I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
The most exciting aspect of a film festival may be the chance of uncovering something special. For any critic or cinephile, there’s nothing like finding a film you have never heard of, from a filmmaker you also have never heard of, but wholeheartedly appreciate right off the bat. Patrick Brice’s CREEP was that movie for a number of South by Southwest Film Festival attendees back in 2014.
CREEP tells the story of a videographer named Aaron (Patrick Brice) who answers a Craigslist ad for a job in a remote area, but soon find that things get a little strange and eerie when he meets his client, Josef (a devilishly good Mark Duplass).
After the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise, it seems as though every movie studio has been trying to recreate the same success with a cheaply made found-footage film. However, many of them, such as APOLLO 18 (2011) and DEVIL’S DUE (2014), have failed to reach that status. Enter first-time feature director Brice (if you don’t count his film THE OVERNIGHT, which releases on June 19th).
Not since 2012’s THE CABIN IN THE WOODS have I had this much fun watching a movie of this nature. It blends a few genres together, the main ones being horror and comedy, and it works seamlessly. Brice and Duplass, who both wrote the film, managed to pull off one hell of a wicked flick, restoring faith in found-footage films.
CREEP will be available on iTunes June 23, and available to stream on Netflix July 14.
About Patrick Brice:
Patrick Brice is a 2011 graduate from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Film & Video in 2011. His thesis film MAURICE premiered at Rotterdam and went on to win the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Documentary at the Florida Film Festival. CREEP, Brice’s first feature film as director/writer/actor premiered to critical and audience acclaim at SXSW in 2014.
His second feature film THE OVERNIGHT debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and is being released theatrically by The Orchard on June 19th.