Creep ( 2014 ) – Film Review

Creep ( 2014 ) - Film Review

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 Plot

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.




  1. I’ve seen this movie a few days ago and i have to say it was something different. It had great potential to be FF classic and first kind of this movies that you could labelled as psychological thriller. In this regard it reminded me a little of Home Movie, not sure why πŸ˜‰

    Mark Duplass created one of the best role probably in history of found footage movies. He is absolutely amazing and his acting was top notch. Unfortunately, at the end of the movie i couldn’t be ok with lack of logic in Aaron’s actions πŸ˜‰ Overall, still really good indie gem.

    • Hi Marek,
      Yeah, without hitting any spoiler alerts – you KNEW that ending was coming!!!
      Apart from that one downside it’s an awesome film – original and brave πŸ™‚

  2. I find turning ‘pop-up blocker’ to ON in IE’s TOOLS makes the ads and malware get blocked. I’ll give Creep a go, then!

    • Hi there Modji,
      Yeah a browser’s tools manage to block some of the ads but these little malware sods always get by. I just use a free version of Avast to block any problems. A quick sweep with Malware Bytes every week and you’re good to go πŸ™‚
      Enjoy the film!

  3. This is truly a little masterpiece, brilliant cast and great execution (no pun intended). I just can’t believe how spoiled we are with great FF movies these days, People .They just keep popping up like there’s no tomorrow. Also noticed it got the highest rating I’ve ever seen for a FF on Rotten Tomatoes.

    • Yeah you’re right on the money there John – I loved this film from start to finish ( well there’s one drawback near the end of the film but I can ignore that! )

  4. Really enjoyed this one, too!
    I wasn’t sure exactly where it was going to start to begin with, but there was this underlying fear of tension and what would happen next. This is something I think FF movies tend to manage the best. I thought this would be some generic movie. The general plot seemed to be what a lot of other movies are about, you know someone meets a stranger and they turn out to be much more, and ends up turning violent.

    But this had so much more to it, the story took such a weird and interesting turn. Hope they definitely make more Creep films, has huge potential. You know a movie is good also when two actors are able to keep it entertaining the entire way through.

    • Hi Brandon,
      Yeah, I also found this one really interesting – great performances by the two actors throughout πŸ™‚

  5. I loved it so much! Still baffled how they shot that moment in the park(you know which one im talking about) like how?! It was so brilliantly well done I cant figure it out and I think that is what made this movie so great.

    • Hey Logan!
      Yeah I know the scene – pretty brutal and well shot wasn’t it πŸ™‚
      I liked this movie a lot as well – ticked all the boxes for me!

  6. Great movie, great casting and a amazing found-footage idea. Only the ending is so-so. But overall i would definitely recommend this movie to any Horror Fan. When you kinda had seen all the good movie and get excited when you find a 2 star rated movie, this is a movie that you will definitely enjoy.

    • Hi there Francis,
      Nice to hear from another fan of the movie – glad you felt the same way about it as I did πŸ™‚

  7. Love this one too!!! Can’t wait for Creep 2 and 3 to come out. (You know Duplass is making a trilogy?). Heard that will be a different creep than Duplass though. Hope they stick to the found footage style with the sequels since did so well with this one.

    • I heard something about a trilogy yes, but I’m also unsure about the genre they are fitting it in – I hope they don’t go down the Blair Witch: Book of Shadows route!!!!

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