[31 Days of Horror 3] Day 29 – Creep (2014)

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Director: Patrick Brice

Cast: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice

Screenplay: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass

77 mins. Rated R for brief violence and language.

 

So take a look up there and notice the credits I’ve supplied. Now tell me how many people it took to make this film. It’s true: Patrick Brice (The Overnight) directed, he and Mark Duplass (TV’s The League, The Lazarus Effect) wrote and starred. The film is Creep, a small 2014 film that’s been received quite well. Let’s turn on the found-footage and have a watch.

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Brice plays Aaron, a videographer answering a Craigslist ad for a small one-day job with Josef (Duplass), a man dying of his terminal illness who wishes to capture a day in his life for his unborn son. As Aaron and Josef spend more time together, it’s clear that Josef is not all that he seems.

I want to describe the film further, but that’s about it. This is not a complex plot by any stretch of the imagination, and it also isn’t all that surprising of a story. It’s the genuine way the story unfolds that wins here. It also is a film with a lot of important but unnecessary dialogue, as in you don’t have to catch a lot of the dialogue but it’s pretty fun when you get what’s really going on.

The issues I had? First, the title is terrible. I would rather something more inconspicuous. Same with Duplass’s performance, which all but gives away his character. The film should be less obvious than it ends up being. The clues that are given are a bit too on the nose and it’s noticeable.

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I don’t want to get much more into it. This is an easy film to watch and a fairly short and to the point kind of movie. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t all that engaging either. It’s a nice simple little movie. I’m excited to see where they take the story for parts 2 and 3 of this supposed trilogy.

 

3/5

-Kyle A. Goethe

31 Days of Horror Part II: Day 6 – Black Rock (2012)

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Director: Katie Aselton

Cast: Katie Aselton, Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth

Screenplay: Mark Duplass

83 mins. Rated R for some strong violence, pervasive language, sexual references and brief graphic nudity.

 

Black Rock is the story of three friends out to recapture their bond in the wilderness. Abby (Katie Aselton, The Freebie), Lou (Lake Bell, In a World…, No Escape) and Sarah (Kate Bosworth, Superman Returns, 90 Minutes in Heaven) have all lost touch with each other over the years and this is their opportunity to win it back. Unfortunately, a chance encounter with an old crush in the remote island they have traveled to causes them to anger a few veteran soldiers who are now out to hunt them down. Now, the three friends must fight for their life in the harsh and unforgiving hunt.

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Black Rock was an attempt by director/star Aselton to create a realistic thriller with husband Mark Duplass (The Do-Deca-Pentathlon, Cyrus) writing. It failed in that attempt. The tone of this movie was all over the place making it extremely difficult to get engaged. The realism is lost on three forgettable and flat characters who continue to make poor choices and have little to no catharsis beyond a quick conversation to turn the tables on their attackers.

The problems with realism further as the film evolves and the production value dwindles. There is a scene later in the film where someone gets stabbed and it is clearly faked with no blood and a stick behind a person trying to trick the audience. I was not tricked.

All of these problems could be forgiven if I had fun watching it. But I didn’t. There was only one really great scene in the entire film. That’s about it.

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I didn’t particularly enjoy this film. The action takes too long to begin, the simple plot comes off too convoluted, and I wasn’t impressed by any of these characters and didn’t buy into their performances. Black Rock could’ve had me. It just lost me too early.

 

1.5/5

-Kyle A. Goethe

 

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Tammy (2014)

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Director: Ben Falcone

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates

Screenplay: Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone

97 mins. Rated R for language including sexual references.

 

Melissa McCarthy (TV’s Gilmore Girls, St. Vincent) has the acting chops for both comedy and drama, yet she chooses to write comedies that just aren’t very good. Thus is the case with Tammy, her newest effort from husband-director Ben Falcone.

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In Tammy, McCarthy plays a down-on-her-luck food server who has just lost a car and a job and now decides to just leave town with her elderly grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon, Thelma & Louise, The Big Wedding). I know, it doesn’t make much sense. Along the way, she meets Bobby (Mark Duplass, TV’s The League, Mercy) and his father Earl (Gary Cole, Pineapple Express, The Town That Dreaded Sundown) who both take a shine to ladies. Somehow. There isn’t a whole lot of chemistry, but apparently they do. They also meet up with lesbian lovers Lenore (Kathy Bates, TV’s American Horror Story, Titanic) and Susanne (Sandra Oh, TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, Rabbit Hole) who are also related to Tammy but it doesn’t seem that way. Again, I must say that it isn’t a good plot.

Essentially, this story was terrible. These characters were flat and unlikable. Melissa McCarthy isn’t funny. Susan Sarandon is disappointing. Also, the ages kind of mess with you. How is Susan Sarandon the mother of Allison Janney (TV’s The West Wing, Get On Up) who is also the mother of Melissa McCarthy? Seriously, how?

Then there is the terrible chemistry or lack thereof with Mark Duplass. I mean, c’mon, there wasn’t a single moment when I believed these two.

Let’s not forget the misuse of Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, The Boxtrolls). That’s right, she is in this movie, but look fast or you’ll miss it. The same is true with Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return).

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All in all, Ben Falcone’s absent directing of a bad screenplay between himself and wife McCarthy does nothing to make this movie anything more than a turd. Yes, I said it, a turd.

 

1.5/5

-Kyle A. Goethe

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