Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Night of the Creeps (1986)

NIGHT OF THE CREEPS is Fred Dekker's zombie opus, and a perfect blend of Horror and the college sex romp Comedy! It draws evenly from the drive-in SciFi films of the 50s just as much as it does from modern Splatter classics like THE EVIL DEAD. Things start innocently enough with two dorky college kids accidentally reviving a corpse from cryostasis during a fraternity prank gone wrong, which sparks a zombie outbreak on campus right before formal! Jason Lively and Steve Marshall play an entertaining pair of misfits, but the real show stopper is genre favorite Tom Atkins, who reprises his familiar role as a pissed off detective with an axe to grind. CREEPS employs an array of creative effects to bring the parasitic slugs and their zombie hosts to life, ranging from reverse photography to stop motion animation and beyond. It also offers some of the most memorable gore from a decade known for its gratuitous splatter. If any case can be made against it, it would have to be in regards to the repetitive dialog and underdeveloped characters, but considering the visual strengths and lightning pace, these issues are easily overlooked. In the years since its original release, the film has had a lasting effect on the genre, influencing everything from James Gunn's SLiTHER to Resident Evil Zero from the popular game franchise. Its growing cult status combined with the recent resurgence of the childhood classic MONSTER SQUAD ranks Fred Dekker as one of the most talented and under appreciated Horror directors from the 80s.

Rating: 8/10.
Entertainment: 10/10.
Gore: 7/10.
Number of views: 4.

If you liked NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, check out:
NIGHT OF THE COMET, SLiTHER, MONSTER SQUAD.



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6 comments:

  1. I have to admit, it must have been the busy time in my life when I missed this movie and then didn't run into it again, and yet I hear people call it a classic all the time. I'm popping that into Netflix. Thanks.

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  2. This is a definite buy Autumn!

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  3. I like this movie... and wish I had waited for the official release instead of buying a bootleg about half a year before it was announced that it was finally making to DVD. I am a bigger fan of THE MONSTER SQUAD, though.

    JM

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  4. Oh dude we are all in the same boat, I dont know any Horror friends that didnt buy the bootleg only to have Sony FINALLY release the DVD a year later. Stupid Sony...

    I prefer this one only because I didnt grow up with MONSTER SQUAD, but I consider MS the better film.

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  5. Amazingly, I just saw this movie for the first time a week ago or so. I loved it! The campiness was way more clever than I expected and it feels a little ahead of its time to me (even though it's totally engulfed in the 80's). Does that make sense?

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  6. Maybe a little timeless? I feel the same way, it has a stamp of 80s goodness on it, but it has an entirely timeless feel to it at the same time. The film couldnt be made today and have the same effect, though James Gunn did a pretty solid job recreating it in SLiTHER

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