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A young videographer answers an online ad for a one-day job in a remote town to record the last messages of a dying man. When he notices the man's odd behavior, he starts to question his intentions.

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Patrick Brice

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Patrick Brice (story), Mark Duplass (story)
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Credited cast:
Patrick Brice ... Aaron
Mark Duplass ... Josef
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Storyline

When a videographer answers an advert of the website Craigslist for a one-day job in a remote mountain town to video the last messages of a dying man. The job takes a strange turn when the last messages get darker and darker. The videographer continues to see the job through, but when it is time to leave he is unable to find his keys, and when he receives a strange phone call he finds his client is not at all what he initially seemed to be.

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Rated R for brief violence and language. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peachfuzz See more »

Filming Locations:

Crestline, California, USA

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Trivia

Since the movie was based on a series of conversations between Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass, most of it was improvised. This led to a lot of scenes being shot, and as a result, the footage was screened in front of their peers. This eventually pushed the psychological black comedy into a psychological horror film after taking the advice of their friends. There is also footage of at least three other alternate endings. See more »

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When Josef cuts Aaron's hair while he's asleep, we only see Josef's arms and he has dark hairy arms. However, the actor, Mark Duplass, doesn't have dark hairy arms. See more »

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Josef: I love wolves. because they love deeply, but they don't know how to express it, and they're often very violent and, quite frankly, murder the things that they love, and inside of the wolf is this beautiful heart. And yeah it's misguided, and yeah occasionally it murders things. and this little wolf was so cute, it reminded me of you, honestly, You know, that moment I scared you in the woods. and it was - There was murder in your eyes, but it was like, it was baby murder, you're not ready to ...
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Peachfuzz, you say? Been nice knowing you pal (**backs away slowly to the door**).
24 July 2015 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Cash-strapped videographer Aaron (played by the film's director Patrick Brice) is offered $1000 for a day of filming, discretion appreciated. Travelling to a remote property in the mountains, Aaron meets his client Josef, who explains his requirements: as a cancer sufferer, Josef would like to create a video diary for his unborn son (who he has already named Buddy), and would like Aaron to document his every move during the day.

Things start off strangely, Josef immediately stripping off to share a bath with an imaginary Buddy, but his behaviour becomes even more erratic and suspicious as the day goes on, with some particularly strange stuff involving a wolf mask. Having already accepted payment for the day, Aaron takes things in his stride, but alarm bells really start ringing when the time comes for him to go home and he cannot find his car keys…

I'm not the biggest fan of found footage horror, but was surprised to find myself drawn in by the unusual nature of Creep's antagonist Josef, who is, without a doubt, a very disturbing (and disturbed) individual. Although it's obvious from the outset that he's full of crap, blatantly lying about his illness, his bizarre behaviour and the mystery surrounding his real motives kept me watching.

What a shame, then, that the film fails to live up to its early promise, any hope for a truly demented denouement dashed as Josef is revealed to be nothing more than your average common or garden obsessive homicidal nut-job.

Aaron's actions throughout the film also undermine its effectiveness: I could get past the dubious notion that he would accept a job without any prior details, but his decision making skills thereafter prove increasingly questionable, the character failing to react in a logical fashion (only one call to the police, even with all that evidence—gimme a break!). There are also numerous scenes that will have the viewer questioning why Aaron would continue filming given the situation (a common complaint about found footage films).

An over reliance on very silly jump scares (one of Josef's strange traits is to hide from Aaron and then jump out on him) soon gets tiresome, and a daft ending where Aaron makes one last really, really, really bad decision is the final nail in the coffin.


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