Creepypasta (2023) Review
Creepypasta begins with a girl’s voice asking the viewer if they know what a creepypasta is, and then telling the viewer that it’s a scary story. She’s interrupted by a news report of a string of disappearances, including that of a fourteen-year-old girl who wrote those scary stories. Presumably she’s our unseen narrator.
Marco (Anthony Solano, Gray Grounds, Willows) finds himself trapped in a house full of dead bodies. Text messages instruct direct him to a laptop with several flash drives in front of it. All of them contain stories, but only one of them is his. All he has to do is find it, and he’s free to leave. Directed by Mikel Cravatta (For the One Who Left, Love Blind) “Deadstream” serves as Creepypasta’s wraparound segment, although it mostly consists of an increasingly ragged looking Marco inserting flash drives into the laptop until we get to the wrap up.
The first segment, “Back to Bed” by Carlos Cobos Aroca (Dylan) is one of two segments that are in Spanish with subtitles. An overly familiar tale of a ghost finding app that works too well, it’s a bland opener.
“Jumby” is one of two segments by Daniel Garcia. This segment about a little girl’s imaginary friend does deal with a creature from an actual creepypasta. But it’s a one note piece, barely long enough to set up the shock at the end.
The third segment, “Black Eyed Child (BEC)” the first of a pair of stories from Tony Morales will be familiar to anyone who has seen 100 Candles. It is also based on a creepypasta and has some creepy images, but there really isn’t much of a story to it, just the titular entity stalking an old woman for reason or reasons unknown.
“Corner of Your Eye” by Buz Wallick (Psycho Storm Chaser) is about those shadowy things you think you see out of the corner of your eye. This segment might have been OK if the creature wasn’t so cheesy and cheap looking, with flowing red eyes and obvious black gloves on the creature’s hands.
Paul Stamper’s (Never Forgetful) “Do Not” is a whole different matter. It’s a creepy story with some unsettling gore. Salvatore DelGreco (Alarmed, Finders Keepers) plays a man who makes a point of smoking in front of a no smoking sign, washing a medication not to be taken with alcohol down with beer, etc. But he pushes his luck too far when he watches an emergency broadcast with a warning not to watch.
Stamper’s other segment, “Blue Moon” is a less impressive tale about a cult using humans as hosts for creatures from another dimension. That’s followed by “The Grey Man” by Berkley Brady (Dark Nature) is a bout as cliché as it gets with an author being stalked by the creature she created. These two stories feel like filler, tossed in to get Creepypasta up to its contracted length.
“Hada”, Tony Morales’ second segment, is a decent tale about a young boy (Fernando Boza, Impares Premium) who sees something evil in the dark. It has a twist to it and a couple of nice jump scares.
“Invoke” by Carlos Omar De Leon (For We are Many) tells what happens when Natalie (Debbi Jones, Are Her Digits Worth It) invokes an evil being that lurks behind a mirror. Shaun O’Connell’s (Tales of an American Hoodrat, Bonejangles) make a done to death plot look good.
Creepypasta’s final story, “El Cuco is Hungry” by Daniel Garcia is another familiar story, this time about a babysitter (Angelic Zambrana, Bushwick), a cute kid, (Griffin Robert Faulkner, Daniel Isn’t Real) and a closet that shouldn’t be opened. Again some atmospheric cinematography, this time by Oren Soffer (A Nightmare Wakes) helps it rise above its clichés.
The wrap up to “Deadstream” is seriously underwhelming and lets the credits roll on a flat note.
The single biggest problem with Creepypasta as a whole is how similar many of the segments are. When the producers were assembling the shorts that make it up, they went too heavy on ones that follow the same formula. A person somehow gets the notice of a malevolent entity, they get stalked by it, and finally it drags them into the darkness.
That sameness, spread over so many so-so stories, wears thin fast and the film soon becomes tedious. Maybe that’s creepypasta of its own because while Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story was decent, feature length films based on Slenderman, The Rake and Grimcutty weren’t exactly masterpieces.
Cineverse originally released Creepypasta as a Screambox exclusive, but it’s now available on other platforms, including Tubi. You’re probably better turning off the lights and reading the original stories, though.