Crepitus is a 2018 American horror feature film directed by Haynze Whitmore (Asylum of Secrets: Chapter 1; Street Cleaner; Wade) from a screenplay co-written with Eddie and Sarah Renner. It stars Bill Moseley, Eve Mauro, Chalet Lizette Brannan, Caitlin Williams and Lance Paul.
Crepitus is a medical term to describe the grating, crackling or popping sounds and sensations experienced under the skin and joints or a crackling sensation due to the presence of air in the subcutaneous tissue. Similar to cracking your knuckles. Makes sense given the creature, Crepitus (Bill Moseley) is exactly that: a gnawing fissuring sound in the darkness beneath the unsettling house in which he dwells.
Welcome to creepy town! Where two sisters displaying carved X’s on their foreheads live and never leave. Seventeen year-old Eli (Williams) cares for and protects younger sibling, Sam (Brannan) as they exist day-to-day in a dilapidated old house with their violent alcoholic mother (Eve Mauro).
While they search for answers to the troubling sounds and invisible entity that seems to follow Sam within the creaky old abode, Eli unravels the disturbing truth that has blanketed the family for a long time. Components revolving around the disappearance of the father, outbursts that consume their mom and other eerie inklings of nastiness emerge into a torrent of taboo…all pointing to visions of Crepitus. Is he real?
The plot is strong and significant while pieces of uncomfortable memories harbour Eli’s thoughts, exposing the family of cult-like status to indulge the force that holds them hostage.
While Mauro’s sheer madness is fun to watch escalate with disgusting eating habits and frequent slaps to the girl’s faces, the real hero is obviously Bill Moseley. Crepitus comes to frightening light with each appearance and snarky smirk.
As far as downfalls go, the adorable Sam is pretentious and void of emotion. When faced with life-threatening danger, she shows as much fear as seeing a small spider scamper across the floor. Eli is a bit more seasoned, however she hits the opposite side of the spectrum as an over exaggerated brooding teen wanting to escape without a plan in place.
Crepitus is well worth a watch. Pay extra special attention to the stars that carry it across to the creepiness it is meant to instil.
Meredith Brown, HORRORPEDIA
“Crepitus is a film that you’ll want to revisit to fully understand everything. There’s clues hidden throughout, so pay attention to everything. It’s not your average sadistic clown story and that’s what makes it stand out from the rest. Eddie and Sarah Renner created something sadistically depraved, a horror fiend’s worst nightmare.” Tori Danielle, PopHorror
- Bill Moseley – Death House; The Devil’s Rejects; Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2; et al
- Eve Mauro – Zombies vs. Strippers; Osombie; Penance
- Chalet Lizette Brannan
- Caitlin Williams
- Lance Paul
- Taya Parker – Beach Massacre at Kill Devil Hills
- Darren Barcomb
- Johnny Stevenson
- Taylor Marie Williams
- Heather Schulz
Cheboygan, Michigan, USA
Additional images: PopHorror
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