Patrick Brice's Creep is a lean and effective little horror film, anchored down by Mark Duplass' weirdness & Brice's well-paced direction. It never lingers and always surprises.
Patrick Brice‘s Creep is a disturbingly effective little horror flick, almost skipping the press entirely to settle for a quiet Netflix release, much like the film’s restrained, yet bizarre lead played by indie darling Mark Duplass with an effective amount of weird charm and frightening fiction. Brice’s The Overnight may be getting all of the theatrical screens, but Creep is a far leaner and more powerful machine, defining the filmmaker’s talents and resourcefulness.
Aaron (Patrick Brice) shoots videos on his camera for a living. He answers what appears to be an innocent Craigslist ad from a man named Josef (Mark Duplass) who is looking for somebody to film him.
Josef has been diagnosed with terminally ill cancer and he simply wants to make a film for his unborn child to watch and learn about his father long after he’s gone.
Or at least that’s what writer/director/star Patrick Brice wants his audience to think when watching his latest low-budget indie flick Creep, starring Mark Duplass as the weird and possibly dangerous Josef.
Yes, Creep is yet another found-footage horror film, only this time it’s done up right from start to finish. Patrick Brice has created something special here and something that most genre fans are going to consider a surprising little treat.
Creep works so well because of how simple it’s set up. Almost instantly Brice sets up the film with the most basic of approaches. The film only stars two men and not much back story is given about either, which makes the film all the more engaging.
Slowly Brice unravels the bizarreness between both men, hinting at something that is resting just beneath the surface.
He uses the found-footage style to his advantage, capturing eerie hallways and darkly lit streets with just the right amount of believable suspense.
The film never wastes a breath, keeping things air-tight for a majority of the film’s brisk running time.
Brice also manages to throw in a few big surprises that weren’t spoiled in the film’s mostly accurate trailer, which is something that most will appreciate in a day and age where clips and trailers all but reveal films at wholesale.
Let’s talk about charming and funny Mark Duplass playing the twisted and perhaps misunderstood Josef with such impressive potency. Duplass’ performance alone is worth checking out the film, because if anything he steps completely out of his comfort zone and delivers one of his best performances yet.
Those not familiar with Duplass might simply see him as just another oddball, but fans really are going to appreciate just how entertaining Duplass can be, even if he’s acting like a complete creeper.
There’s a certain charm about him that still rings true, almost keeping the entire film feeling like it could end up being one big misunderstanding, but Brice knows better not to trick his fans and he ends Creep on a good note, reassuring all those that think it’ll be just another boring Netflix film.
2015 hasn’t been great for horror, aside from …In the Dark and It Follows, but that’s all sort of changed with the release of Creep. Not only is it a good, well-made horror film, but it’s also a perfect example of how to correctly use the found-footage approach to make a film better and much scarier in ways that a traditional camera might not have been able to capture.
Creep is a lean and effective horror film that’s more than worth your time and money. Netflix users are lucky to be able to stream this one at their leisure, while others will want to seek this one out immediately.