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Creep 2 is a 2017 American found footage horror film directed by Patrick Brice and written by Brice and Mark Duplass. It stars Mark Duplass, Desiree Akhavan and Karan Soni. It is the sequel to the 2014 film Creep. Jason Blum is serving as a producer through his Blumhouse Productions banner.
The film had its world premiere at the Sitges Film Festival on October 6, 2017. It was released on October 24, 2017, by The Orchard. Brice confirmed that there will be a sequel, currently known as Creep 3.
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Dave (Karan Soni) receives a package at his home, opening it to find a stuffed wolf and DVD titled "Watch Me", which shows unsettling shots of the inside of his house filmed by someone whistling a cheerful tune. Josef (Mark Duplass), who is now going by the name Aaron, knocks on the door. Dave greets him as a friend and they discuss the disturbing video. While Dave is in the kitchen, Aaron gestures and grins toward the stuffed wolf.
Aaron tells Dave that he greatly values their friendship, but then reveals that it was he who has been sending Dave the series of disturbing packages, and has put a camera inside the stuffed wolf. Dave grows increasingly wary as Aaron admits he is a serial killer but that he has been doubting his purpose, before slashing Dave's throat with a knife, and cradles him as he dies.
Sara (Desiree Akhavan) is a college student working as a videographer, in addition to working on her passion project: a YouTube series entitled "Encounters." In the show, Sara tapes strangers she meets through odd friendship requests on Craigslist. Frustrated with the series' low traffic, she plans to end the show with a finale. She finds a request from Aaron, who offers to pay $1,000 to a videographer willing to document him for an entire day.
Sara drives to his home, where Aaron invites her in to explain his proposition. Almost immediately, he reveals to Sara that he's a serial killer, and wishes for her to film a short documentary on his life and his 39 kills. He offers her 24-hour protection from being his next victim and a "window into his soul." Although nervous, Sara accepts. Aaron then shows Sara a video of his "favorite" murder (the ending of the original Creep) and his wolf mask. He strips nude in front of her to "tear down any barriers between them," which Sara does as well. Sara briefly locks herself in the bathroom to vlog about her uncertainties, but doubting that Aaron is truly a serial killer, decides to continue after hiding a knife in her boot. After exiting the bathroom Aaron attempts to scare Sara, but she doesn't react. Instead, she asks Aaron about a small patch of hair missing on his beard.
Aaron then takes Sara into the nearby woods but becomes angry that the river he scouted for the taping of his interview has dropped to the height of a small creek. After being further agitated, Aaron leaves to take a break; Sara finds him lying face down on the ground, growling.
Later, Sara reveals to the camera that Aaron has grown depressed since the failed shoot, shutting himself in his Jacuzzi room. Sara forces her way in. He opens up about his past, discussing his first violent experience at the age of 15 when he was picked up after a concert and taken into the woods by a man to dig his own grave. He recalls turning the tides on the man, strangling him to death and burying him, then lying naked with the body during the night in ecstasy. Aaron claims the reason why he has a hairless patch on his beard is that he acquired that trait from the man he had killed, and has done the same with every victim. Sara comments on his tenseness and emotion, and massages his shoulders while embracing him before going to take a shower. Aaron looks through her camera footage and records himself contemplating murdering her. Aaron enters Sara's room where she is showering but, just before he pulls the curtain back, Sara scares him.
Sara scares Aaron again as the two play a game of hide-and-seek in the woods. Feeling content with his life, Aaron asks Sara to help him commit suicide to complete the documentary. Aaron dons the wolf mask and encourages Sara to cut off his head with his axe, but she refuses. He then jumps off his staircase wearing a noose, and Sara pulls him down.
Traumatized, Sara prepares to leave, but Aaron tells her it was a prank and thanks to her for being his friend, convincing her to stay. Afterward, Sara suggests they play "Two Lies and a Truth," during which Aaron reveals himself to be a virgin after spending his teenage and young adult life in mental institutions and working in an elderly home. Sara gives him his first kiss. Aaron encourages her to stay the night and shoot the "real" finale, leading her into the woods once again. He gifts Sara a locket with pictures of himself and another man inside (the real Aaron from the first film).
He brings Sara to a grave he had dug earlier in the day. Aaron has stolen Sara's knife, but instead of attacking her, stabs himself in the gut multiple times and insists that she do the same so they can die together. She tries to run, but Aaron chases her. After a scuffle, he stabs Sara off camera. He drags her to the grave and begins a monologue toward the camera. While his back is turned, Sara crawls out and grabs a nearby shovel, sneaks up behind Aaron, and clubs him in the head, apparently killing him.
An undisclosed amount of time later, Sara is followed by an unknown figure videotaping her around New York City whistling the same tune from the beginning.
- Mark Duplass as Josef/Aaron
- Desiree Akhavan as Sara
- Karan Soni as Dave
- Patrick Brice as Old Aaron
- Caveh Zahedi as Randy
- Kyle Field as Wade
- Jeff Man as Alex
In March 2014, it was announced Duplass had plans on making the film into a trilogy, with RADiUS-TWC producing and distributing the films and production taking place later in the year. In February 2015, Duplass stated production hadn't begun due to scheduling issues. In August 2016, Duplass began trying on costumes for the film. That same month, Brice confirmed the sequel was moving forward.
It had its world premiere at the Sitges Film Festival on October 6, 2017. The film was released through video on demand on October 24, 2017. It was released through Netflix on December 23, 2017.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 100% based on 22 reviews, with an average rating of 7.52/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 75 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Kimberley Elizabeth of Nightmare on Film Street called the film "hypnotically unsettling", giving the film a 4/4 rating. Mike Sprague of JoBlo.com said the film was "just as unsettling and entertaining as the original" awarding it an 8/10 rating.
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