Icarus Films will be teaming up with the KimStim Collection on Feb. 28 for the domestic DVD debut of auteur Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s horror thriller, Creepy.
As with some of his other films, The Cure and Pulse for example, Kurosawa doesn’t just go straight away to the horror elements, but rather builds a real world mystery that eventually takes the audience down that road.
If you had to think of an American film as a reference point to understand Kurosawa’s film craft in this area, then check out director David Fincher’s 1995 film release of Seven. In that film you had a pair of detectives investigating a twisted murder case that step-by-step turns into an absolute horror nightmare.
It’s the same with Creepy as a retired criminal psychologist by the name of Takakura (Hidetoshi Nishijima) is beset upon by not one, but two former colleagues to help them crack a “cold case.” At first he demurs, he is still suffering from the horrible events (and, if the truth be known, his own stupid decisions) that led to his retirement, but upon reflection — and the second request — he decides to take a closer look for clues.
Mistake, perhaps, but if he declined to pursue the case the movie would come to a screeching halt … and we can’t have that! Basically, the “cold case” revolves around a missing family and sure enough the family that has moved in next door begins to more and more fit the profile of those who have gone missing.
The mystery presented in Creepy slowly twists and turns its way into a nightmare as Takakura’s world turns into a real horror show.
Creepy is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.