26 February 2015

CREEP (2004)

CREEP

Working Titles:
Cellar Dweller / Here Kitty Kitty / One Track Mind / Piccadilly Nightmare / Runt

UK / Germany, 2004
Director: Christopher Smith

3/10







Have you ever been to London? Oh, it's such a wonderful city. A bit overcrowded with tourists, but apart from that, it's packed to the brim with beautiful sights, amazing attractions and super-cool places such as the uber-cool Camden markets, the beautiful Whitehall area and, of course, the Tube, probably Europe's most impressive underground system. Acclaimed British genre director Christopher Smith ("Triangle", "Severance") chose this stunning location for his debut feature "Creep" where a woman gets chased through the tunnels by a deformed and bloodthirsty maniac.

I first saw this movie in 2005 after I came back from a 10-day-holiday in London. I was enamoured of London and spent the following weeks checking out all kinds of movies that take place in this marvellous city, like "Sliding Doors", "Layer Cake" or this one. Unfortunately, as cool and fun as its premise is, "Creep" was a major letdown for me; I didn't like it at all.


Now, 10 years later, I decided to give it another chance... and unsurprisingly, I still don't like it. "Creep" is a weak, badly written, awkwardly directed flick that never exploits its full potential and ends up as frustratingly dumb gorefest that feels more like an untalented film student's failed quasi-remake of 70s classic "Death Line". The gore is solid, music and cinematography are fine, but that's it.

Franka "Lola" Potente (who is actually a great actress) is not just clearly miscast, she also gives a performance that constantly switches between non-believable and unintentionally laughable, and her character is so incredibly unlikable and stupid, you just don't care about her, especially after she tries to save the life of a man who previously tried to rape her. I so wanted to root for the bloodhungry maniac, but... well, that too didn't work out for me, since he looks like Gollum's mentally ill cousin and makes noises as if he's caught a massive cold


The pacing is way too dull, many scenes and sequenes go on for way too long, and aside from the eerie opening scene, everything that was supposed to be scary or frightening ends up either lame, boring or completely uniteresting. Even worse: "Creep" is so full of unexplained whys and unanswered questions, it's insane. [SPOILERS] Why is there a surgery room in one of the tunnels, and why has no one discovered it before? It's actually pretty easy to find *shakes head* Who is the maniac and why does he hide down there? What is his purpose? Why is he so powerful, almost superhuman? Certain people get killed, certain people get caged up - why?? What's with the jarred fetusses? Who's the doctor in the ominous black-and-white photo? Did this guy made illegal experiments with aborted fetusses? Or is he the maniac's father? What's with the homeless people in their hideout? Why hasn't the killer found them before? etc. etc. etc.

Imdb user "billsonbob" nailed it in his "100 Things I learned from Creep" post:

Not even the ending could placate me. Social commentary? Really?? Nah.
Go away "Creep", we don't want you here.

8 comments:

  1. I love Creep and I think it's a solid debut for one of the greatest directors working today lol

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    1. A terrific director indeed, but I just don't like his debut.

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  2. I agree with the Couch up there. A freaky movie that has to be appreciated for what it is.

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    1. Looks like I'm the only one that doesn't like it :-)

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  3. I'm...gonna go with the first two dudes here, I really, really, really, love Creep! It's just freaking awesome!...for us...no offense, Harry.

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    1. Holy Metro, you guys really love it, huh? :D

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    2. Atmosphere and gore, mate. It got to us!

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    3. Without sympathetic characters, most movies are pretty much worthless...

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