Night of the Creeps
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Night of the Creeps

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Director: Fred Dekker

Cast: Fred Dekker, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow

     
 

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Virtually unnoticed during its brief theatrical run, this wildly entertaining horror-comedy achieved healthy cult status following its home-video and cable TV releases. The directorial debut of Fred Dekker (writer of the successful horror parody House), this low-budget effort throws alien monsters, axe-wielding killers, flesh-eating zombies, nudity, and (gasp!)See more details below

Overview

Virtually unnoticed during its brief theatrical run, this wildly entertaining horror-comedy achieved healthy cult status following its home-video and cable TV releases. The directorial debut of Fred Dekker (writer of the successful horror parody House), this low-budget effort throws alien monsters, axe-wielding killers, flesh-eating zombies, nudity, and (gasp!) drunken fraternity shenanigans into a blender, spiced with witty one-liners and references to dozens of horror classics (and anti-classics). The result is a satisfying treat that will tickle the tastebuds of horror fans. The film's nominal protagonists are a pair of randy fraternity pledges (Jason Lively, Steve Marshall) who open a literal can of worms when they steal a corpse from the campus medical facility and release a horde of space-leeches, which proceed to infest the bodies of everyone in sight. The host bodies subsequently become homicidal zombies with a penchant for popping in on unsuspecting (and undressing) sorority girls. The town's only hope (such as it is) seems to be a hard-boiled ex-cop (Tom Atkins), who has uncovered the secret link between the zombie invasion and a 30-year-old axe-murder case... and who's also several sandwiches shy of a picnic. Dekker keeps things moving at a brisk pace thanks to some outrageous set-pieces (some of which happen so quickly they'll have viewers reaching for the pause button) and clever dialogue, particularly for Atkins ("Girls, the good news is your dates are here; the bad news is, they're dead"), who dives into his crusty character with relish.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
An under-appreciated gem of campy sci-fi-tinged horror, this effort from director Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad) has everything from a busload of frat-guy zombies to an undead killer puppy to an amusing death by lawnmower rampage that foreshadows Peter Jackson's over-the-top finale to Dead Alive. Not only does director/screenwriter Dekker keep things moving along nicely by offering some exciting and bloody thrills, but he also makes some interesting choices with the portrayal of his main characters as well. In addition to offering a social misfit protagonist who remains uninterested in the usual college party scene, the inclusion of a handicapped sidekick who isn't defined by his disability shows a director unafraid to offer real, identifiably human characters; a refreshing change of pace compared to the all-too-perfect teens that populated horror films throughout the following decade. It's obvious that Dekker has a healthy sense of humor in his approach as well. Along with character names that offer sly nods to numerous famous horror directors, Dekker also includes a beyond hard-boiled police detective hilariously cocksure swagger provides much of the film's effective gallows humor. Sure Dekker includes such college horror film mainstays as the obligatory love interest and the spoiled jock who gets his rocks off humiliating the "nerds," but once he turns up the heat during the final act, cinematic clichés take a backseat to fast-paced zombie head-bursting fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2009
UPC:
0043396299399
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
26,696

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with writer/director Fred Dekker; Cast commentary; Original ending; Deleted scenes; Birth of the Creeps; Cast of the Creeps; Creating the Creeps; Escape of the Creeps; Legend of the Creeps; Tom Atkins: Man of Action; Trivia track; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Lively Chris Romero
Steve Marshall J.C. Hooper
Jill Whitlow Cynthia Cronenberg
Tom Atkins Ray Cameron
Wally Taylor Detective Landis
Bruce Solomon Sgt. Raimi
Vic Polizos Coroner
Allan J. Kayser Brad
Ken Heron Johnny
Alice Cadogan Pam
June Harris Karen
David Paymer Young Scientist
David Oliver Steve
Evelyne Smith House Mother
Ivan E. Roth Psycho Zombie
Beal Carrotes Beta Zombie
David Alan Johnson Young Roy Cameron
David Brian Miller Beta Zombie
Arick Stillwagon Beta Zombie
Jay Wakemann Judy
Russel Moss Biff, Beta
Dan Frishman Alien Zombie
Kevin Thompson Alien Pursuer
Joseph S. Griffo Alien Pursuer
Katherine Britton Sorority Girl on Phone
Leslie Ryan Sorority Girl with Hairbrush
Suzanne Snyder Lisa, Kappa Delta
Elizabeth Cox Kathy, Kappa Delta
Emily Fiola Jennifer, Kappa Delta
Lori Lively Lori
Melanie Manos Blair
Richard DeHaven Dick, Beta
John J. York Todd, Beta
Jim Townsend Chett, Beta
Tex Donaldson Cop Outside Sorority
Jay Arlen Jones Cop at Police Station
Craig Schaefer Irksome Cop at Cryogenics Lab
Richard Sassin Irksome Cop at Murder Scene
Robert Kerman Policeman with Searchlight
Jack Lightsy Patrol Car Driver
Elizabeth Alda Cop in Alley
Alexander Folk Cop in Morgue
Earl C. Ellis Beta Zombie
Robert Kurtzman Beta Zombie
Ted Rae Beta Zombie
Keith Werle Beta Zombie
Howard Berger Beta Zombie
Robert Kino Mr. Miner
Todd Bryant Informative Student
Dawn Schroder Sorority Girl at Squad Car
Chris Dekker Dormie #1
Brian MacGregor Dormie
Dick Miller Police Armorer

Technical Credits
Fred Dekker Director,Screenwriter
Maria Rebman Caso Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
George Costello Production Designer
Dimensional Animation Effects Special Effects
William Finnegan Executive Producer
Charles Gordon Producer
Eileen Kennedy Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Knue Editor
David Brian Miller Makeup
Robert New Cinematographer
David Stripes Productions Special Effects
Ted Rae Special Effects
Donna Smith Associate Producer,Production Designer
Barry De Vorzon Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Night of the Creeps
1. Chapter 1 [3:30]
2. Chapter 2 [3:29]
3. Chapter 3 [3:24]
4. Chapter 4 [2:11]
5. Chapter 5 [3:05]
6. Chapter 6 [3:03]
7. Chapter 7 [1:46]
8. Chapter 8 [2:31]
9. Chapter 9 [3:08]
10. Chapter 10 [1:35]
11. Chapter 11 [2:19]
12. Chapter 12 [4:41]
13. Chapter 13 [2:13]
14. Chapter 14 [2:32]
15. Chapter 15 [2:16]
16. Chapter 16 [3:09]
17. Chapter 17 [3:43]
18. Chapter 18 [4:45]
19. Chapter 19 [3:03]
20. Chapter 20 [2:43]
21. Chapter 21 [2:55]
22. Chapter 22 [3:10]
23. Chapter 23 [3:31]
24. Chapter 24 [2:36]
25. Chapter 25 [3:44]
26. Chapter 26 [2:21]
27. Chapter 27 [4:24]
28. Chapter 28 [7:46]

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