Found footage films have developed a pretty bad reputation over the past decade. I think a lot of that stems from found footage films constructed in a lazy manner. I have no problem with found footage films if they establish a reason for the story to be told in that manner.

Creep, a new horror/thriller(/comedy? according to IMdb) from Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice, clocks in at a tight 77 minutes. It’s a found footage film shot from the perspective of Brice’s character, who meets up with Duplass to shoot a film for him based on an online listing. That’s enough of a justification for me to accept this as a found footage film. In fact, I don’t think the story would work if it was shot in any other way.

Creep is a decent horror movie. I’ll watch just about anything a Duplass brother makes, and a return to the horror genre following 2012’s Black Rock (which Duplass wrote with his wife Katie Aselton, and which I liked a whole lot more than this film) makes for a movie right up my alley.

The problem is that Creep too rarely delivers. There are definitely some creepy moments (hey! what an appropriate title!), especially one early on in a bathroom. There are also some cheesy jump scares in the film, most of which are super dumb (but also organic to the plot, so, that’s a plus?). I’ve watched enough horror movies to not be fazed by jump scares, but this immunity didn’t keep me from getting hit with one worse than I have been in years. YMMV.

Duplass and Brice are the only actors in the movie. I like that a lot. I also like the premise, and I like how creepy (there’s that word again!) Duplass’s character can be. But all in all, it pales in comparison to Duplass’s other work, and also in comparison to other recent horror movies.

It’s a quick flick, and it’s headed to Netflix in mid-July, which makes it an easier recommendation for people looking for something to scare them on a Friday night that’s also well-made. But as a VOD rental, or in any form you have to pay for it, Creep is not worth your time.