My Top 20 Scares of 2020: #14

For the past 6 days I’ve shared my love of an astounding four Haunted House films, plus a spelunking screamer and a festive zombie musical.

Today we discus the second found footage horror on my list, and the only sequel (what can I say? I like standalone cinematic experiences). For a complete explanation of how I produced The List, check out the first post in the series.

My #14 scare of 2020 was:

#14. CREEP 2 (2017)

Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan in CREEP 2. I love her. (c) CREEP 2 2017.

I’ve already discussed at length why I think the first film in this franchise, CREEP (2014) is better than CREEP 2 (Oh, look! It’s a spoiler for another movie that will be coming up later in the countdown!). But CREEP 2 is still a solid flick and it offers one thing that CREEP does not: the truly fantastic Desiree Akhavan as Sara.

Directed by Patrick Brice and co-written by Brice and Mark Duplass, in a lot of ways CREEP 2 only seems to exist so Duplass can revisit an iconic character. Duplass shines as the titular creep in both films: he’s intelligent and eccentric, with a jarring combination of warmth and violence. It’s super fun to watch. CREEP 2 has plenty of flaws from a writing point of view (Duplass has admitted in interviews they struggled to write it), but the acting in this film is flawless. Akhavan is equally as compelling as Duplass. Watching them act together is a pleasure.

Here is my ode to Desiree Akhavan:

I don’t care about the psychology of serial killers, but Akhavan’s Sara makes me care. Not so much about the creep himself, but about the woman who is so desperate to understand him. Sara wants an honest, intimate moment with Aaron (Duplass) so badly that she’s willing to put herself in riskier and riskier situations to get it. Lots of horror movies have characters who do that because they’re stupid; Sara does it because she needs to believe her art matters. That sounds insane but Sara is clearly not insane. Sara’s not scared of screams and jumps; she scared of a life where her work touches not one other single soul. Sara has layers and Akhavan plays them all. She’s clever but careless, vulnerable but tough. She does more acting with just her eyes in this movie than some actors do with their entire bodies over their entire careers.

CREEP 2 is decent but Desiree Akhavan is effervescent. Go. Watch.

How Did It Score
  • How scary was it? 3/5
  • How memorable was it? 3.5/5
  • Was it a Quality film? 4/5
    • Points for the performances and the moderately clever use of found footage.
  • How about those women? 3/5
  • Total points: 13.5/20

Published by Brandy N. Carie

Playwright. Director. Producer. Feminist Takes on Horror Films.

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