Horror Review: Creep (2004)

Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who’s being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city’s streets.

Throughout the noughties English Horror films had something of a revival and we were treated to some real great films.

I still remember going to my local Blockbusters Video store (remember those?!) and seeing the cover for this film, it really intrigued me with its simplicity, so much so that I decided to rent the film. I also remember buying myself a pack of beers and a pizza, a treat to myself that I could rarely afford, come to think of it I still can’t really.

This film does bring back good memories from a simpler time, a time when movies actually meant something to people and weren’t seen as a throwaway media like it is today unfortunately, though I’m try not to view it through rose tinted glasses. But enough about my reminiscing you’re not interested in any of that haha.

To me this movie was one of those films where for some reason it just went under the radar and I never understood why, I saw films around the same time that whilst familiar in plot and character were not as good yet received more critical acclaim and fan fare whilst being nowhere near as good this feature.

Writer and director Christopher Smith managed to create more than just your average claustrophobic subterranean Horror, it has some great unexpected twists throughout and is truly tension filled due to it’s great cinematography. Everything in this film just seems to fall into place perfectly, not bad for Smith’s debut feature.

“Creep” is a great gem of a film that I like to often revisit, if you haven’t seen it then I urge you to seek it out and give it a chance.

If you want to see the “Creep” trailer then just click on the video below:

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

Sean Harris is a method actor and didn’t socialize with anyone throughout the shoot.

Kelly Scott didn’t see Sean Harris in full make-up as Craig until their first scene together. As a result, many of Scott’s reactions of fear and confusion were genuine.

When they were filming Franka running through a tube train, the cameraman behind her ran straight into one of the posts on the train.

It took seven hours a day to transform Sean Harris into Craig and three hours to remove all the make-up at the end of a day’s shooting.

The Charing Cross station where a large part of the movie was set is actually a disused platform on the Jubilee Line. It was closed in 1999 but is often used by film and television makers requiring a modern Underground station location.

Franka Potente dubbed her own voice in the German Version.

Franka Potente was writer/director Christopher Smith’s first and only choice to play Kate.

They bought six yellow dresses for Franka, each one had a varying degree of dirtiness because her dress got more grubby throughout the film.

The villain, Craig was named after the director Chris Smith’s friend, Craig Fackrell who played a homeless guy by the cash machine in the film.

Titles that didn’t make it: “Runt”, “Cellar Dweller”, “Horunder”, “Here Kitty Kitty”, “One Track Mind” and “Piccadilly Nightmare”.

In the scene with Jimmy and Kate on one of the trains, there’s a dead guy (the train driver) lying on the floor. If you look closely you see he has a moustache. It was actually added on later using CGI so he wasn’t confused with the previously killed security supervisor.

Advertising posters showing a bloody hand sliding down a London Underground train window were banned from the Underground as being in bad taste, even though scenes had been filmed with permission in disused stations on the Underground. Producer Julie Baines found this “highly amusing” and “a bit ludicrous”, noting that the film is “not based on real events – if it is, we are all in trouble.” The ban was later removed, although not in time for the film’s British opening.

Franka Potente had to be hospitalized due to appendicitis during filming.

The party sequence was shot in a real model agency office.

The image of the bloody hand on a carriage window was allowed to be displayed in London Underground stations for the DVD release, unlike the poster for the theatrical release.

Co-producer ‘Barry Hanson’ can be seen in several black and white photographs as a doctor with Craig as a little boy.

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