Creep – UK, 2004

Creep is a 2004 British horror film about a woman locked in overnight on the London Underground who finds herself being stalked by a hideously deformed killer living in the sewers below. The film, directed by Christopher Smith, was first shown at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival and was also featured at the London FrightFest Film Festival.

London. Midnight. Unable to find a taxi, model-agency booker Kate (Franka Potente) heads underground. Waiting for the last subway train, she dozes off … and awakens to find everyone else gone. Gripped by panic, Kate realizes she’s locked in. But she is not alone.

The storyline has been compared to the 1972 film Death Line (aka Raw Meat), also set on the London Underground and featuring a cannibalistic killer. Director Smith, who had not seen Death Line, attributes his inspiration to a scene in An American Werewolf in London set in the London Underground.

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Creep press release

Creep cheerfully wallows in its own nastiness. A deliberate throwback to the splatter movies of the 1970s and 1980s, it brings together a host of genre staples – lone woman in peril, subterranean settings, an unstoppable maniac and a variety of gruesome demises – and congeals them around an initially realistic premise.” Film 4

“As well as being decidedly pedestrian in terms of plotting, the film does have a number of flaws, mainly in the fact that its central female lead is an arrogant character for which the viewer cares little. Although Potente’s acting is competent enough, she is sadly saddled with lazy writing that reduces her survival efforts to little more than running, screaming, and falling over at inopportune moments.” Beyond Hollywood

“However, holding the film back (quite a bit mind you) is a serious lack in any type of story or characterization. Who are these people and why should we care about who they are? Who is the Creep, and once again, why should we care about who he is? This is the one area (and it’s a pretty big area to fill) where Creep is lacking.” Monsters At Play

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