Creep Release Date: 28 January 2005 (UK) Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller Director(s): Christopher Smith Writer(s): Christopher Smith Staring: Franka Potente, Sean Harris, Vas Blackwood The general consensus around the net is that Creep is good, but far from great. And that right there sums up my feelings on the movie. Creep certainly has […]

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Creep
Release Date: 28 January 2005 (UK)
Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Director(s): Christopher Smith
Writer(s): Christopher Smith
Staring: Franka Potente, Sean Harris, Vas Blackwood

The general consensus around the net is that Creep is good, but far from great.

And that right there sums up my feelings on the movie.

Creep certainly has a nifty premise. Co-produced by people out of England and Germany, Creep is an atmospheric and well-budgeted slasher that has a novel concept behind it; a deformed killer in a subway after dark. It’s something that’s really never been done before, and if done right, could’ve been quite the doozy. Unfortunately for director Christopher Smith, the script that he churned out for this one is full of holes and lacks a truly capable lead.

It’s not entirely the beautiful Franka Potente’s fault for failing to really connect with her Kate character. Before she gets trapped in the locked down subway, Kate is shown to be an uncompassionate bitch whose happiness that night comes from the fact that she’s on her way to have sex with a star of some sort. All that bitchiness is forgotten once she’s trapped in the subway, as she suddenly teams up with derelicts without much complaining. I’m not saying that Potente should’ve made Kate a country girl with a heart of gold. I’m simply saying that if you’re going to have a bitchy character, have those bitchy elements of her character present throughout at least half of the movie.

*Slight spoilers in the next paragraph*

The characterization of the main character isn’t the only thing that’s off in Creep. For one, there’s a nicely directed sequence towards the beginning of the second act where Kate boards an empty subway train. On the opposite end of the platform someone else enters. We all think it’s the killer, but it turns out to be a friend of hers who proceeds to try and have his way with her. Now how in the hell does it make sense for him to be inside the subway when the movie’s whole basis is that she’s locked in the subway after it’s been locked up for the night?

*End spoilers*

And the killer, a human beast who apparently lives underground with access to hospital supplies, is nothing much to get excited about. While his kills are satisfying, he’s shown way too often. The tension that the film had in its first half nearly vanished once he was put on screen.

Speaking of tension, that’s what the film has going for it during the first half. Christopher Smith isn’t that much of a writer, but he knows how to take fairly common stuff and create art. That, the fun and bloody kill scenes, and the two homeless characters (who I dare say should’ve been the main characters here with Kate getting killed off partway through) are what make Creep more than watchable despite its flaws.

Could’ve been fantastic with a drastic rewrite, but alas, it’s merely above average.
DVD: A dry commentary track with writer/director Christopher Smith, a thirty-minute behind the scenes featurette, and then another half hour of various effects, production design, etc.

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