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Oct 25, 2020I'm not as all surprised that this schlocky, horror film was a box office disaster. In 1986, the year of its release, there were 60 horror films released including far superior films like Aliens II, The Fly and Invaders From Mars. But, Night of the Creeps wasn't just lost amidst a torrent of horror movies. It's uneven in quality. But, it does have a certain charm that makes it worth a watch if you like the genre.Aldo G Super Reviewer
Dec 09, 2017Thrill me. A cult '80 horror-comedy, Night of the Creeps is a cheesy B-movie that mishmashes several different types of sci-fi and horror. The story follows two college friends who unwittingly release an alien bug that turns people into zombies when a fraternity prank goes wrong. The script is all over the place with aliens, ax wielding maniacs, and zombies. And, most of the cast is stuck playing one-dimensional character stereotypes; though Tom Atkins has kind of a fun role as a cop on the edge and brings a certain charisma to the film. Also, the make-up effects and prosthetics for the zombies are pretty good and look quite ghoulish. Plus, the comedy and satire is well-done, delivering some entertaining laughs. But Night of the Creeps takes on more than it can handle, and ends up being a crazy mess.Dann M Super Reviewer
Jun 03, 2016Opens with an absolutely golden throwback to the cinema of the 60's, and continues to be entertaining throughout.
Jun 03, 2014This is a fun, and affectionate, tribute to a wide variety of genres. 50s alien invasion films is probably the most prominent genre that is paid tribute. There's also a tribute to famous horror film directors of the era as several of the characters' names are inspired by horror filmmakers. George Romero, Sam Raimi, David Cronenberg, John Landis, James Cameron, Steve Miner, Tobe Hooper, John Carpenter, among others. So this was clearly made by someone who knew, and loved, the horror and sci-fi genre and I think it definitely shows in the final product. I don't think it was a perfect film, but it's definitely a movie that I had a lot of fun watching. It's got every B-movie cliche you can possibly think of. I think Fred Dekker must have been clairvoyant, because this film might have the douchiest 80s douchebag I've ever seen in a film. The time since this film's release has redefined the word douchebag and, I don't know why, this character comes across as even more of one in this day and age than he probably would've back in the day. This douchebaggery has definitely aged like a fine wine, it's better ow than it was originally. Jason Lively leaves a lot to be desired as an actor, but this is a horror movie so who really gives a shit about acting? With that said, that doesn't mean there aren't a pair memorable performances. Tom Atkins gives a fabulously entertaining performance as this cop haunted by his high school sweetheart's brutal murder. It's goofy and tongue-in-cheek and, by my estimation, Tom Atkins seemed to have a blast doing this role. Steve Marshall as JC, Chris' best friend, is also entertaining here. His quick-witted delivery somewhat reminded me a bit of Robert Downey Jr. Of course, he's not as good as Downey, but he is still entertaining. So yes, this film probably hasn't aged as well as other horror classics, but I definitely think it's something that horror nerds will greatly enjoy thanks to its many references to classics, and even some non-classics like Plan 9 from Outer Space. This is a good movie. It's not as grotesque as some of the 80s best horror films, but I had a lot of fun watching this movie, even with the rating I gave it. Horror nerds will be in heaven here.