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Creep Reviews

This shot-on-video bloodbath has an accurate title, describing both the majority of its characters and its pace. Nightmares about the murder of her mother by a masked man torment lady cop Jackie Ketchum (Patricia Paul). Her father, Police Captain David Ketchum (Tom Karr), urges her not to take out her frustrations on the job. Meanwhile, psycho killer Angus Lynch (Joel D. Wynkoop) has escaped, hooks up with sister Kascha (Kathy Willets), and the two go on a killing spree. While trying to deal with the bad dreams and her own cheating spouse, Jackie retreats to her dad's cabin in the woods. There Capt. Ketchum bushwhacks and ties her up. The father reveals that he in fact killed Mrs. Ketchum, and has arranged for Angus' bust-out so the madman could bump off Jackie before her returning memories divulge his guilt. Angus does appear, but slays the police captain instead. Jackie trails the maniac to a hotel, where she sets off explosives strapped to her body and blows them both to kingdom come. The movie's use of verite demolition footage in its final shot to represent the hotel's destruction demonstrates some low-budget chutzpah, and the climactic revelations and action are staged with more conviction than what has gone before. Otherwise this is cheap and unrewarding shock schlock, with a vain attempt to mask chintziness through lighting and editing tricks. Willets achieved brief tabloid notoriety in 1991 when, as wife of a Florida deputy, she taped sexual trysts with local officials and defended herself from charges of prostitution on the grounds of nymphomania (a case that inspired the softcore direct-to-video feature ANIMAL INSTINCTS); her casting is clearly intended to give CREEP some exploitation cachet. But the defendant/supporting actress's physical attributes and acting are, to put it kindly, uncompelling. (Graphic violence, extensive nudity, sexual situations, substance abuse, extreme profanity.)