Director: Patrick Brice
Writers: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass
Stars: Karan Soni, Mark Duplass, Desiree Akhavan
Plot: 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.
Running Time: 78 Minutes
IMDB Score: 6.4
Why I Watched it: I’ll be honest I wasn’t going to, I didn’t care for the first one but I heard decent reviews fro this one and it’s a very short movie and of course it’s genre.
Random Thoughts: We take sequels for granted now, heck made for streaming and made for DVD movies get sequels, movies that bombed in North America get sequels cause they did well over seas. Horror sequels get a bad wrap and for the most part it’s deserved, most of them are cut and paste from the first film. One thing about Creep 2 it’s not really a horror film as much as the first was this one is more of a thriller.
What I liked: I’ll get this out of the way, I liked Creep 2 a lot more than the first film, I darn near hated the first one, the ending was silly and I didn’t care for the film. In Creep 2 they made a thriller and they turned it into a cat and mouse game if you will. In the first film I thought Mark Duplass always had the upper hand and it was never in doubt what would happen this one you’re never really sure of either character and also it’s important to point out really this is a two hander, just Duplass and Akhavan together.
I liked that they focused on character and not plot, Duplass plays a man who says he always lies but does he I think the film is very good at pointing out he tells the truth and the reason he does is because her feels no one believes him. He says right out he’s a serial killer and what makes this film better than the first is sure this guy is insane but he’s keenly self aware. I really didn’t care for Duplass in the first one but here he comes off as a real character and he plays off Akhavan really well they have good chemistry.
The biggest improvement to the first one is this one feels like it has a script and a story to tell or more so a character to show. Duplass character is complex and to the point so is Akhavan, oddly she’s more of a mystery. Both people are off and you might say damaged but both people are unsure of the world and their place in it.
What I Didn’t Like: The one element that didn’t work for me was the whole fact that Duplass says he’s a serial killer and Akhavan isn’t sure but for us the audience we know already, we’ve seen him kill so the suspense is killed for us. It’s never good to be too far ahead of the characters, we have to wait for them to catch up. I also think they missed an opportunity to have both people killers, that would have been cool.
The film does share a flaw with the first one and that it’s very talky to the point of being a little boring and repetitive, it’s a short movie but really we don’t have a big story to tell, we follow the troupes until the crap hits the fan and the film does drag it’s feet and goes drain some of the tension and suspense out of the film.
The characters are interesting and the acting is good here but I never felt I learned anything about either character, Akhavan’s character never really shows who she really is, she mostly reacts and I wished we learned her story. Also there’s a tacked on ending that I didn’t care for and really it’s the most horror thing about the film.
Final Thoughts: I was surprised I liked it, it was a small low budget film and I liked that they did it a little differently, it’s not just the same movie with a 2 pasted on it, a decent told thriller.