is a young guy starting work in the sewers beneath London.
Showing him the ropes is Arthur, an older man with more than
20 years experience of the labyrinth. When Arthur discovers
a new passageway, they investigate, only to be viscously attacked
by an unseen assailant. Switch to Kate, a young woman at a
party who plans that night to swoop on George Clooney with
a friend. When she learns that her friend has already left,
she hails a taxi to Charring Cross tube station. The last
train is due in a few minutes, but she falls asleep and wakes
to discover the train has left and she is alone. Not only
that; she can't exit the station, because she's locked in.
Someone else is close-by, and turns out to be a man from the
party with designs on her. However, when he himself is killed
Kate and the surviving sewer worker, George, are suddenly
running for their lives...
keep changing my opinion about this film. First time writer-directors
usually produce either something wonderfully original or plain
trash. But this is something in-between. Breaking the format
down, the Creep character is like a cross between Gollum and
and Jason Vorhees. It's not very frightening (or maybe I've
just become hardened to horror films), although a few people
reacted differently when I first saw this on the big screen.
Much more eerie is the idea of being locked in at an underground
station overnight. Having said that, I'm certain I would feel
differently if a creature emerged from the tunnels and wanted
to perform a twisted surgery on me!
This surgery comes from the background that the Creep (actually
called Craig) was one of many child test subjects (possibly
for deformities) experimented on by a discredited doctor.
The area was abandoned and the other children removed, but
Craig hid away and was left to survive in the catacombs of
London. The director wanted the Creep to be a person rather
than a monster, but I'm not entirely sure that works.
the film is enjoyable (all performances are good) I much preferred
the extras and, in particular, the Making of... documentary
wherein Sean Harris (the Creep) explains how he got into character
as the make-up was applied, and how he ignored the other actors
if they tried to talk to him. It was designed to cut off the
possibility of muting the reaction to the Creep if they knew
the person beneath the latex. In fact, it was made certain
that the other main actors did not meet Harris before the
shoot. When the filming wrapped he suddenly became Mr Nice
extras include a make-up featurette; the Fright Fest 2004
Q & A session; alternative beginning and end explained
by director Chris Smith; trailer; production design; and a
commentary. You might be interested to know alternative titles
for the movie included Cellar Dweller, Horunder,
and Piccadilly Nightmare.
English and German venture makes good use of lighting and
colour and is well worth a look if you haven't seen it, although
I would personally have preferred a little more originality.
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