Judge Josh Rode prefers the Peeps Blog, dedicated to sugar-coated marshmallow chicks and bunnies.
1 in 12 women will be stalked during their lifetimes.
I get what Creep Creepersin (Orgy of Blood) is trying to do with Peeping Blog. On the surface, watching a stalker at work seems like it would be supremely…well, creepy. It would be a cat-and-mouse game, a literal hunt. See the prey. Position yourself. Wait for the right moment to pounce. Tension would bubble from every moment of such a film. Add the voyeur element to the mix—you're not even safe at home!—and you have the makings of something that should keep the audience paranoid for a month.
So why was I bored through three-quarters of the film? Well, the troubles begin immediately after the stalker sets up his blog with the lines from The Charge and grabs his new camera. He gets in his car and starts following a black Explorer. He is clearly not trained in the art of tailing; he follows directly behind his mark, duplicating every move, every turn. We're forced to sit in traffic with him, including waiting through a long red light, with nothing to distract us from the tedium. Since we don't know yet that we're following the victim, any tension that might have gathered from the opening scene drains away. The mark leads him to a parking lot, where he parks outside of a coffee shop and waits for her to drink some coffee and read something. It is dreadfully dull, especially since the setup makes it difficult to get fully engaged in the film.
See, the mark has the least awareness of her surroundings you could imagine. In real life, people notice when another car follows them through several turns, and it makes them very nervous. When the victim comes out of the coffee shop, she sits at a table facing the stalker, who is sitting in a parked, running car directly in front of her with a camera taped to the dashboard. There's just no chance he wouldn't have been noticed, and that thought kept me from fully accepting the film's premise.
This flaw is doubled when the scene switches to the woman's apartment. The stalker and his camera are there hiding behind some coat racks along one wall of the living room. Setting aside the oddity of someone using coat racks as décor, the gaps between them are fairly substantial; enough so that the camera gets clear shots of the woman as she goes about her nightly routine. More, the part of the stalker is played by Creep, who 1) is a rather hefty man and 2) has either a cold or narrow nasal passages judging from his heavy breathing throughout the film. Add to this that he's holding a camera that shows a red light when it is filming, and we're left with one of two conclusions: the victim, who walks within touching distance of the stalker several times, is legally blind, or the stalker is actually a Klingon with a personal cloaking device.
The picture is clear of defects and grain, and I liked the effect of the camera on the dashboard while driving; it just went on too long. The 2.0 stereo fits the nature of the film. The improvised dialogue is clear, but distant, as it should be from people on the other side of a room. The ambient noise tends toward overly loud, especially the crinkle of food packaging. Speaking of the food, if I never see a close-up of Creep eating a Lean Pocket again, it will be too soon.
It should be noted that the description on the back of the DVD case is not accurate; it implies that the end of the film was a decision made by the stalker on an impulse. Creep, however, makes it quite clear in the short but informative Interview segment that the victim never had a chance, and he hoped the audience recognized that from the moment the film began.
Other extras include a trailer and a sort of "Making of" segment that has little to do with the film but is entertaining nonetheless. Also, we get Creep's dissertation on the mask used in the film. The extras are much more entertaining than the actual film.
Peeping Blog has a very narrow window of suspense. It doesn't build tension until the second half, then finishes abruptly just as it is picking up momentum. And that's too bad, because it promised so much more.
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