Peachfuzz is back in Creep 2, the sequel to Patrick Brice’s 2014’s cult horror film that took a different spin on the found footage subgenre.
Despite the hype, I didn’t love the first Creep. I’m not a traditional horror fan to begin with. And I’ve largely been unimpressed/irritated by Hollywood’s continued attempts to make “found footage” happen in the wake of 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, a film I saw as part of that film’s original test audience. Blair Witch gave me something I hadn’t seen before and excited me, so much so that I tell people they have me to blame when I hear about how over-hyped it was. Almost everything since has felt like a knockoff.
By the time I saw the first Creep, I wanted to never see another found footage movie again. I probably wouldn’t have seen the first Creep if not for Mark Duplass, a filmmaker himself who’s made numerous films I’ve appreciated including Baghead, a no-budget horror film I like a great deal.
Creep 2, like its predecessor, is largely a two-hander starring Duplass once more (though this time using the alias Aaron, the name of Brice’s character in the first film) and newcomer Desiree Akhavan as Sara.
Like Aaron in the original movie, Sara accepts an unusual and potentially deadly assignment to be “Aaron’s” videographer for a mysterious documentary.
This time, however, Aaron is less coy and tells her five minutes after meeting her that he’s a serial killer and wants her to document his story after he’s lost his passion for killing due to feeling “a bit mid-lifey.”
Sara, of course, doesn’t believe his story but hides a knife in her boot just in case because she’s not a total idiot. But she continues anyway because of her ambition.
It’s really Akhavan’s Sara that makes this film superior to the first because she’s not the sucker or easy mark that Brice’s Aaron was in Creep.
She develops a far more complicated and interesting relationship with her subject and the fact that Aaron can’t seem to rattle her might indicate that she’s a worthy foil for him. That unique dynamic between the two is this film’s greatest strength.
While the audience comes into this one with some knowledge of what Aaron’s game is and what he’s capable of, Sara feels almost more the agent of unpredictability this time around. Just how far is she willing to go to achieve her goals?
Creep 2 is available on VOD on October 24th.