Official Selection, Seattle International Film Festival 2014
“A tiny movie whose uniqueness feels positively seismic” – Drew Taylor, INDIEWIRE
When Aaron (Patrick Brice) stumbles upon an online ad promising $1000 for a day of “film service”, the well-meaning and broke videographer hops into his car and drives to a remote vacation home, no questions asked. It’s the perfect horror film set-up, really, but once there, he is greeted by Josef (Mark Duplass), a heartfelt if intensely forthcoming and offbeat kind of guy, who explains he is dying of cancer. The deal is simple: Josef wants Aaron to document a day of his life, so that he can leave a record for his unborn son to remember him by. It all sounds sincere and innocuous enough — all Aaron has to do is follow Josef around for a day. They get right to it, as a matter of fact, and immediately, Aaron gets a hint that Josef might not exactly be the most emotionally stable guy. But he’s a dying man, right? If a little creepy by anyone’s standards, it’s not enough to be worried about… is it?
At the risk of ruining many of CREEP’s surprises, let’s leave it at that. Suffice to say that this unlikely collaboration between director Patrick Brice, producer Jason Blum (INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY) and the ubiquitous co-writer/co-producer Mark Duplass (BAGHEAD, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, also in this year's THE ONE I LOVE) is unlike any horror film you’ll see this year, a major film event on the tiniest of budgets and a shockingly effective genre hybrid, riding on two excellent performances from newcomer Brice and the always excellent Duplass. Conceived, and largely improvised, by the two leads, this comedic spin on the found-footage horror film is built around a simple, million-dollar idea and a flawless, spot-on execution that manages to revitalize not only the tired sub-genre but the horror comedy as well, never missing a beat and driving, steadfast, towards a brutal payoff. Indeed, CREEP unfolds with the rare, breezy efficiency of a one-two punch to the gut, an elaborate game that constantly subverts expectations, keeping you on the edge of your seat with expertly timed twists and turns. As laugh-out-loud funny as it is unnerving, and as airtight and devilishly smart as it gets, it is simply the kind of debut feature that will have every aspiring filmmaker in the room green out with envy. We wish we could tell you more, really… With two sequels already in the works, now is the time to discover CREEP!
— Ariel Esteban Cayer