Director: Paul Anthony Rogers | Writer: Paul Anthony Rogers | Released: February 11, 2019 | Run Time: 1h 21min
Crypsis is a creepy creature feature. Crypsis is the ability of an organism to conceal itself especially from a predator by having a color, pattern, and shape that allows it to blend into the surrounding environment.
A group of friends make a bet with one another to see who can survive camping on Harker Island for a night. They’ve heard the urban legends surrounding Harker Island, but they decide to go anyway. The group takes a small boat out to the small local island. The boat driver convinces the group to prove how manly and tough they are by leaving their cell phones with him. It’s not a very smart move, but the group of guys aren’t very smart to begin with. No one thinking logically would travel to an uninhabited island without some form of communication but here we are. The trip doesn’t go as planned. They didn’t realize a strange creature inhabits the island, and it does a great job going unseen.
As soon as the guys step foot on the island they can’t stop arguing. It gets a little old after a while, slowing the momentum of the film down to a crawl. The guys couldn’t stop arguing, even when their lives depended on it. When the group realized that the creature hunted by sound, they still bickered. I empathized with the creature. I wouldn’t want to be bothered by a bunch of loud and obnoxious dude bros either. Crypsis is both a creature feature and an isolation horror film. The dread doesn’t set in until the guys realize the boat is gone and they’re stranded on the island.
There’s no CGI when it comes to the creature (David Racki). The creature’s mask and suit are top-shelf. David does a great job bringing the creature to life with the movements and mannerisms. The creature is super creepy. I wanted to see more gory deaths, but most of the kills are either bloodless or off-screen. Eddie Nason, Anthony Hoang and Michael Armata star in the film. The acting was pretty good. The dialogue was kind of choppy in spots. The soundtrack was good, creating that tension between the guys and the creature. I had a problem with the ending. It just felt too convenient.
A group of friends make a bet to see who can survive camping on an island for a night. Unbeknownst to them, a strange creature lurks throughout the night terrorizing their every move, and sound is their biggest enemy.