Night Of The Creeps (1986)

DVD Cover (Sony Home Entertainment)
Genres: Alien Film, Horror, Sci-Fi Horror, Zombie Film
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Fred Dekker Fred Dekker
Jason Lively Jason Lively
Steve Marshall Steve Marshall
Jill Whitlow Jill Whitlow
Tom Atkins Tom Atkins
Wally Taylor Wally Taylor

7.0 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by bluemeanie
Added: April 10, 2006
Before Fred Dekker gave us "Monster Squad", he tackled the zombie film with quite possibly one of the top three zombie films of all-time, "Night of the Creeps". With the recent release of "Slither", it is important to remember the film that probably inspired 90% of that film. The plot revolves around an alien parasite that crashes to Earth in 1959, infecting a fraternity member. His body is thawed to prevent the parasite from infecting others. Many years later, two nerds pledging the same fraternity accidentally unthaw the corpse, and it begins to infect others, turning everyone in town into vicious, blood-thirsty zombies. The two college students must try and fight off the zombie horde as they make a final stand at one of the local frat parties. Sound cool enough for you?

This film is vintage Fred Dekker. People have forgotten how amazing he actually is as both a writer and a director. He gave us "House" and "The Monster Squad", not to mention this zombie caper. I love the way in which he films the opening scene, the black and white sequence chronicling the first alien landing that starts the whole mess. I also love the final showdown between the college kids and the zombies hellbent on destroying humanity. And, if you look really closely, you can spot a very young David Paymer as the morgue attendant. Fred Dekker pulls out all the stops with this picture and really have the genre something special. "Slither" owes everything to this film.

The very sad part is that "Night of the Creeps" is not available on DVD, the same as "The Monster Squad". I interviewed Fred Dekker last year for my website and he mentioned that he would love to see a special edition of both films hit stores, but I don't see that happening anytime soon unless there is an overwhelming response from fans. Ain't It Cool News has been crucial in getting a special event together - a screening of both films at the Alamo Drafthouse, with Fred Dekker and some of the original stars of the films. That event arrives very soon.

Chad #1: Chad - added 05/27/2008, 09:26 PM
The studios can't even give us a DVD release of this, but the pirates have managed to put together an HD release that looks beautiful.

Anywho, just watched it again for the first time in years, and I had forgotten how fun this one was. 9/10.
Dametria #2: Dametria - added 05/27/2008, 09:35 PM
Weird.... I just found this on VHS at a garage sale and watched memorial day, for the first time in years.
bluemeanie #3: bluemeanie - added 05/30/2008, 04:50 PM
The quality on this looks quite good. An official DVD release is supposed to be hitting later this year -- my guess would be closer to Halloween. I just keep waiting on the fabulous Mr. Dekker to churn out something new again.
Nirrad #4: Nirrad - added 05/30/2008, 05:01 PM
My girlfriend and I watched this a little over a year ago and even she enjoyed it. She never enjoys horror movies that I watch. I hope its true about the DVD coming out this year. It's a definite must buy.
grain of sand #5: grain of sand - added 06/01/2008, 07:50 PM
Awesome movie, I've had the VHS for as long as I can remember but recently saw it on TV for the first time in awhile. So fun, so classic. 9/10
Optimus Prime #6: Optimus Prime - added 02/11/2009, 05:40 PM
Just saw this for the first time. Amazing. 9/10.
Tristan #7: Tristan - added 11/01/2009, 12:05 PM
Just as good as I remember it being. I must say though, I think the original ending was better than the one on the newly released DVD. Luckily it's included in the bonus features. Also anything with Tom Atkins is immediately cool.

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