CREEP

— by Jeff Schultz

Starts out creepy, ends up crap. For the first half hour, this two-character mind-game thriller is unsettling and increasingly scary. Mark Duplass, especially in the earlier scenes, keeps us guessing about just how crazy he might be. And there’s a 180° jolt about a third of the way in that kicks the movie up a notch, turning cat-and-mouse into hunter seeks prey. But then the mouse/prey starts going on fantasy riffs about his stalker (which fall just short of being homoerotic). The riffs seem contrived, and they’re made worse by the ending which takes those fantasies to their fairly ridiculous and fatal conclusion.

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