After the last review I posted here (the dreaded Exscind) I realized I’d left the site in a bit of a negative mess – a film that bad shouldn’t be allowed to lead the blogroll for that long!
I’ve got about 20 movies to get covered on here at the moment but I deliberately picked this one today – to throw a bit of positivity back into the mix.
It’s the sequel to the rather impressive Creep (released back in 2014) – and it’s rather good…
A video artist looking for work drives to a remote house in the forest to meet a man claiming to be a serial killer. But after agreeing to spend the day with him, she soon realizes that she made a deadly mistake.
I’ve been rather fascinated by this dude ever since I found out he was the driving force behind the first movie, and he also starred in it!
Now, Creep was certainly a film that seemed to appear from out of nowhere – and do extremely well (a rating of IMDb rating of 6.4 for an indie Found Footage film is extremely rare – actually, anything over a 5 is rare for this type of release!).
It’s real beauty was the fact that we didn’t really know who Mark Duplass’s character was in the movie – and that left the audience on edge.
But we do finally get the answer to that question at the movie’s conclusion – and that’s a wrap really!
Well, there’s nowhere else to go with this story now, is there?
But writer/actor Mark Duplass had other ideas…and I’m really glad he decided to go through with them.
One of the regulars to this site (I forget who) pointed out that this could be one of the rare occasions that a sequel is actually BETTER than the original.
I tend to agree!
This film was a complete triumph in my book – Duplass managed to throw out yet another cult classic performance and the plot STILL manage’s to fill the watcher with unease.
We now know that Duplass’s character is a fucking headcase…but we’re still left wondering what he’s up to – what’s he going to do this time?
That is certainly a masterstroke – an intelligent bit of writing.
I should point out that this movie probably won’t work that well unless you have experienced the first Creep movie – the main character evolves seamlessly throughout the two.
If you haven’t watched it – quit reading this review and get on a streaming site NOW!
I could go on all day about Duplass’s outstanding performance, but this sequel actually has a secret weapon in Desiree Akhavan.
Her performance throughout this film was a near enough perfect balancing act for Duplass’s intense lead.
I don’t know whether it’s talented acting – or just sheer luck – but her timing and mannerisms were disturbingly realistic. Her character was also an interesting personality creation.
I have heard rumors that Mark Duplass has actually penned a third film in the series – this was apparently always going to be a trilogy.
Now, I don’t know whether there’s any truth behind this, but I sincerely hope there is another installment.
Intelligent, bold and at times humorous – this series really is a shining light in the Found Footage genre (especially when you compare it to the absolute shit that this genre has produced recently!).
Much like the first film – a complete triumph!