Like last year, I’m planning on watching 31 horror movies in the month of October. Unlike other people doing this annual challenge, I won’t necessarily be watching one a day. There are too many non-horror films coming out this month to skip, I’m looking at you Blade Runner 2049, so I’m just going to make sure I see 31 before the clock strikes midnight on October 31st. So, I ended up checking out Creep on Netflix as part of the challenge and I was pleasantly surprised.
Creep doesn’t entirely make sense as a title, but the film works really well
Aaron (Patrick Brice) is a videographer who answers a Craigslist ad from Josef (Mark Duplass) for a one-day job. Almost instantly, Aaron begins to regret taking this job as Josef explains he wants him to follow Josef around as he makes a diary for his future son as he may not be around.
This film is a found footage style, which often immediately makes me dislike a film. Usually this choice doesn’t pay-off and the film would be better shot more traditionally. Yet, Brice really makes the most of the format. Obviously the premise works very well with the format, but it is used so effectively there isn’t a glaring scene that doesn’t make sense. Each shot makes perfect sense to the premise of the film, which can’t be said about most other found footage films with the exception of the Blair Witch Project.
Mark Duplass was fantastic in his role. While I like to avoid spoilers, his character seems the likely one to be the villain given the premise and the horror movie label. Thus, I’ll move on with the idea that you figured it out. There are only two cast members in the film so really, it should have been obvious. That said, despite knowing he would become a bad guy at some point, he manages to still bring something likable to this odd character.
The film seems to be predictable, but it’s not and rewards the patient viewer. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it until the last few scenes. It really pays off at the end of the film. Creep earns the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.