Night of the Creeps Reviews
A loving pulp-horror-homage with occasional moments of inspiration, but ultimately a forgettable one.
A bright and breezy horror comedy that is largely, and rather sadly, almost entirely forgotten about. This is a more ambitious movie than most 80's gore flicks, and the opening with funny little aliens basting a pod onto 1950's America is handled really well as it has a sense that almost anything could happen. The movie settles down after that and becomes a largely typical college set teen movie, but the characters a likeable, and there still is plenty more fun to be had. The zombie frozen in a tube is similar to the one in "Return of the living dead", only here is makes little sense why a college would have a man frozen on campus for 27 years, but once the slug monsters start leaping into peoples (as well as cats and dogs) mouths and all hell breaks loose it really doesn't matter. So it may make little logical sense, but it's well worth tracking down, especially for zombie comedy fans.
Chris Romero and his friend James Carpenter Hooper are two nerdy guys desperate to fit in by trying to join the best fraternity on college campus.
They are given the task of stealing a corpse and dumping it outside another fraternity house.
Trouble is the corpse they try to steal contains a leech like alien life form which they unleash on the student body with typically horrifying results.
The only person who can save the teens is burnt out cop Ray Cameron played to perfection by Tom Atkins who has a nice line in sardonic humour even when the odds are stacked against him.
Its true to say Director Fred Dekker is paying homage to the great B Movies of the 50s and 60s and its also noticeable that most of the leads in the film are named after Horror Film directors.
That said the film does manage to stand on it sown to feet as a horror comedy and its pleasing to see the film is now seen as one of the very best in the genre.