Creep 2 (2017) Review

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Creep 2 (2017) Review

Horrorific content by Ciarán Coleman on July 28th, 2021 | Movie Review | Serial Killer, Maniac, Found Footage

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It’s about a deranged and charismatic serial killer who lures videographers to their deaths. A sequel to 2014’s ‘Creep’, ‘Creep 2’ features a new protagonist and target, played by Desiree Akhavan.

Creep 2 was directed by Patrick Brice, who also starred, co-wrote and directed ‘Creep’ and stars Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhvan. Despite not housing the same originality or the scares found in the original, ‘Creep 2’ somehow manages to prove itself a worthy sequel before the end credits roll.

The Cult Sensation Returns

Creep 2 Review

The film starts similarly to the first film with Sara (Desiree Akhavan) becoming Aaron's (previously Josef) new target, after accepting an offer online to shoot a video with him for one day. Sara has a failing youtube channel called ‘Encounters’ where she interviews weird people, (who most of the time turn out to be middle-aged men who are lonely) and right off the bat, ‘Creep 2’ lets you know it’s gonna be different to its predecessor.

Unlike the protagonist in ‘Creep’, Sara is intrigued by Aaron’s weird and unnatural tendencies making the new prey/predator dynamic established extremely interesting. There’s several times you’re left wondering who’s crazier of the two; the mass murderer or the girl interested in studying him at her own peril.

Desiree Akhavan holds her own against another great performance by Mark Duplass, playing the crazy goth girl with a vibrant energy that perfectly matches Aaron’s fake,
overzealous cheeriness. She’s also unfazed by jumpscares which adds another intriguing element not found in the first film as we see Aaron’s own interest and fascination in Sara grow.

The pacing is just as well-done as ‘Creep’, with relentless unease and a short, satisfying runtime of 80 minutes. Despite the short length, quite a good bit of characterisation and growth happens between the two main characters, but considering the film only has two actors for 99% of its runtime this isn’t a massively impressive feat.

That being said, ‘Creep 2’ could have very easily followed the format established in ‘Creep’ and not many would have complained but, thankfully it didn’t and we received a far better film because of it. The chemistry between Duplass and Akhavan is also undeniably brilliant which makes all of their interactions far more engaging and simultaneously, creepy.

Overall, ‘Creep 2’ is a brilliant sequel that many will find just as good as the original, if not better. Personally, No.1 still comes out on top for me, just for its sheer tension and originality but ‘Creep 2’ is still an excellent follow up that reaches the same heights as the original.

Worth Watching?

Definitely. I’d recommend watching ‘Creep’ first and if you like that film you’re more than likely going to like this one too.

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