It’s getting to the point where this site owes a lot of it’s success to these dodgy film streaming sites you find online. You know the one’s that throw a million ads your way and change their domain names to escape the feds?
Yeah these sites are dodgy, and full of malware, but there’s no getting away from the fact that they get hold of films that other ( more popular ) streaming sites want nothing to do with.
Thankfully, a high percentage of these throw-away films turn out to be in the Found Footage genre and I am constantly stumbling across new titles because of this.
Enter Creep – another Found Footage effort I had heard near enough nothing about until I found it in a sea of malware the other night.
So, was it any good?
Less is More
Yeah, I’m pleased to report that this was a pretty solid Found Footage effort that completely took me by surprise.
Sometimes I can judge a Found Footage effort solely on the acting qualities of the first character on-screen. I shouldn’t really do this but I literally can’t help myself every time!
But Creep only had two characters on-screen throughout the whole film ( from what I can remember! ). This allowed the filmmaker to splash out all the acting budget on a pair of pretty competent professionals who made the film what it is…
Pretty damn good!
( UPDATE – As soon as I finished writing this article I realized that both actors actually wrote and directed the film – very talented boys indeed! )
The movie starts off following a filmmaker named Aaron ( Patrick Brice ) who is in the process of driving to a new ‘job’ of sorts. He has answered an advert for $1000 on Craigslist for a short and sweet filming task and it’s too good to turn down.
When he arrives at his destination ( a cabin in the woods! ) he meets his short-term employer Josef ( Mark Duplass ). Now Josef is sort of what I’d deem as ‘a bit of a dickhead’. He’s lovable enough and you can’t help but sympathize with his situation…
But he’s the kind of guy you don’t want to get stuck in a bar talking to!
So Aaron follows the exploits of Josef throughout the day and tries his best to ‘put up’ with his employer’s rather daft actions.
But the more Aaron gets to know about Josef the more he realizes that he could be dealing with a rather disturbed individual…
The Perfect Angle
I thought Creep did and awesome job of creating a sweet and innocent angle then slowly twisting it into something sinister. I think ‘sinister’ is the key word here – it’s what makes the build so uneasy.
The choice to only use two actors was an extremely wise one – they were both likable and interesting throughout.
There was no need for any shaky cam syndrome or green and black of night vision. This Found Footage effort relied solely on the talents of the actors and what they could bring to the screen.
I thought this was an excellent addition to the Found Footage genre but there was one drawback. The film is sort of split into two location segments – I don’t want to go into any ‘spoiler alert’ details but I’m not sure this was the wisest move.
The first segment of the film was the longest and it completely outshone the second part. It was creepy, atmospheric and gripping.
The second segment ( i.e. the climax ) was also pretty cool but it failed to hit the heights of the first one. This didn’t exactly ruin the film but it did leave food for thought overall.
Both performances were well above standard for the Found Footage genre. I thought Mark Duplass was exceptional as the disturbed and twisted Josef.
They ( Duplass & Brice ) worked seamlessly together in each and every scene. They were both very believable and fit their characters perfectly. The flow of conversation and gradual development of both their relationships feels totally natural and believable.
I’d definitely recommend this to any fan of Found Footage.