"Let me out"
Falling asleep in a London Tube station waiting for a train
to take her to another party, Kate (Potente) awakes to find the station
deserted and completely locked up. As a train pulls into the station, she
thinks that she is safe and on her way, when it suddenly comes to a grinding
halt. With no sign of the driver, she starts looking for someone to help
her and runs into Guy (Sheffield), who followed her from the party she had
just left. Drunk, he becomes a bit too amorous but just as he is about to
go too far, he is dragged off Kate and pulled under the train, screaming
for his life.
UK horror films have seen a bit of a resurgence with cult
successes of 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Dog Soldiers' but can 'Creep' keep
the momentum going? The answer is a definite no!
'Creep' sees a return to the rot that was setting into the
UK horror scene. The movie is a giant leap backwards in terms of plot, character
and scares. While hits like 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Dog Soldiers' took
an established genre (Zombies and Werewolves) and gave then it a very British
spin, 'Creep' tries to reinvent the mutant killer but just ends up been
drenched in cliché.
Back story, character development and scares are completely
substandard, making the movie a complete mess, and not even a bloody one.
The situation is contrived, the setting isn't scary enough (too much light)
and the killer just looks cheap and not a creep. We never find out a real
reason for his killing spree, other than he is the result of an experiment
that went wrong and he witness a lot of grizzly killings as he grew up.
The character design is also extremely poor, making him look like a 'rat
boy' who wanders around making stupid noises that make rats follow him around.
The standard of the acting doesn't help either. Much of this
can be blamed on the awful script that is riddled with appalling dialogue,
but that doesn't excuse the performances of the actors. Chief amongst these
is leading actress Franka Potente, which is surprising as she is a very
good actress, as anyone who as seen 'Run Lola Run' or 'The Bourne Identity'
will tell you. It seems like she is on autopilot, running on a low battery
and can't be bothered to make any effort in the slightest. The same can
be said about the rest of the cast who make amateur dramatics look good.
'Creep' is simply awful. Co-Funded and distributed by the
UK Film Council, which is the organisation that allocates UK Lottery Funds
to movies; this proves that they need to employ a much better script read
before the start investing money given by the British Public.