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Running Time:
1 hour 20 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for brief violence and language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
It will tickle your funny bone and screw with your head - even as it rips your nerves to shreds.

Additional Info:
CAST:
Patrick Brice ... Aaron
Mark Duplass ... Josef



Creep

The film begins with Aaron (Patrick Brice), on his way to a mountain cabin after responding to an online ad asking for someone to spend the day filming... something. He's not sure what the job is exactly, but he's low on cash and the $1,000 pay for a day's work sounds good to him. His unease, though, is evident almost immediately as he pulls up to a long, sloping driveway, parks at the bottom and makes his way to the front door.

He knocks, no one answers. He calls, no one answers. He waits, no one arrives. He heads back to his car and, BOOM, Josef (Mark Duplass) scares him half to death, the first of many jump scares within the film's tight narrative. The jump scares are given purpose as Josef will later suggest it offers up the thought of a near-death experience, bringing out or true selves and primal instincts. We also soon learn this guy is a bit off, but first to the reason why Aaron is there.

Josef tells Aaron he has a cancerous tumor in his head and wants to make a video diary of himself for his unborn son. First stop, the bath tub, where Josef pretends to bathe a baby during "tubby time". It's the first of many awkward situations and conversations before the narrative goes down some dark corners, riffing on a few horror cliches along the way with far less comedy than you might have wished. 

Living up to the film's title, Mark Duplass puts on a smiley face for the rest of the film's duration, pops on a wolf mask he calls "Peachfuzz" as if it's a common, everyday occurrence, and tells stories that would send anyone running for the hills. But, why would Aaron even stick around? Well, like so many horror films, and found footage horror films especially, reason and wise decision making are not always to be expected. Creep does attempt to give as much reason for Aaron's behavior as it can to keep the story moving forward and it's clear several moments were meant to be considered as tongue-in-cheek, but this film won't be winning over those that have already given up on the found footage style of film-making.

Creep directed by Patrick Brice ("Baghead"), may make you wish that he had flipped the antagonist and protagonist. Nevertheless, they are already in discussions about making one or even more sequels.







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