Creep 2 is the sequel to the sleeper hit Creep. Creep 2 picks up the story of the “Peachfuzz killer,” as he takes out another ad for a videographer. Sara, an up and coming video artist answers his ad and upon their initial meeting he confesses to her that he’s a serial killer. Sara doesn’t believe him but decides to stay and film him anyway, hoping it’ll be interesting enough to bring attention to her art. By the end of their day together she laments answering that ad when she realizes she’s made a big mistake.
Creep 2 is similar to the first film in tone, but it doesn’t really have the same slow burn as the first. In this movie we learn more about Peachfuzz, from his past and his motivations for what he does. Yet he still manages to keep the same mysterious persona even as he reveals details about himself that may or may not be true. From the start of the film, Peachfuzz is going through a sort of midlife crisis, hes killed thirty-nine people so far and after his 39th kill he feels unfulfilled and believes that he needs to do something spectacular for his 40th kill. This causes him to have internal conflicts that bubble to the surface of his usually hard to read behavior when interacting with Sara. Contrary to the first movie where he was disarmingly friendly, he’s erratic and sets off multiple red flags causing Sara to arm herself for protection.
Unlike with his previous friendship with Aaron, Peachfuzz bonds more with Sara as she displays some of the same eccentric behavior that he does. Tactics that he’d used to toy with Aaron, and most likely victims before him were fairly ineffective on Sara. Everything he’d do to try and throw her off or cause her unease, she’d respond in kind. This lead to an interesting dynamic as its still obvious that Sara doesn’t believe him about being a serial killer, but we can see that Peachfuzz is achieving some sort of calm as the day goes on. This ultimately leads to him deciding that his 40th kill will be himself, as he attempts various suicide attempts, culminating in Sara deciding she’d had enough. As with Aaron in the first film, Peachfuzz manages to expertly manipulate her back to him and letting her guard down. Peachfuzz attempts yet another suicide attempt, this one causing Sara to realize he’s been telling her the truth about who he is this entire time. Following this final attempt, Sara is wounded but manages to escape.
Creep 2 follows its predecessors formula and improves on it. Although the plot remains roughly the same, he characters are still intriguing and engaging. I like the development they’ve given to Peachfuzz, he went from being this quirky, mysterious weirdo, to a more complex villain with internal struggles that still leave you questioning his actions. Is he genuinely trying to find someone to be his companion or is this just how he gets close to his victims? Overall I enjoyed this movie and can’t wait for the third title in the series.