Creature certainly gets the business of being a modern B movie right and does all the basics fairly well. Former production designer and debuting director Fred Andrews maintains the level of gratuitous exploitation in the opening scene throughout the rest of the film, willingly getting all of his female cast members to whip their tops off at a moments notice even throwing in lesbian make-out scenes. The characters are drawn with a certain self-aware postmodern irony, yet are played with enough edges to seem convincingly realistic although the tics of the backwoods hicks are overdone to the point that they become repetitive. Fred Andrews directs and photographs the show like it were a slick, well produced mainstream release rather than a B movie. He produces tension and a number of surprises throughout. The effects work for the creature also looks reasonably convincing.
Creature is more than willing to homage its forebears most notably in the casting of Blaxploitation star Sid Haig who gained a new genre lease of life after turning up in Rob Zombies House of 1000 Corpses (2003). Regular movie psycho Pruitt Taylor Vince also turns up as a weird local he would be the equivalent of Friday the 13th (1980)s Crazy Ralph if everybody in this particular Louisiana backwater didnt appear to be crazy. That aside, Creature is to its benefit largely free of the need to obsessively quote and keep referring back to other genre works that plague too many modern horror films.
However, the main problem that Creature has is the very concept it sets up teenagers being hunted by a half-man, half-alligator creature. The idea seemed ridiculous when it was conducted in the 1950s with the cheap The Alligator People (1959) and is no less ridiculous when conducted on a halfway reasonable budget here. It is an idea that surely requires a film with tongue planted considerably in cheek to pull it off Shark Night 3D (2011), which came out only one week earlier and featured a near-identical plot about college kids being stalked in the Louisiana bayous and sinister scheming from the overly exaggerated backwoods hicks, had a much better sense of being a B-movie with tongue planted in its cheek. You think that maybe that is the way that Creature is going. There is some great cod myth-making during the visit to the tatty tourist promotion at the convenience store and during the telling of the story of Grimley and his bride/sister, but the bulk of the film surprisingly appears to be taking everything seriously. When the film does produce its alligator man, its taking such a premise seriously only causes it to slide down into the irredeemably silly.
Creature is the only directorial outing so far from Fred Andrews who mostly works as a production designer, usually in tv.