This month, The Stake is recommending some horror movies for your Halloween watching. We’re trying to find stuff you may not have already seen. You can find all of these on one of three major streaming services (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu).Creep (Netflix)
Patrick Brice’s 2014 horror movie Creep comes across as a light and fun affair. For starters, it’s a brisk 77 minutes. Anything coming in under 90 minutes just feels inconsequential. The movie stars two people, writer/director Patrick Brice, playing himself, and Mark Duplass, playing an enthusiastic, off-putting man named Josef.
The story is simple: Patrick answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day videographer gig, which takes him out to a remote mountain home occupied solely the Josef. Josef tells Patrick he’s dying of cancer and wants to record a day in his life, imparting wisdom to his yet unborn child and showing Josef when he’s still healthy and vibrant. This turns out to be…untrue. Instead, Patrick finds himself caught in an intense and unsettling relationship with a guy he barely knows.
What unfolds is a dark, sometimes comic, sometimes creepy story about obsession, fear and a very scary wolf mask. Mark Duplass gives an unhinged and maniacal performance; unsettling and magnetic and impossible to put your finger on. Brice, on the other-hand, does just enough as the straight man caught in a situation that’s just too weird to be believed. Creep is spooky, strange, unique, and really fun. And, for good measure, a very good movie. Make sure you watch it.
–Christopher Zumski Finke