I didn’t know what to expect. I had heard mixed things about it, and Netflix said I would give it one star. Boy, am I glad I decided to ignore that rating and watch Creep. It’s one of the most unique contemporary horror films I’ve experienced.
Creep is directed by Patrick Brice (who also stars) and co-stars Mark Duplass. Aaron (Brice) answers an ad from a man named Josef (Duplass) to basically create a video diary for him. You see, Josef is dying from cancer and wants his unborn son to know who his father was. Sounds innocent and sweet, right? Well, things quickly start to become super weird, and even dangerous (and you’ll never think of the word peachfuzz in the same way again).
The acting is fantastic. Mark Duplass, in particular, shines in the role of Josef. He imbues the character with innocence, creepiness, and rage, and all of those qualities are genuine. He becomes his character.
I adored the style of the film. The tale unfolds via Aaron’s hand-held camcorder, and I loved how it made me feel like I was right there with them. Occasionally the shaky cam made me a little disoriented, but the majority of the time, this style of film making worked.
The story itself unfolds slowly, but once it does, it hits you hard. This is a legitimately creepy, unsettling film. Some aspects of the film were predictable, but for the most part, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen.
I actually had goosebumps while watching Creep. The movie does utilize jump scares (which I usually hate), but they’re used effectively and never felt cheap.
If you’re looking for an unsettling, creepy, well-acted horror film that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck, definitely give Creep a shot. It’s a unique film that effectively achieves it’s goal, and with its short run time, it’s the perfect shot of adrenaline.