Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
On the eve of one potential horror franchise from Jason Blum, the producer has just inked a deal for yet another. Creep, produced by Blumhouse and co-written and co-starring Mark Duplass, has just been picked up by Radius/The Weinstein Company with an eye on creating a trilogy. The film premiered at South by Southwest 2014 to solid buzz. It follows a filmmaker who answers a mysterious online ad, only to have his expectations completely shattered. Patrick Brice co-stars, co-wrote and directs.
Looking for work, Aaron (Patrick Brice) comes across a cryptic online ad: “$1,000 for the day. Filming service. Discretion is appreciated.”
Low on cash and full of naiveté he drives to a cabin in a remote mountain town where he meets Josef (Mark Duplass), his cinematic subject for the day. Josef is sincere and the project seems heartfelt, so Aaron begins to film. But as the day goes on, it becomes clear that Josef may not be who he says.
Brice’s directorial debut, and produced by Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity”, “Insidious”) and Mark Duplass (“Safety Not Guaranteed”), “CREEP”’s intense and chilling interplay between its two protagonists shows from the start that this film is not what it seems.
That makes the film sound like one where avoiding spoilers is a must, though, saying this film can become a trilogy at all is sort of a spoiler in itself. This quote from the co-presidents of Radius adds to the mysterious nature of the project:
We jumped at the opportunity to work with Mark again and Jason’s involvement was icing on the cake. “Creep” is wry and unnerving with a shock ending that one has come to expect from Blumhouse. The film played through the roof at SXSW and it was abundantly clear that audiences have a huge appetite for these characters.
The “again,” refers to Duplass’ The One I Love, which Russ reviewed at Sundance. That’ll be released by Radius/The Weinstein Company on August 15.
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