DreadWorld Review: Creep (2015)

Found footage films receive copious amounts of criticism from the general horror loving public. Yours truly has even been guilty of leveling disdain at the sub-genre on a fairly regular basis. For the most part that criticism is based in fact. Often found footage films exist simply because they are cheap to make. Films that would normally be shot using traditional measures are hamstrung by people looking to increase their respective profit margins. The result is a myriad of slipshod productions highlighted by shaky camera movements and idiot characters who would rather keep filming than running for their lives.

However, when found footage is used correctly the results can be down right terrifying. Found footage films like Cannibal Holocaust, The Blair Witch Project, and Paranormal Activity have all reinvigorated the horror genre over the last 35 years. While Patrick Brices Creep may not attain the lofty levels established by those films, it certainly stands as a check mark in the column justifying the found footage sub-genre.

Aaron (Brice) is a hipster videographer who answers an add on Craigslist. He is hired by Josef (Mark Duplass) to document, what he believes is a message from Josef to his unborn son. Josef tells Aaron that he has cancer and doesn't have that much longer to live. As Aaron gets to know Josef throughout the day, the begin to bond, even becoming what they might consider friends. But not is all as it seems with Josef, and Aaron soon discovers that Josef is hiding something more sinister than he can imagine.

The genius of Creep lies solely on the capable shoulders of Duplass. Perhaps more known for his comedic chops (F/X's "The League), Duplass plays on our predilections about him to create a character that is at the same time charming and disturbing as hell. He carries the film, vacillating between crazy and lovable at the drop of a dime.

His foil, Brice is adequate, if not a little maddening. He does dip his toe into the "why is he still filming" conceit a couple of times. To his credit, Aaron does call the police at one point, so extra points for that. There's also the ridiculous decision to take a job you found on Craigslist. It's like you are asking to be murdered. Then again, hipsters are generally idiots, so I guess it fits the character profile.

Creep is a brisk film, clocking in at roughly 77 minutes. It loses some steam around the beginning of the third act and becomes a bit repetitive. But that misstep is more than rectified by the films brilliant ending. It will stick to your insides long after the films credits are done rolling.

The film is available to stream instantly on the Netflix, take some time, block out and hour and fifteen minutes or so and enjoy one of the best horror films of the year...say hello to "Peachfuzz" for me and enjoy "tubby time."

**** 1/4 stars out of *****

That's it for me. As always...thanks for reading and "Enjoy every sandwich."

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