Monday, 9 November 2015

Creep (2015)

Creep (2014 film) poster.jpg
Warning: Does not contain the similarly named Radiohead song

Director: Patrick Brice
Running Time: 82 Minutes
Starring: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass

Videographer Aaron (Patrick Brice, also director and writer) answers a Craigslist ad, requiring a one day job in a remote mountain town. The client is Josef (Mark Duplass), a man with two to three months left to live, due to a brain tumor. The job is to record a video diary, to be left for his unborn child.

The tale is set up reasonably well, with awkward hilarity used within a plot that you'd think would deliver a message about loving life. But things aren't all what they appear to be. Cracks begin forming in Josef's story, as the lies begin building up, and the proceedings become chilling. Brice effectively uses found footage, turning away from the nauseating shakey-cam to ensure the tension never lets up, while delivering a reasonable excuse for utilizing jump scares.

With his directorial debut, Patrick Brice delivers a tale that takes you off guard with awkward moments of humour, before the mounting chills and tension descend upon viewers. Available on Netflix, highly recommended.

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