A year after a botched hostage negotiation with a serial killer turned deadly, ex-detective Koichi and his wife move into a new house with a deeply strange new neighbor. His old cop colleagues come calling for his help on a mysterious case, which may be related to the strange goings-on next door.
Genre maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse) taps into his skill with policier and horror films for this thriller cleverly blending domestic vulnerability and unsolved crime. Throw credibility out the window and embrace the film’s tingling sense of unease and the uncanny as the story twists and turns.
Tee hee. Not the first time I have had to watch a Kiyoshi Kurosawa two times in fairly quick succession so it could, you know, register. He is, as ever, weird in a way that precisely nobody else is weird. He visits known genre domains, but he behaves there as a singular force. His sensibility is practically extraterrestrial. He seems to see us all as sleepwalkers, and the machinery of destiny as obscure and twisted.
"Creepy" finds director Kiyoshi Kurosawa trading in several tropes - somnambulant murders, drifting jellyfish - purloined from his earlier films, as if to assure the viewer that they are in familiar territory. But what causes "Creepy" to truly linger in the mind is its sobering notion that evil, even when it is banal and pathetic, is capable of turning our closest and most trusted loved ones against us.
“Creepy” was sharply shot/photographed and its suspenseful undertones are acceptable, however, a more lucid approach was expected from Mr. Kurosawa who, at least, could have tried to camouflage the obvious a little harder. (2.5 stars)
Credit ungrudgingly granted for all of its creeping, crawling camera work, which, along with respect for Kurosawa's earlier, superior efforts kept me watching up to the point of I-may-as-well-finish-the-thing, but this is horror of a particularly lazy sort, in which everyone is, when it counts, too stupid to believe, no matter how sensible they may seem the rest of the time. Though I suppose that's not unheard of.
The once again prolific Kurosawa returns to the thriller genre that cemented his reputation with this Hitchcockian take on the neighbour from hell. Playing into such themes as identity, familial trust and madness the film is nothing if not ambitious. Unfortunately the film falters in its final quarter and certainly does not compare to the director's 90's oeuvre.