Creeper (2014) – By Kyle Hytonen

Set in the seedy underbelly of city life, the featurette Creeper tells a depraved and unsettling story from three distinct perspectives. From the outset of the film, Creeper lets you know that it will be a dark and macabre ride. Numerous nameless women are seen bound and gagged just moments before being raped and murdered even before the opening credits roll. The men who commit these acts are not associated with each other, and the film begins to introduce each character wallowing in their own debauchery.

The unfortunate thing about Creeper is that for nearly half of the film’s 50 minute run time it seems to meander around this threadbare plot line. Men meet women, women die a bloody death. The film follows these men, who each harbor dark tendencies. Eddie (Bloody F Mess) a nefarious cab driver with a penchant for attacking his female passengers is introduced first. His greasy looks and wild eyes seem to be a dead giveaway, but women still find themselves caught in his web. Dale (Kurk Kasparian) is homeless, and although he still feels remorse for his actions, he still finds himself waking up in a drunken stupor covered in someone else’s blood.

The film does begin to align itself back on the tracks when we are introduced to the third and final man, Oliver (Levi Anderson). Oliver is an odd nebbish who seems to be almost non-existent at his office job. Under the mundane of this facade is his horrific dark side. Oliver has his attack scheme down to a science; he drugs his female victims, molests them and slowly tortures them. One night he meets a drunken Maggie (Chloe Rosenthal) at a local bar, a perfect victim if there ever was one. Oliver takes her home under the pretense she will fall to his trap, but Oliver ends up falling for Maggie. Oliver lets Maggie go and the two soon form a relationship together. This sequence, as well as the performances from Anderson and Rosenthal was a much needed breath of life into what could have been an otherwise cookie-cutter rendition of torture porn. A deft plot twist in this relationship and the connection with Eddie and Dale also provide a very welcome spot in the film’s climax.

Although the film took a while to get going, it did succeed in being a step above other films of its ilk. Writer/director Ron Huffstutter lays on some very creepy imagery in the film, and also holds back no punches in getting to the core of what makes these men do what they do. Creeper is an unnerving experience, but a refreshing one by the end. For more information on the film and where to check it out take a moment to visit http://creeper.tunnel13films.com