In 2014, Mark Duplass and Director Patrick Brice gave us the now cult hit, Creep. The premise was simple enough, a man ( or creep, rather) puts an ad on Craigslist asking for a videographer for a one-day job. The videographer answers the ad and films the man, who happens to be a sociopathic serial killer. The film was an overlooked gem, that transformed into a successful horror franchise due to the ever-growing popularity of Netflix.
Three years later, the appropriately titled sequel Creep 2 is not only better than its predecessor, it actually makes the first film better. This time, we dig a little deeper into the psyche of the creep (Duplass), who calls himself Aaron as opposed to the name Josef in the first movie. If you remember correctly, Aaron was the name of the guy from the first movie that the creep kills. Coincidence? I think not.
After an opening sequence that brilliantly sets the tone, Creep 2 follows an online video artist, Sara (Desiree Akhavan) who is searching for a documentary subject that will make her failing online series “Encounters,” connect with a larger audience. Of course, right before throwing in the towel, Sara sees an online ad for a videographer who is also a fan of Interview with a Vampire.
I mean, who wouldn’t go?
Needless to say, Creep 2 was a total blast throughout its brisk 81-minute runtime. The film wastes no time jumping into the story, immediately immersing the audience back into this strange, yet believable world where a man can murder someone in broad daylight with a wolf mask on. The great thing about the Creep films is that there are only two or three characters in the entire story, making the characters brilliantly fleshed out, while simultaneously having the audience care for them, even if they are insane.
Mark Duplass owns the role of the Creep, completely transforming himself into whatever lies he spues at the camera from scene to scene. It’s no secret that Duplass is one of the more talented individuals working in the film industry today. The actor, who also co-wrote the story, relishes every ounce of screen-time, making for a nuanced performance that says so much while never being overbearing as a character that very well could’ve been a disaster in a lesser actors hands.
Desiree Akhavan is a superb, going toe-toe with Duplass in the more psychological scenes, while also developing a rather unorthodox relationship with the self-proclaimed serial killer. The two of them carry 97% of the story, turning this sequel into more of a character study than slasher horror flick. That’s not to say Creep 2 doesn’t have its fair share of scary moments, it certainly does.The difference here is that when these moments do happen, as ridiculous as they are, you genuinely don’t expect it. The dark comedic undertone balances seamlessly with these scares, having them play out both memorable and hilarious.
I can’t say much about Creep 2 when it comes to plot, as the surprises and twists are what elevates this horror sequel a cut above the norm. I will say that towards the end of the third act, the story can feel repetitive and even falls into some of the genre cliches that the audience can see a mile away. However, if you are looking for a fun, gory, insane and entertaining gem to watch this Haloween season, then stop what you’re doing right now, and go watch Creep 2.