Horror-locker Movie Review: Creep 2

Creep 2 is a movie predicated on the idea that you liked the first film. If you did then you will find the good in this oddball horror indie that really goes off the deep end this time around. The first Creep was just dipping its toes into the water and Creep 2 is a full blown cannonball into the depths. Much like The Joker, Mark Duplass’ character is front and center again but with a different identity further muddying what is and isn’t true about his past. One thing however is very evident, he is a murderous psychopath who thrives on the pursuit of his victims. At least he’s trying to be…

Providing a similar vibe of uncomfortable comedic moments, Creep 2 is about a lonely serial killer who has lost his motivation for killing. The one thing that used to provide him with inspiration and fulfillment is now something of a burden. Despite his proclivity for killing he is, much like many people turning the big 4-0, finding himself in a mid-life crisis. To overcome this he sends out his usual craigslist ad asking for a videographer to record a day in his life. This time however his killer ways are anything but hidden as he outright proclaims himself a murderer of 39 people and counting. He hopes that with the help of an outsider who won’t judge his lifestyle he can regain his love of life snuffing. What he encounters in the stranger-for-hire is a person seemingly willing to go to any length to capture the true nature of this odd human being claiming to be prolific in his murderous endeavors. It quickly becomes a game of psycho chicken and the first to blink may find themselves at the end of a rope, literally.

While not heavily reliant on the more physically horrific moments that come with killing someone, Creep 2 is more focused on the psychological aspect of unstable individuals coming together in a cosmically unsound clash of brutal conga line. Of the two main characters in this film, only one may kill people but the other is just as off kilter as the other and it’s a lot of demented fun to watch them interact.

Mark Duplass returns recapturing the creepy nature of his mysterious character and adds to him another level of uncertainty every step of the way. His greatest characteristic is the randomness of his actions and why he chooses to act the way he does. Unfortunately it would seem he has no discernible reasoning behind his pouting, his moments of rage or why he can switch instantly into a loving, affectionate human being. Honestly his more tender moments are the creepiest of all.

Much like the first, Creep 2 is low budget horror but in many ways thrives because of it. This is an absurd character study of the macabre and somehow finding the humor in it all. Rather than a beginning and end this is merely a window, a glimpse into a man’s life who just happens to murder lots and lots of people! Fun huh?! Yay! Give it a chance after you watch the first of course. This is a franchise that proves good horror comes in all sizes and doesn’t need all the gore and bad acting that often comes with it. Horror is just as viable of a genre as drama or comedy and it feels like finally its day in the sun is finally here. Horror is a powerhouse and the cynics have no choice now but to pay attention. Let’s hope Creep 3 continues the tradition.

Rated TV-MA For: brief violence, language, and graphic nudity
Runtime: 78 minutes
After Credits Scene: No
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Starring: Mark Duplass, Desiree Akhavan, Karan Soni
Directed By: Patrick Brice

Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 3.5/ Acting: 4/ Directing: 3.5/ Visuals: 3.5
OVERALL: 4 Nerdskulls

Buy to Own: Yes

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