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PLOT: A videographer answers an ad for a job, but the job and the client aren’t exactly what they seemed.

You may know Mark Duplass as Pete, the least interesting character from The League. Or maybe you know him as one of the Duplass Brothers, a couple of pioneers in the “mumblecore” movement. In Creep, he’s basically the title character.

Creep is a thoroughly satisfying 90-minute movie. Duplass plays Josef, a man that hires videographer Aaron for a personal project. The project, inspired by the Michael Keaton movie My Life, is to document Josef’s life for his unborn son before he dies of cancer. Spoiler: in case the title Creep didn’t give it away, that’s not exactly what is going on here.

Mark Duplass is really good in this movie, playing an unhinged man that isn’t above miming bathing his unborn son in a bath while a guy videotapes or just outright stalking some dude he met one time. As this is a movie that only has two characters, a lot of it rests on his shoulders and he’s quite good in this.

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It’s a pretty bloodless movie, but there’s some violence, especially towards the end. It’s more about the slow build of events taking place than showing a whole bunch of blood.

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Gore Rating: 0 out of 5

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This movie dials up the creepiness factor to 11. Duplass’ Josef is whacked all the way out and whether he’s hugging the videographer when they first meet or recounting a disturbing encounter with his “wife” and a wolf mask, Josef lives up to the title of the movie. He’s a creep, through-and-through and it’s the very realistic circumstances of this movie that is the most unnerving thing about it.

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Scare Rating: 4 out of 5

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Unless you count a partial man ass, there’s not much here. It’s just two dudes hanging out for the first half of the movie and then one of those dudes scaring the shit out of the other one for the second half.

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Sex/Nudity Rating: 1 out of 5

Overall

I was surprised at how much I liked this movie. I’m usually not one that goes for that found footage aesthetic, but it never felt all that contrived. Mark Duplass plays the unhinged guy well and he does enough to creep me out enough. I wouldn’t say I was scared, but it kind of gives you something to think about before you reach out to someone online that you’ve never met before.

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Overall Rating: 7 out of 10

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