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A smart, odball take on found-footage horror, Creep is clever and well-acted enough to keep viewers on the edges of their seats.
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Duplass's fantastically unhinged performance establishes what Brice fails to convey ...
The film is remarkable, considering its minimal means and surprising lack of bloodshed, given the genre. Does it stay with you? A little.
A slow-burning found-footage suspenser with some mildly clever twists and a knockout payoff.
Funny quasi-horror pic keeps viewers guessing.
...an edge-of-your-seat chiller that does not necessarily need to overwhelm the audience's nervous system with grotesque tactics of torture to bring along the bloody chase of a detached thrill.
[Creep] simply has a few too many scenes stuffed with clichés when the general mood would have served the film much stronger.
Within its commercial framework, they're taking real chances - and 'Creep' is, in many ways, a puzzling character study in a found-footage horror movie's clothing.
Funny and scary and surprising and everything found footage horror should be.
Though lean in running time, scale, and budget, Creep demonstrates its makers' masterful resourcefulness and spirited direction.
The chilling final stretch ultimately confirms Creep's place as a better-than-average horror effort...
A remarkable two-hander, scripted (and seemingly improvised) by its stars Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass.
Creep is an exercise in the kind of unease we've all experienced.
I'm pretty far from on board with Found Footage Horror, and Creep hits a lot of the reasons why. It also seems like there was no reason it had to be Found Footage in the first place. But that all said, Mark Duplass' performance is enough to elevate the piece somewhat, and kudos to director Patrick Brice for trying something new with the format.
A great psychological and very short thriller as it captures both a man slowly going insane and how that has an impact on a normal person living with him. You could feel tension building up throughout the film. It was also pretty cool that they managed to pull it of with only 2 actors and a phone call.
Unfortunately most of the time when the tension started building up, it would be ruined by a stupid false jump scare. In the film the photographer named Aaron constantly getting scared by his friend Josef and a wolf mask annoyed me. I also wish the film would've been slightly longer being only an hour an 17 minutes long. ( It doesn't affect how much I like the film but I have never seen Josef spelled with an F.)
I always find it really funny that the main characters of these found footage films never stop filming even in situations of great danger, and this thriller is pretty efficient to extract tension from moments that can be simultaneously creepy, hilarious and uncomfortable.
I think lumping this film into the horror genre proves that some people have a liberal description of what horror is. Though, granted, some of the best horror borrows from real life. And a story of obsession, stalking and sociopathy is certainly more real and believable than an invincible monster hunting after idiotic teens. With that said, I still don't think it's as much a horror film as much as it is a suspense/thriller with some comedic moments. This is what I would definitely call a slow-burner, but I do think that it leads to a very satisfying climax. The film is well-written, but I think what does push it over the top is Mark Duplass' performance. I've always thought that this guy was a very talented comedic actor, but this film does sort of give him the chance to branch a little bit out of the comedic roles. The film is also somewhat framed as a comedy, but it never comes at the expense of telling the story of this man, Josef, who's very clearly lying about everything that he's told Aaron and you're just trying to figure out what his motivation is and whether he's sincere on some of the things he says. For example, the last scene, in the park actually has one of the funniest scenes in the entire movie, yet it also probably one of the more disturbing moments in the entire film as well. I don't think many films can handle this so deftly in two completely separate scenes, much less in the same scene. Perhaps I may have been the only one who saw it this way, but the funny part of this scene really reminded me of Looney Tunes and how Elmer Fudd would sneak up on the 'unsuspecting' Bugs Bunny. But, I digress, Mark Duplass is excellent here, with a performance that pretty much brings out the most demented in him. It would almost have to with the nature of his character. Patrick Brice is also good, but he's almost like the straight man. He's just there to react to Josef's insanity. It's pretty much obvious that this film was made on an incredible small budget. Yet, because the film is so good, you never once actually think about that. And it's not like it even looks cheaply made or anything, it's really well-made for the small amount of money that it probably cost. So good on Brice and Duplass for making it work. The film doesn't ever drag, despite being a slow-burner, because you know that there's something strange about Josef from the moment you meet him. It's not like they wait a little bit before having Josef act strangely. Just the way he talks, the way he pretty much overshares stuff with Aaron that he probably shouldn't, his incredibly physical and sometimes affectionate manner, in that he hugs Aaron a lot for no apparent reason. But it really does start off innocently enough, before the layers of Josef's real personality start to peel back. It's all very well-written honestly. It's interesting to see witness this man's sort of downward spiral into mental instability. I really liked this movie, probably even more than I did when I finished the film. It's just a really damn good movie and I'd definitely recommend it. I don't think it's gonna be everyone's cup of tea, particularly with how slow it can be, despite not being very long. But I did find the film rewarding to watch if you have the patience to stick through it. Can't complain much.
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