‘What’s in your basement?’
Crepitus is a 2018 American horror feature film directed by Haynze Whitmore (Asylum of Secrets: Chapter 1; Street Cleaner; Wade) from a screenplay co-written with Eddie and Sarah Renner. The movie stars Bill Moseley, Eve Mauro, Chalet Lizette Brannan, Caitlin Williams and Lance Paul.
Crepitus is a medical term to describe the grating, crackling or popping sounds and sensations experienced under the skin and joints or a crackling sensation due to the presence of air in the subcutaneous tissue; it’s similar to cracking your knuckles. Makes sense given the creature, Crepitus (Bill Moseley) is exactly that: a gnawing fissuring sound in the darkness beneath the unsettling house in which he dwells.
Welcome to creepy town! Where two sisters displaying carved X’s on their foreheads live and never leave. Seventeen-year-old Eli (Caitlin Williams) cares for and protects younger sibling, Sam (Lizette Brannan) as they exist day-to-day in a dilapidated old house with their violent alcoholic mother (Eve Mauro).
While they search for answers to the troubling sounds and invisible entity that seems to follow Sam within the creaky old abode, Eli unravels the disturbing truth that has blanketed the family for a long time. Components revolving around the disappearance of the father, outbursts that consume their mom and other eerie inklings of nastiness emerge into a torrent of taboo…all pointing to visions of Crepitus. Is he real?
The plot is strong and significant while pieces of uncomfortable memories harbour Eli’s thoughts, exposing the family of cult-like status to indulge the force that holds them hostage.
While Mauro’s sheer madness is fun to watch escalate with disgusting eating habits and frequent slaps to the girl’s faces, the real hero is obviously Bill Moseley. Crepitus comes to frightening light with each appearance and snarky smirk.
As far as downfalls go, the adorable Sam is pretentious and void of emotion. When faced with life-threatening danger, she shows as much fear as seeing a small spider scamper across the floor. Eli is a bit more seasoned, however, she hits the opposite side of the spectrum as an over-exaggerated brooding teen wanting to escape without a plan in place.
Crepitus is well worth a watch. Pay extra special attention to the stars that carry it across to the creepiness it is meant to instil.
Meredith Brown, MOVIES & MANIA
“Its main issue is that it always falls short of reaching the level it promises, especially in the clown’s intentions that all remain lingering in the rhymes he sings, and when you are about to give up on this movie, the weird ending comes to rev up this feeling.” The 10th Circle
“Crepitus, when he appears, is a truly frightening figure, particularly as there is some doubt as to whether he exists or is some dream demon conjured by the appalling family circumstances. Crepitus is director Haynze Whitmore’s first feature, and while there are a few pacing issues it’s otherwise an assure debut. Recommended and very creepy…” Bloody Flicks
“Crepitus frustratingly goes through highs and lows and eventually, after many attempts to forgive its many flaws, I had to commit to admitting that it’s just not a good film. It is, however, completely watchable. I certainly don’t regret seeing it because it does contain one very powerful performance that, at least for me, warrants a viewing.” Killer Horror Critic
“As is often the case with smaller horror flicks, the performances mostly aren’t doing this one any favors. That is, save for Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, Texas Chainsaw 2) as the titular clown. Moseley is a certified pro and has been a staple of the horror genre for years. All of that experience and his dedication to the role helps to make this movie worth certain horror lovers’ time.” Movie Web
“Crepitus is a film that you’ll want to revisit to fully understand everything. There’s clues hidden throughout, so pay attention to everything. It’s not your average sadistic clown story and that’s what makes it stand out from the rest. Eddie and Sarah Renner created something sadistically depraved, a horror fiend’s worst nightmare.” Pop Horror
“Both, Mauro and Moseley, carry a haunting presence on screen. They are equally the backbone of the film’s truly horrific force. Honestly, I feel like that’s about as much as I can say about it. The third act takes a twist you won’t see coming and its’ effective first two acts makes that possible.” Victims & Villains
“Moseley is skin-crawlingly creepy in the title role as long as he keeps his mouth shut. Crepitus talks in rhymes and that tended to get on my nerves […] My other complaint is a few scenes feel like they’re shot in a strange/artsy manner just to be strange […] Despite those misgivings, Crepitus did get under my skin and effectively creep me out.” Voices from the Balcony
Indican Pictures released Crepitus on November 1st 2019 (theatrical) and December 13th 2019 (DVD, VOD).
- Bill Moseley – Death House; The Devil’s Rejects; Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2; et al
- Eve Mauro – Osombie; Penance
- Chalet Lizette Brannan
- Caitlin Williams
- Lance Paul
- Taya Parker – Beach Massacre at Kill Devil Hills
- Darren Barcomb
- Johnny Stevenson
- Taylor Marie Williams
- Heather Schulz
- 83 minutes
- Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1