Night of the Creeps Reviews
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.
Director Fred Dekker originally wanted to shoot the film in black and white. He included every B movie cliche he could think of and insisted on directing the script himself. The script was written in a week.
Night of the Creeps was released August 22, 1986. The domestic gross was $591,366 across 70 theaters.
The film was released on VHS and Laserdisc in 1986 by HBO/Cannon Video. Some of these feature the theatrical ending only.
The DVD and Blu-ray was released on October 27, 2009 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and contain the original ending along with some special features.
Though not shown theatrically upon its original release, the original ending showed Chris and Cynthia standing in front of the burning sorority house, then moved to the street where police cars race down the street. The charred and 'zombified' Cameron is shuffling down the street when he suddenly stops and falls to the ground. His head explodes and the slugs scamper out and head into a cemetery, as the spaceship from the beginning of the film has returned with the aliens intending to retrieve their experiment, proposing a sequel.
This original ending is on the official DVD and Blu-ray release of the film, and can be seen in some television broadcast versions of the film, some US VHS copies, and on bootleg DVD copies.
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