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Failing to muster the sort of menace promised by the title, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Creepy is more thriller than chiller; a meandering police procedural that’s occasionally absorbing, but ultimately unconvincing.

An imposing prologue initially sets the bar high. In a dingy interview room, Detective Inspector Koichi Takakura (Hidetoshi Nishijima), an expert of the criminal mind, sits opposite a known murderer. The air is rife with a forbidding atmosphere, but undeterred, he confronts this killer with confidence – convinced he is in control. Minutes later, Takakura lies on the floor fighting for his life, the crazed psycho having proved that it was he who was in charge from the start.