Canadian Film Fest Creep Nation

Canadian Film Fest Review: ‘Creep Nation’

March 20, 2019Sherry Li

Creep Nation, from writer/director John Geddes, follows a young woman (Liv Collins) who, after having an affair with her married professor in Italy, hopes to come back home and stay with her brother (Adam Seybold). However, when she books an online rental and disappears, it becomes apparent something is not right.

Geddes does a great job of creating scenes that incite discomfort and fear, but the pacing at other times occasionally drags on, sometimes creating a sense of dread, but sometimes failing to. The film picks up about halfway, which quickly takes events from intriguing to horrifying. However, it sometimes moves the story along for the sake of the plot without any other reason, such as in one scene where a bedside alarm goes off, which ultimately leads to it being thrown and hidden cameras being discovered.

Collins is reminiscent of a young Julianne Moore and her presence is quickly missed on screen once things go awry, leaving plenty more questions about her character than what was shown. Using Toronto as a backdrop, the movie paints a horror that hits close to home. Creep Nation is a tense reminder of how comfortable we have become in trusting the strangers that today's technology and apps connect us to.

Creep Nation screens Wednesday, March 20th at the Canadian Film Fest. Its runtime is 1 hr. 28 min.

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