Do you really think of The Overnight as a Duplass Brothers film? Brice’s relationship with them was certainly instrumental in getting them onboard as producers, but I wonder whether they were just the money. I can’t think of anything Jay or Mark has created that has a similar sensibility to The Overnight, but I might be overlooking something. I think of Duplass movies as stuff like that puffy chair movie or Cyrus or Lynn Shelton movies. Loveable slacker indie stuff, you know?
I think the real appeal of The Overnight, aside from its weirdness, is watching Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman doing something completely different from their usual schtick. I’ve especially enjoyed the rare times Adam Scott gets to work outside his comfort zone. The Overnight belongs in that category for how out of his depth his character is.
But, yeah, Creep is really just a competent found footage horror movie. Which sets it head and shoulders above 95% of all found footage movies, but it’s still inside the formulaic box of that genre. :)