🎃 CREEP • 2014 • Directed by Patrick Brice • USA • Drama/Horror
🍅RT: 96% 🔶MetaCritic: 74
IN A SENTENCE: Within the expected limits of such a small film, Brice & Duplass create intimate yet expansive terror.
REVIEW: When Aaron (director Brice) answers an ad seeking a videographer for an unknown personal project, he has no idea just how demanding his client, Josef (Duplass), will become. CREEP is an extremely scaled down production that takes full advantage of the “found-footage” POV without ever indulging its worst tendencies. And in fact, this viewer would argue that it is folded right into the film’s nervous, always tentative sense of humor. Film of this scale requires better than usual acting to keep its balance, and so it is a relief to declare CREEP a film built around wonderfully realized personalities. I like to think that if the talented portion of Neil LaBute was to make a horror film, it might look something like this. Brice’s namby-pamby bleeding heart acts as perfect (if impotent) foil to Duplass’s increasingly rickety and outrageously frightening behavior. The whole thing ends up feeling like this weirdly inverted, perversely codependent buddy film. But it is Duplass that carries CREEP from teasing, effete thriller into the territory of pure horror. The film’s final sequences are at once bizarrely straightforward and surprisingly shocking, quite certain to make you place your palm on your forehead and whisper, “Holy shit.”
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