Creep (2004)
By: J.R. McNamara on January 13, 2006  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Paramount (Australia). Region 4, PAL. 2.35:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 5.1. 81 minutes
The Movie
Director: Christopher Smith
Starring:Franka Potente, Vas Blackwood, Ken Campbell, Jeremy Sheffield
Screenplay: Christopher Smith
Country: UK
There is a lot of talk about horror fans being sick and tired of remakes, and homages, and films that don't take their subject matter seriously. A lot of fans call for a throwback style to the movies of the seventies and eighties, the Texas Chainsaws, The Last Houses, the original Friday the 13ths and their ilk. The movies that a lot of us grew up loving and that had enough notoriety so that when younger fans of the genre got introduced to horror, they too went back and enjoyed these glorious, gory-ous tales of terror. Every time a new director comes onto the scene we all hope that he is the next big thing who will put the horror back into horror, but a lot of the time we end up disappointed. First time writer/director Christopher Smith's feature Creep is an excellent film that throws back to those days of gore, carnage, but most importantly…solid storytelling. This is a solid British horror film, which is enjoyable from start to finish.

Hard nosed career girl, Kate (Franke Potente) is a young up coming type, who after a work party, misses her lift to another party, where she hopes to hook up with George Clooney and decides instead to take a tube train. While sitting waiting for the train, she dozes off, only to wake and find herself alone, and locked in the Underground station. Trapped in the subway, she encounters something that lives within the tunnels… something with her death in mind…

It is from such simple plot ideas that a weak horror movie could emerge, but in the hands of first timer Smith, it comes across as a great pseudo-slasher that really shines. The script really works as Smith has chosen to ignore the standard Hollywood horror teen stereotypes and has gone with realistic people, who speak and act in a realistic manner, with a special mention going to Sean Harris (24 Hour Party People), with his portrayal of Craig. The locations within the London Underground and the sets are spectacular and incredibly creepy. Along with all this comes some excellent lighting that really defines the difference between the worlds of ours above the ground, and what dwells beneath. The soundtrack by The Insects is another great aspect of this film that gives it such an effective atmosphere. If this is what his first horror film is like, I can't wait to see what else Christopher Smith has up his sleeve.
Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the visuals on this film are great.
The soundtrack is in Dolby 5.1, and is really atmospheric, both with the effects and the score.
Extra Features
Behind the Scenes (25 minutes 45 seconds) is an interesting look at a first time directors ideas for doing his first film. From his choice of actors to cinematographers, this Behind the Scenes actually has some substance; instead of one of those Hollywood 10 minutes advertisements for how much all the cast love each other and the director (even though there is a little bit of this as well).

Interviews (14 minutes 55 seconds) are a little superfluous as most of these small pieces were edited into the Behind The Scenes documentary.

Trailer (1 minute 45 seconds) is obviously a trailer for the movie Creep.

The Photo Gallery is just ten photos taken during the filming of Creep.
The Verdict
A great new horror film that at no time makes light of its subject. This film has great acting, a good solid script with realistic dialogue, decent gore and best of all, no teeny bopper TV Hits types. A real treat, although there a few scenes that may make our female horror fans cringe.
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