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'Creep': A Funny, Strange and Scary Good Time

Brett Nichols

Posted on October 10, 2020 01:44

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A review for the 2014 horror film 'Creep.'

After a while of looking through what was good on Netflix, I came across this movie called Creep. Where I wouldn't feel very inclined to watch a film with that title, I had heard prior that this movie is not your average scare-fest. The movie, while still keeping the thrills of a conventional horror movie (more on the serial killer vibe as opposed to supernatural), it incorporates comedic aspects that make the film's existence feel so ... wrong. But the weird thing about it is that the strangeness of its nature makes it even funnier to watch. 

The movie begins with a guy holding a camera that comes across an ad on Craigslist that a guy needs a videographer to film him for 24 hours straight–who just also happens a big fan of the film Interview With A Vampire. The camera guy, short on cash, reluctantly takes the gig. However, once he meets his client, things begin to get strange fast. The relationship between the two characters is just bizarre and hilarious, but there is always a looming sense of dread between them in the pit of the stomach as the story develops.

This strange combination of feelings is definitely thanks to the performance of the leading "creep" himself, Mark Duplass. His performance is disturbing and captivating as the strangest subject a dude with a video camera could ever wish for. At one moment he comes off simply as a pitiable guy who needs a friend ... and a hug, the next, it feels like he's getting ready to go Hannibal Lecter and use somebody's face as a mask.

The movie is almost entirely from the perspective of the videographer. If it wasn't obvious enough, it is a found footage film through and through. The film keeps you intimately (I use that word in all its meanings) close to all the wonderous oddity and horror from a first-person perspective.

This movie is genuinely one that keeps you trying to figure out what happens next. As goofy as it feels at times, it is actually the goofiness that makes the more disturbing nature of the film shine the most. I personally wondered if the movie was going to end like a buddy cop movie or The Blair Witch Project. For those of you that do not know, those movies are completely different in both style and endings!

So for those of you who are looking for a movie that makes you not sure if you should laugh, scream or cry by the end (maybe a little bit of all of the above) I would definitely recommend Creep to your list.

I will note a trigger warning: the discussion of someone who raped a woman is within the movie, so if that subject matter is too much for you, you may want to skip this one.

If you've seen the film, feel free to share your thoughts down below!

Brett Nichols

Posted on October 10, 2020 01:44

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