Creep 2

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Creep 2
Creep2Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPatrick Brice
Produced by
Written by
Based onCharacters created by
Patrick Brice
Mark Duplass
Starring
Music byJulian Wass
Cinematography
  • Patrick Brice
  • Desiree Akhavan
Edited byChristopher Donlon
Production
companies
Distributed byThe Orchard
Release date
  • October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06) (Sitges)
  • October 24, 2017 (2017-10-24) (United States)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Creep 2 is a 2017 American found footage psychological horror film directed by Patrick Brice and written by Brice and Mark Duplass. It is a sequel to Brice's 2014 film Creep, which was also written by Duplass and Brice. Duplass reprises his role from the first film as a serial killer who lures unsuspecting videographers to their deaths, with Desiree Akhavan portraying his latest target.

The film had its world premiere at the Sitges Film Festival on October 6, 2017, and was released on October 24, 2017, by The Orchard. Like its predecessor, Creep 2 was also critically acclaimed, with much praise focused on the film's writing, atmosphere, dark humor and the performances among the leads. Brice confirmed that there will be a sequel, currently known as Creep 3.[1]

Plot[edit]

A prolific serial killer, identifying as Aaron after a previous victim, finds himself dissatisfied with his killings and undergoing a midlife crisis. When his latest ad to be documented lures videographer Sara to his home, Aaron changes his approach by admitting he is a serial killer and will let her live for the next 24 hours if she records a documentary on his life. Sara, who produces an unsuccessful web series about eccentric individuals she meets through Craigslist, accepts Aaron's request, doubting his revelation and seeing the documentary as an opportunity for her series to gain attention.

Over the course of the day, Aaron struggles to intimidate Sara, who plays along with his various eccentricities. While Sara continues to doubt that Aaron is a serial killer, Aaron informs her that he intends to conclude the documentary by having her kill him. He eventually manages to horrify Sara by staging a suicide attempt, which almost causes her to leave. However, after Aaron reveals that his life was not in danger, she remains and Aaron shares intimate details about himself, culminating in the two sharing a kiss.

Aaron brings Sara outside for his intended finale to the documentary, where he shows her an open grave he dug earlier. Using a knife that he stole from Sara, Aaron stabs himself in the stomach and tells Sara that they will die together. Sara attempts to escape, but Aaron stabs her and drags her into the grave. As Aaron gives a closing monologue, he fails to notice a still-alive Sara emerging from the grave, who strikes Aaron on the back of the head with a shovel before fleeing.

Some time later, Sara is recorded by an unidentified individual whistling a tune heard in Aaron's videos. The individual whistles to get Sara's attention and Sara looks directly at the camera before it abruptly cuts away.

Cast[edit]

Additionally, Kyle Field, Caveh Zahedi, and Jeff Man portray Wade, Randy, and Alex, subjects featured in Sara's web series. Director Patrick Brice reappears in his role as Aaron (referred to in the credits as "Old Aaron") through archive footage from the first film.

Production[edit]

In March 2014, it was announced Duplass had plans on making the film into a trilogy, with RADiUS-TWC producing and distributing the films[2][3][4] and production taking place later in the year.[5] In February 2015, Duplass stated production hadn't begun due to scheduling issues.[6] In August 2016, Duplass began trying on costumes for the film.[7] That same month, Brice confirmed the sequel was moving forward.[8]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography on the film began in September 2016.[9]

Release[edit]

It had its world premiere at the Sitges Film Festival on October 6, 2017.[10] The film was released through video on demand on October 24, 2017.[11] It was released through Netflix on December 23, 2017.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 100% based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 7.55/10. The site's consensus reads, "Creep 2 has everything that made the original work and more - more laughs, more awkwardness, more unsettling terror."[13] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 75 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[14] Kimberley Elizabeth of Nightmare on Film Street called the film "hypnotically unsettling", giving the film a 4/4 rating.[15] Mike Sprague of JoBlo.com said the film was "just as unsettling and entertaining as the original" awarding it an 8/10 rating.[16]

Sequel[edit]

A third film, currently titled Creep 3, is being made, with Brice and Duplass returning as director and star respectively.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Director Confirms Creep 3 Will Round Out the Trilogy - Dread Central". Dread Central. 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  2. ^ Sneider, Jeff. "Radius-TWC Partners With Blumhouse, Duplass Brothers on 'Creep' Trilogy". The Wrap. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice Discuss Their Craigslist Nightmare 'Creep'". ScreenRant. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  4. ^ Yamato, Jen. "Radius-TWC Springs For Blumhouse-Duplass SXSW Thriller 'Creep'; Trilogy In The Works". Deadline. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "Mark Duplass Says CREEP 2 Will Shoot at the End of the Year; Aiming to Release the Entire CREEP Trilogy Next Year". Collider. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  6. ^ Taylor, Drew. "Mark Duplass on 'Lazarus Effect' and Turning Down 'Huge Movies' (EXCLUSIVE)". Moviefone. Archived from the original on February 28, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  7. ^ Barkan, Jonathan (August 16, 2016). "Mark Duplass Confirms 'Creep 2' in the Works". Bloody-Disgusting. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  8. ^ Miska, Brad (August 19, 2016). "'Creep' Director Confirms Sequel". Bloody-Disgusting. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  9. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (September 10, 2016). "Desiree Akhavan Joins 'Creep 2' As Production Begins On Blumhouse & Duplass Brothers Horror Sequel". Deadline. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "Creep 2". Sitges Film Festival. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  11. ^ Squires, John (August 30, 2017). "'Creep 2' Gets a Release Date, Plot and First Image". Bloody-Disgusting. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  12. ^ Lapin, Andrew (November 30, 2017). "What's New on Netflix: December 2017". Vulture. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "Creep 2 (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  14. ^ Creep 2, retrieved 2017-10-28
  15. ^ "[Review] Peachfuzz Delivers the Jitters in CREEP 2 | Nightmare on Film Street". Nightmare on Film Street. 2017-10-26. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  16. ^ "Creep 2 (Movie Review)". Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  17. ^ "Director Confirms Creep 3 Will Round Out the Trilogy - Dread Central". Dread Central. 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2017-10-30.

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