Creep: Movie Review

There's a reason why found footage films have come and gone. At its core, the premise of it all is already pretty ridiculous. Would a normal person hold a camera when their life is actually on the line? But there's no denying that when it works and when it clicks, a found footage style can really pay off. Luckily, "Creep" is a prime example of doing things right. It's a found footage film that short, sweet, and full of surprises.
Aaron (Patrick Brice) is a videographer who answers an ad by Josef (Mark Duplass). Josef reveals that he has brain cancer and has only two months to live. He wants Aaron to record a day in his life so he can leave a video for his unborn son as a memento. As they get closer together and as the day ends, Josef's behavior becomes weirder and weirder and Aaron discovers that Josef is not who he was expecting.
"Creep" is the perfect film to waste an hour or so away. It's short enough that you feel you didn't waste your time but long enough to have fully fleshed out characters that will leave you second-guessing with their intentions. It has enough mystery and intrigue that it has surprises in tow even with its brisk pace. It does help that the film has only two characters throughout its run time. The mildly-innocent and good-hearted Aaron and the unpredictable and creepy Josef bolstered by great acting especially from Mark Duplass. The film had some issues though especially with its penchant to use for cheap jump scares that completely ruined the claustrophobic and tense-filled vibe. But what really got us with "Creep" were its last few scenes that turned the whole experience a complete 180. Overall, "Creep" was well thought out and had a lot of psychological and thrilling content for a 77-minute film.
Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- for a 77 minute film, this had a lot of depth and surprises

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- had a lot of cheap jump scares


  1. ****Spoilers below******

    Normally I'm against jumpscares too. But in this case they are very legitimate. Every jumpscare was because of Joseph jumping out at Aaron. They serve to show that Joseph was trying to dominate and terrify Aaron from the beginning while at the same time constantly apologizing for his behaviour. This back-and-forth is typical of psychopaths and the movie does a great job of putting us in Aaron's shoes.