Creepy | Japanese thriller in which grisly crimes prove disquietingly close to home

Creepy Teruyuki Kagawa Hidetoshi Nishijima Yûko Takeuchi

Creepy Teruyuki Kagawa Hidetoshi Nishijima Yûko Takeuchi

That man isn't my father, he is a total stranger. 

An ex-police detective turned university professor, the hero of acutely unnerving Japanese crime thriller Creepy (Kurîpî: Itsuwari no rinjin) is an expert in the psychology of serial killers. Which gives us a clue that something nasty is going to turn up when he begins unofficially digging into a long-cold missing persons case, while his stay-at-home wife makes friendly overtures to their socially awkward new neighbour. Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a master of slow-build suspense, and he sinks his hooks with unobtrusive skill until he has us wriggling with unease.

Certificate 15. Runtime 130 mins. Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Creepy debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on 29 November. Available in Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) from Eureka Entertainment.

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.