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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Night of the Creeps (1986)

After the dual opening scenes of buck naked aliens in a shoot out and an escaped mental patient on a killing spree, the policeman investigating the crime scene utters “What is this?  A homicide or a bad B-movie?”  Yep, Night of the Creeps knows EXACTLY what it is and makes no bones about it!

The concept of alien slugs who enter humans through the mouth and turn them into zombies is actually quite original. Kudos to director/writer Fred Dekker [House, The Monster Squad] for his inventive approach to the zombie genre.  The slugs are definitely the star of this show and they look brilliant on screen.

Along the way there are also zombies in various states of decay.  Kudos to the make up effects team for a few fun and inventive zombies, especially the zombie cat and dog.  They made me giggle with delight.  Some of the “exploding heads with slugs pouring out of them” are also quite good as well.

The cast is typical 1980’s stuff.  The strongest performance is definitely Tom Atkins [Lethal Weapon, The Fog, Halloween III] as washed-up policeman Roy Cameron.  He has a strong presence on screen and anchors every scene he’s in.  The teen leads are good but nothing worth mentioning.  My only complaint is the frat boys who are 90210 teenagers.  They are WAY too old for their parts!

Creeps get’s it done in terms of storytelling, humor and special effects.  Yes, it has it’s flaws along the way in terms of camera work and acting but, hey, this is a B-movie not a Ridley Scott epic.  So enjoy it for what it is…a delightful slice of 80’s sci-fi horror!

As a side note, it’s fun that all the character’s last names are from famous horror directors such as Romero, Raimi, Landis, etc.  It’s too bad they don’t take advantage of this in the film itself.

RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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