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Review— Entertainment At Its Finest: Mark Duplass Revives Creep
Quick Film Info
Director: Patrick Brice.
Writer: Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass.
Date of Release: March 2014.
Genre: Found footage horror.
Box Office: Video on demand and showing on Netflix.
Synopsis: Aaron is a videographer who sees a want ad on Craigslist. After being hired by Josef for one-day to make a film for his unborn child, Aaron becomes increasingly aware that something isn't right.
As the day wears on, Aaron must decide to either finish the job or leave early when Josef's behaviour becomes stranger and stranger. But can he leave?
Title: Creep 2.
Director: Patrick Brice.
Writer: Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice.
Date of Release: October 2017.
Genre: Found footage horror, with a romantic edge.
Box Office: Video on demand.
Synopsis: Sara is trying to get her big break with a YouTube series "Encounters" which involves her answering Craigslist ads from people requiring friendships and connections. After answering an ad from a man called Aaron, who will pay a large sum for a videographer for a one-day job, he confesses he is a serial killer.
Sara doesn't believe him. But as the day continues into nightfall, she begins to wonder whether perhaps he is telling the truth. Will this be the big break she is looking for or has she bitten off more than she can handle?
Creep 2014 Trailer
Creep 2 Trailer 2017
My Thoughts on the First Creep
In the original Creep, Josef gets introduced as someone looking for a videographer to film him as his wife is pregnant and he has a large brain tumour. Even though we barely see Aaron,the angles of the footage and the scenes it records always lets you know what is being felt by the cameraman. Patrick Brice (who plays Aaron and is also the director) does a marvellous job of steering the found footage element to arouse fear, astonishment or pure bewilderment through the lens.
Over the course of the film, it's the small details that lead you down a path of skepticism. The odd behaviour and the information dripped and dropped by Josef and the casual appearance of a wolf mask called Peachfuzz make you wonder whether his brain tumour is causing all the fuss or whether it's something more sinister.
Mark Duplass plays the role of Josef with such finesse and depth, that its easy to think Josef is just an eccentric who acts weird because he is dying.
There is tension in contemplating whether Aaron is in danger or not and it’s nail bitingly delicious. Through the use of comedic scenes coupled with trips into the woods and Josef's constant self-confessed 'humorous' scare attempts, the increasingly erratic behaviour brings us no where closer to figuring out the puzzle.
I felt the first movie was amazing, unique and perfectly timed to give maximum atmosphere. Holding back the big picture until the end of the film delivers satisfaction that is rarely felt in slow burn movies.
I think my favourite part of this one was the last scenes. I loved the shock value of it. I have seen this part criticised, but me, no. I can't remember the last time I sat— slack-jawed and wide-eyed as an ending played out. When the credits rolled, although by myself, I let out a whoop and smiled. Okay, I excitedly cursed...but I won't here.
I keep seeing people compare this to The Blair Witch and I can see similarities in that they both keep you guessing about the heart of the story. Both cause you to keep your eyes open wide and glued to the screen. They are completely different and unique in their own ways.
The end scene of the first instalment leaves the door wide open for the sequel even though it would have been just as perfect if one was never made. I never expected a sequel to come even though it got speculated as a trilogy. I think I may have let out a squeal of excitement when I first saw the promo poster.
I worried that the sequel might ruin my previous enjoyment as some sequels often dall down, so I made sure I read nothing and didn't watch any trailers before committing myself to watching it.
I give Creep 4.5 chalk love hearts on a rock out of 5.
My Thoughts on the Second Creep
Right from the opening few seconds in the sequel, I was overcome with a sense of dread when Dave receives a package housing a DVD. This alone was enough for me to feel a sense of foreboding. I knew straight away that Dave was in real trouble. In the first movie, the DVD plays an important role in laying out the last reveal (no spoilers here) and I watched and waited as Dave goes through the motions of trying to figure out what is going on.
Seeing the film through the camera that Dave places on the table from his package automatically allows a voyeuristic set-up to watch the scene unfold. It's only when Duplass enters the scene, dressed in his signature all black clothing, I knew, even without seeing his face, something is going to happen. Dave calls him Aaron and I get some mild goosebumps.
During the film, I began to buy into Aaron's odd emergence of indifferent charm. I later learned the creators intended this by placing Sara (Desiree Akhavan) who is female in as his new videographer. Some of the sting gets taken out of Aaron's confession that he is a serial killer. I never believed he wasn't a serial killer but I also began to think that maybe, just maybe they might get married or something one day— if only for a moment. Sara's ability to match him head on in his attempts to scare her, that she is smart and the premise that she has just as much to gain from the situation as he does made me wonder. Mission accomplished Creep crew. Bravo.
Looking back after seeing the movie in its entirety, I think I loved this sequel from the very start and then all the way to the end. I can't think of a moment that caused me to feel disappointed.
Afterwards, I read an interview with Patrick Brice who not only plays the part of Aaron in the original but is the director for both films. Brice said the second film is not a horror movie. He sees it as a romantic comedy with the techniques of Michael Haneke. For those that don't know Michael Haneke, he’s famed for creating Funny Games and I began to think about some of the tiny ways in which Duplass will look into the camera and smile and instantly wanted to watch both Funny Games and then Creep 2 again. But I'm weird like that.
I have seen feedback for Creep 2 popping up here and there in my horror movie forums and so far there is nothing but praise. This is never an indicator for me of a sure thing as I usually go against the grain but in this case, it is true.
Again I loved the ending of this. I was wide-eyed in the last scenes wondering just which way things might go and whether I would be annoyed at any particular outcome. It didn't go the exact way I thought it would which deserves bonus points.
Will there be a third Creep? So far, there has been no confirmation for a third film. I want it and I am sure I am not alone. The underlying voracity of his motive is somewhat explained in the sequel and I want more. What happened to his sister, where is she? Was she really his sister? Who is Josef/Aaron? Is he really a virgin? So many awesome questions that could easily be left to my imagination forever and ever and still the two films can stand up on their own. If the creators of this can do such an awesome job twice, surely they can do it once more.
Hello, My name is Peachfuzz,
I may look like the big bad wolf, but I got the heart of a lion
And I'd like to be your friend
Hello, my name is Peachfuzz
I May look like I'll eat you up, but I got the heart of a rabbit
And I'll make a very good friend
Peachfuzz, I am here
Let's sit down and drink a beer
Peachfuzz, I am here
There's nothing to fear
Hello, Hello— Performed by Little Wings and written by Mark Duplass and Kyle Field
Little Wings - Peachfuzz Theme (The Heart Of A Lion)
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