A video artist looking for work drives to a remote house in the forest to meet a man claiming to be a serial killer. But after agreeing to spend the day with him, she soon realizes that she made a deadly mistake. – (Source)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 100% (Critics) / 69% (Audience)
MetaScore: 75 – Generally favorable reviews
Directed By: Patrick Brice
Written By: Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass
Starring: Mark Duplass, Karan Soni, Desiree Akhavan
Studio: The Orchard
I was not a fan of the first CREEP. I thought it was a meandering, incomplete mess of a film with too few moments of truly creepy horror that was kept from being completely awful by a brilliant acting performance by Mark Duplass. So I went into CREEP 2 with very low expectations and was completely bowled over by how much I liked it. CREEP 2 pulled off the difficult achievement of being a sequel that totally surpasses the original film. This sequel was more coherent, there was a focus that was missing in the first film and in addition to Duplass once again being amazing as the titular creep of the piece, he was matched in every scene by his co-star Desiree Akhavan.
Akhavan’s Sarah was a fully formed and formidable foil for Duplass’ serial killer “Aaron” (adopting the name of his victim from the first movie which was a nice touch). She was steely and focused with her own talents at manipulation and through the film it became more and more obvious that she was going to be a really cool Final Girl.
I get that people in horror movies are not going to behave normal no matter what situation they find themselves in but it is such a chore to muster up the suspension of disbelief to buy that all of Aaron’s victim’s willingly place themselves in his orbit and then willingly stay there despite how obviously deranged the guy seems.
Poor Dave…he seemed like such a nice guy.
Final Verdict: A sequel that is miles better than it’s predecessor in every way. This tight, suspenseful, funny and at times super creepy film is engaging from start to finish and I am now excited to see where Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice plan on taking this franchise in the future.