DI Creep 2004 (1)
2004 Running time: 85 Certificate: 18 Rating: 3
KA Creep

Synopsis

Tipsy party girl Kate (Run Lola Run's Franka Potente) misses the last Tube home and finds herself hunted by a tunnel-dwelling fiend in this grimly terrifying British horror yarn. Confidently steered by first-time director Christopher Smith and delivering more jolts than the Northern Line, it'll make sure you never miss the last train home.

Director

  • Christopher Smith

Cast

  • Franka Potente

  • Vas Blackwood

  • Sean Harris

  • Ken Campbell

Review

Once filmaker Chris Smith reveals what lurks in London's subterranean Tube tunnels after the last train leaves, it makes paying the congestion charge seem like a wise move.

Run Lola Run star Potente is Kate, a chic metropolitan fashionista with a taste for class A drugs and alarming polka dot cocktail dresses.

After leaving a party after one too many vodkas, she finds herself sharing an empty Tube train carriage with lecherous cokehead Guy (Jeremy Sheffield).

When he viciously pins her down. Kate is expecting the worst... until the would-be rapist is dragged off into the darkness by something Kate can't see.

Hurtling for help down the deserted corridors linking the tube lines, she comes across homeless crack addict Jimmy (Paul Rattray) and his girlfriend Mandy (Kelly Scott).

He agrees (after trousering £50) to lead her to the station control room... but someone's already got to the security supervisor (Morgan Jones) with a big knife.

This rattles along familiar lines with the added advantage of locating itself in a natural setting for the fainthearted - London's 400 miles of underground railways.

Dr Who's arch enemies - the Yeti - haunted the dripping Victorian tunnels and one of the most memorable scenes in An American Werewolf in London was shot down there.

Debut writer/director Christopher Smith uses the crumbling brick passages and soot-encrusted galleries to chilling effect (parts of the movie were shot in the disused Aldwych station).

Funnily enough, London Underground were quite happy to give him permission to film only to get all uppity when the film's posters began apeearing in the city's Tube stations.

Potente happily maintains the look of the scared witless but it's just a shame Smith opts for revealing the scaly stalker early rather than keeping him in the shadows.