Directed by: Patrick Brice
Written by: Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice
Starring: Mark Duplass, Desiree Akhavan, Karan Soni
Reviewed by: Brad Williamson
Creep 2 is the sequel of the horror film Creep, which we reviewed here. And as it happens, discussing the nature of sequels is a good place to begin our analysis of Creep 2. Every moviegoer knows the common pitfalls here: meaningless characters, directionless plots, dispassionate filmmaking, and unsatisfying conclusions. But Creep 2 encounters none of these villains of creativity; where Creep succeeded, Creep 2 excels. It is clear with this film, if it wasn’t already before, that both Brice and Duplass have significant talent.
Creep 2 maintains some of the powerful themes from the first volume, but it copies nothing. Throughout the first half of the film, subtle action and exposition is juxtaposed with outrageous yet powerful dialogue to produce an unparalleled tone. I’ve never watched a movie that simultaneously builds tension, disgusts, surprises, and intrigues all at the same time with only two characters and camera equipment anyone with a few thousand dollars can purchase. It’s difficult not to be impressed and as the movie develops this novelty morphs into true enjoyment and curiosity.
But aside from the tone, a few of the themes, and Duplass’s acting, Creep 2 separates itself from Creep. It is both an outstanding sequel and entirely original. It asks deep questions, makes you question your allegiances, and shocks, but it avoids grisly violence and gratuitous sex, proving that you don’t need such details to make brilliant horror.
Is this one of the best horror films I’ve ever seen? No. Does it build on a previous film to give a picture of a novel, realistic, and scary killer that is unique in its vision and storytelling? Yes. Will I recommend it to others? Yes. Will I watch future projects by Brice and Duplass? Certainly. Recommended.