Thursday, July 30, 2015

CREEP (aka Peachfuzz) (2014)

Creep Peachfuzz Movie Review 

Aaron (Patrick Brice), an independent videographer, answers a Craigslist ad to film a cancer victim's (Mark Duplass) message to his unborn child. Once he gets there Aaron finds Josef, the man who hired him, is not quite who he expected. This movie, also directed by Brice and co-written by Brice and Duplass, combines elements of horror and comedy to varying degrees, but the real strength of the film is the real feel of it. It takes a given we are all aware of--that you never know who is on the other end of the Craigslist ad--and amps it up with a character who is both psychotic as well as compassionate (though I personally would have left once I heard the first part of my job was following Josef to the bathroom to film him taking a bath). The film also throws in a twist or two, and at one point actually does a decent job of making you wonder which one is really the antagonist. There are some shortcomings to this film. The sheer stupidity of Aaron is unquestionable. Yes, I know at some point in the film it is made clear he needs the money, but I find it difficult to believe anybody would experience many of the things he did and continue on with the job. I would have also enjoyed it more had they built the Josef character with a bit more subtlety--instead, we found out almost instantly that he's nuts.

The appearance of Peachfuzz doesn't help 

Brice and Duplass have an obvious chemistry on the screen, and as writers they throw in enough twists and turns to keep you interested. The final five minutes of the movie are really intense and interesting, and at just 82 minutes, it is just the right length for this sort of film. As found footage movies go, this one sails a bit higher than most. 

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7

Creep Peachfuzz Movie Trailer

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