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Looking for work, Aaron (Patrick Brice) comes across a cryptic online ad: “$1,000 for the day. Filming service. Discretion is appreciated.” Low on cash and full of naiveté, he decides to go for it. He drives to a cabin in a remote mountain town where he meets Josef (Mark Duplass), his cinematic subject for the day. Josef is sincere and the project seems heart- felt, so Aaron begins to film. But as the day goes on, it becomes clear that Josef is not who he says, and his intentions are not at all pure. The directorial debut of Patrick Brice and produced by Jason Blum (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, INSIDIOUS) and Mark Duplass (SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED), CREEP’s intense interplay between its two protagonists upends expectations at every turn.
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and creepyness..lol...just like something that could happen off of craigslist haha!
I couldn't decide whether to give it three or four stars. It is a movie that had me paying total attention thru the whole thing, so I am going to give it four. That's hard to suck me in like that these days.
This should have been in theaters this year. Why wasn't it?
Instead I had to suffer, most painfully, through tedious "one-trick-pony" trash like the The Lobster. :-/
This 2 character film has a simple set up. A young videographer gets a job to spend a day in a mountain town filming a stranger for $1000. The odd character who hired him claims to be dying of cancer, and wants to make a video diary for his unborn son. We know instantly it won’t be as simple as that, but Mark Duplass does a great job as the subject, sliding from heartbreaking to creepy to annoying to phony back to believable in the blink of an eye. Director Patrick Brice also does solid work playing the cameraman and potential victim. Brice and Duplass wrote the script together.
There are some effective twists, and some truly scary moments, although many of those are what I call 'cheap shot-jolts' -- as simple as a sudden loud noise to make us jump. There are a few moments where it seems like the story will boldly go somewhere totally unexpected (like switching who is victim and victimizer, or having the relationship between the two men become sexual) but sadly the film backs away from leaping over those edges into even more unique, brave and disturbing territory.
It also has a few deeply silly moments, where characters do things for no conceivable reason other than to help the plot along. Horror films have trafficked in those ‘don’t go in there alone!’ moments forever, but the greater intelligence to the writing and character in this film makes those tropes more annoying.
A good, fun film, and one I know I’ll enjoy seeing again. But at the same time, it had greatness in it’s grasp, and its frustrating that it gets in its own way enough to undermine that.