Sara, a video artist primarily focused on creating intimacy with lonely men, thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams after coming across a stranger’s online post. Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to drive to a remote house in the forest to spend the day with the man claiming to be a serial killer. As the day goes on, however, she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole from which she can’t escape.
Creep 2 is the sequel to 2015’s “Creep”, a cult hit among many horror fans. This film sees the return of director Patrick Brice, as well as actor and writer Mark Duplass. The story centers around another filmography looking for work only to stumble into another one of the serial killer’s traps. And I’ll say this, if you liked the first ‘Creep’ then you’re going to love this one. Also, if you saw the first movie you will instantly know what is going on and that’s what I loved most about this sequel, it gives you a good mix of the old and the new. It has to be pretty hard to make a sequel to a film that was so fun and so interesting, but director Patrick Brice pulled this off seamlessly along with the extremely talented Mark Duplass. The film starts off fantastically, and it puts you right in the feel of the first one.
Desiree Akhavan played the character of Sara with total perfection. She does not scare easily, or fall into the typical woman in horror film cliche. Most of the original Creep generated its atmosphere from the audience’s lack of knowledge about the main character and what his actual motivations were. This time we are aware of who he is and what he is about, so while eager to see what happens this time it would be hard to pull off the same magic with a completely similar plot. Luckily the creators knew this and made enough changes to the dynamic, to give a fresh feel to the setup. While they kept in most of the unease that made the first Creep great, they also actually delved more into the main character and his backstory to make him even more believable.
Creep 2 is basically about a woman who goes to a cabin where she meets Aaron, hoping this could be her big shot at making a good episode of her web series, Encounters. While there, she discovers that he is a crazy psychotic asshat. Creep 2 is awesome, the acting in the film was really good especially from Mark Duplass, who I actually never knew could play such a messed up part, I loved how unlike the first film, it took a surprisingly hilarious and creepy turn with Aaron and the photographer.
All of the performances in this film were excellent, although there are really only three actors with parts, they all played their parts extremely well. The only flaw I had with this movie was the very end, I felt it turned into an almost goofy slasher film, with characters you think are dead, resurrecting to get the last shot. Although I thought the movie was going to end in an unsatisfying way, the conclusion does have me a little bit worried for the third film since the events in this film don’t seem to be totally resolved.
One thing that made this a near-perfect sequel is the fact that it takes the craziness up a level every chance it gets. We learn very early on that nothing is off the table. They are willing to push the boundaries as far as they will possibly go. I can’t say enough good things about this film. If you get a chance, make sure you see this, it is fantastic!
Title: Creep 2
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour, 18 minutes
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Studio: The Orchard
Starring: Mark Duplass, Karan Soniel, Desiree Akhavan, Patrick Brice
MPAA Rated: NR
Directors: Patrick Brice
Reviewed by: Mike Davidson
Our Rating: 3.8 /5
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