Craigslist is a bazaar of wonders for adventurous shoppers, a place where all your needs can be met by chat room hawkers. In the market for human belly button lint, or a man-sized hamster wheel, or a prison pen pal? Are you searching for the coffee table of the gods? How about live ducks for a party game? Craigslist has you covered, no matter the commodity, no matter how weird.
The site’s best, or perhaps worst, application may be developing friendships, though to hear it from Patrick Brice’s found footage flick Creep, you probably want to think twice before answering any ads seeking companionship. The film has done the festival rounds for about a year and change now, playing at events like 2014’s South by Southwest; after maintaining that extended holding pattern, the movie will make its commercial debut on iTunes at the end of the month before becoming available on Netflix in July.
In Creep, Brice plays Aaron, an affable man in need of cash who answers a Craigslist ad to document a day in the life of Josef (Mark Duplass, most recently seen in The Lazarus Effect). Josef a cancer survivor diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor; inspired by My Life, he hopes to make a video diary for his unborn son, hiring Aaron as his bewildered cameraman. Seems kosher at first, but over time Josef shows signs that he isn’t telling the full truth, and that he might not actually be who he says he is.
So, not so kosher after all. Creeo is a short enough ride – it clocks in at less than an hour and twenty minutes – but Brice and Duplass make use of every second of its running time. It’s intense, it’s deeply disturbing, often terrifying; it’s also frequently, unexpectedly hilarious. The film’s trailer highlights each of these qualities in turn, stressing the unsettling aspects through tone. Creep wants to make you laugh. It also wants to scare the hell out of you.
Whether the film should be considered a horror comedy or straight up horror is totally in the eye of the beholder, though. Check it out for yourself in just a few weeks.
Creep will be available on iTunes on June 23rd, 2015; it will be available to stream on Netflix on July 14th, 2015.