The Guest of Creep Creepy McCreeperson

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Creep

 

Creep (2014) – Rated R

When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems.”

“I got a really weird sense of humor, man. I’m really sorry about that.”

Creep is quite creepy. There is not much action and the film is basically about just the two main characters. If you like a slow burn thriller then this will fit the bill. Acting is quite good as it needs to be with (essentially) only two characters. Not only are Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass the only actors but they are the writers as well and Patrick Brice directed. Ofttimes it seems as though the two are just having a lot of fun but they do get the creep factor right and the movie is only an hour and seventeen minutes.

The Guest

The Guest (2014) – Rated R

A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.”

I really enjoyed the home invasion horror romp You’re Next. It was directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett. It had plenty of suspense, gore, and humor so I was really looking forward to what these two would do next.

They did portions of the first two V/H/S movies. While I lauded the idea behind them, I thought the films were ridiculously uneven and, ultimately, forgettable. The next full film that the pair did was The Guest.

Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett now have a wonderful formula. It is not unlike M. Night Shyamalan in that you are waiting for the shoe to drop, i.e. the twist. The difference is that instead of being at the end of the film, Barrett’s twists are at the end of the first act.

The Guest and You’re Next are both horror/thriller movie setups that we have seen before. You’re Next is home invasion a la The Strangers while The Guest is the mysterious stranger type of film. The twist is that in each case, someone is not at all who they appear to be.┬áThe Guest is every bit as fresh, in spite of the setup, and delightful as You’re Next. There is a high level of violence in both films as is appropriate for their plots.

Acting is quite good. The female lead is Anna Peterson, played by new scream queen Maika Monroe (It Follows). Here, while quite good, she doesn’t have to carry the movie but also doesn’t have as much opportunity to shine as in It Follows. Perennial nice guy Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey’s Matthew Crawley) does a fabulous job as the creepy titular guest, David.

The rest of the cast is just fine. Leland Orser (Taken) and Sheila Kelley (L.A. Law) play Anna’s parents and Brendan Meyer, her brother. Tabatha Shaun is notable as her best friend. Lance Reddick lends some heft in the final act, even if his character makes a series of questionable calls.

The Guest is VERY highly recommended and I am very much looking forward to what this talented duo attempts next.

 

 

New Netflix Streaming Releases for Mid-July

Here’s a fair assortment for a mid-month dump. I look forward to Human Planet as all the other BBC Earth series I have seen have been exemplary.

Action & Adventure: The Physician

Comedy: Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour, Goodbye to All That

Lost Soul

Documentary: 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, Joanna, A Year in Champagne, Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau

Drama: An Act of War, The Comedian, Karla, An Amish Murder, Carnal Innocence

Faith: Pastor Brown

Foreign: Vandal

Creep

Horror: Creep, From the Dark, The Unwanted

Human Planet

Television: Carita de Angel, El Chavo Animado, El Internado, Rebelde, XH Derbez, Bad Ink, The Bible Rules, Bible Secrets Revealed, God Guns & Automobiles, Human Planet, Human Planet: Behind the Lens, MonsterQuest, WWII from Space, and new episodes of H20: Mermaid Adventures, The Killer Speaks, Preachers’ Daughters, Storage Wars: Texas, and America’s Book of Secrets

Thriller: Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Christie’s Revenge, Imaginary Friend

Creep – Christopher Smith

Creep (2004) – Rated R

“After accidentally dozing off, Kate (Franka Potente) awakens to discover that she’s missed the last train from London — and that she may be trapped in the subterranean station for the night. But little does she know that she’s got company. Set in the bowels of London’s Underground and sewer system, this creepy tale of public transportation will make you think twice about snoozing on your next commute to work.”

“I don’t think any knight in shining armor is going to come and rescue you Kate”

With the subway being such a ubiquitous part of big city life, it is no wonder that there are a brace of films set there. Perhaps the deserted subway chase scene in An American Werewolf in London inspired Christopher Smith to set his first feature film as a director and writer here. While not as polished as his later efforts, Black Death and Triangle, Creep shows a lot of Smith’s potential.

Smith does make a daring choice of having his protagonist be a rather unlikeable young lady. Kate doesn’t care about anyone but herself and treats other people very shabbily. Franka Potente plays the lead here after her engaging star turn in Run, Lola, Run and she is quite good but apparently didn’t fit in with Hollywood. She went back to Germany after the two Bourne films she did.

Sean Harris (Micheletto in The Borgias) plays the pivotal role of Craig and is not seen clearly until the halfway point of the film. He is heavily covered in makeup but does a good creep-y job just the same. Next up for Harris is the role of Fifeld in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

In spite of numerous cliches, Smith is able to make this seem fresh. Of course no subway film would be the same without the ohmigosh-the-train-almost-hit-me scene or the don’t-step-on-that-rail-or-you’ll-be-electrocuted scene so those are thrown in here (and just as quickly thrown out). The final scene is thankfully not the usual for horror films and is quite funny in a low-key way.

People Watch: Look for Vas Blackwood (Rory in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) as a maintenance worker named George.