In this campy chiller, a college couple, in 1959, see an object plummet to Earth like a meteor. The boy accidentally swallows a space-slug that shoots out. In 1986, two freshmen roam the campus and stumble across the corps... more »e of the boy who swallowed the space-slug. Once thawed out, the corpse comes to life.« less
A college campus is invaded by alien brain-parasite slugs that turn frat boys into zombies in Fred "Monster Squad" Dekker's fast, funny ode to 50s style horror flicks that's riddled with in jokes for genre fans. An underrated cult flick that's aged well, worth a look.
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This Movie Gave Me the Creeps!!!
Dustin Kramer | Savannah, GA | 07/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"1986 was a pretty good year for horror films. There were stellar, undeniable classic releases like ALIENS and The Fly. Gore soaked goodies such as From Beyond and Demons. And then there was a severely underrated gem called Night of the Creeps.
A skin crawling tale about parasitic alien slugs accidentally unleashed from a cryogenic state of suspended animation, wrecking havoc on a college campus by way of invading the student bodies bodies through the mouth, effectively turning them into kill-happy zombies. The infesting parasites incubate in the brain long enough to spawn another generation. When the alien slugs are born, the host's top pops!
This is a endearing homage to everything from 50's B-movies, George Andrew Romero's zombies, silly teen/early twentysomething movies, slasher flicks and much more, wonderfully directed by Fred Dekker.
If you enjoy watching college frat boy wannabes screaming like banshees, a cool, catch phrase spewing detective settle old vendettas with an ax wielding reanimated corpse, gratuitous scenes of slugs violently and graphically erupting from peoples heads, and a little T&A to arouse your eyes...well this movie's for you. I know it's certainly for me. I've seen it so many times(lost the exact count)and it never losses it's appeal. The biggest draw in this movie is unquestionably venerable character actor Tom Atkins performance of a lifetime as Detective Cameron. Trust me you will hang on every word Atkins utters.
If you have not yet viewed this cult fave stop for a moment and give this one the chance to creep up on 'ya!"
Thrill me! I give this an extra star for it's extra content
Dennis A. Amith (kndy) | California | 10/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
""In the words of Detective Cameron..."Thrill Me!" And for 23-years, this film has continued to thrill fans and has literally become a film that has achieved cult status. Director Frank Dekker gets his wish for a release of a Director's Cut with his original intended ending and fans of the film are treated to a reunion by the original cast 23-years later and also a tribute to the career of Tom Atkins. Definitely an enjoyable DVD release and a great tribute to one of the more hilarious comedy horror films ever created. Highly recommended!"
In 1986, a horror/zombie film called "Night of the Creeps" became a cult hit among fans due to the film's comedic nature but also how it pays homage to the horror genre.
The film is written and directed by Fred Dekker ("The Monster Squad", "RoboCop 3, "Enterprise"), produced by Charles Gordon ("Field of Dreams", "Die Hard", "Hitman"), music by Barry De Vorzon ("The Twilight Zone", "Tatoo", "Private Benjamin) and cinematography by Robert C. New ("So Weird", "Blade: The Series").
Although never considered a scary, horror film, "Night of the Creeps" was a film that caught attention for its screenplay, its special effects and its campiness but it was one of those 80's films that continues to be a fan favorite and for many years, many fans have waited for the film to be released on DVD. On Oct. 27th, the film via a director's cut receives a DVD and also a Blu-ray HD treatment and comes with the ending that Fred Dekker originally wanted and also a reunion of the cast 23 years later.
The film kicks off in a space ship where two aliens hunt down one of their own who has stolen an experiment. The alien in pursuit manages to rid of the canister and launches it out into space.
The film then transitions to 1959 where a sorority girl goes out on a date with a guy and the two go out to a make out point. The two are warned by a police officer, a young Ray Cameron (who dated the sorority girl) that a man has escaped from a mental ward and has hacked a few people with an ax. The two ignore the officer but then see a falling star which crashes near them. The guy and the girl drive to the area of where the meteorite may have crashed and the guy leaves the girl in the car. The guy discovers a canister and a slug from the canister jumps into his mouth. Meanwhile, the girl left alone in the car hears reports that the killer is headed towards their direction. While screaming for the guy to get back into the car, she is unaware that the killer is about to slaughter her.
We are then taken to 1986 where two nerdy college students: Chris (played by Jason Lively, "Mancuso, FBI", "Maximum Force", "Monday Morning) and J.C. (played by Steve Marshall, "Night Heat", "Sleeping in a Dream") are walking around the fraternity and sorority section and see a girl across the street that captures his attention. Chris is the silent type while his best friend and roommate J.C. (who has a disability and walks with crutches) is a lively jokester and tries to get the girl's attention for his buddy.
Because Chris is so shy, J.C. manages to introduce the girl named Cynthia (played by Jill Whitlow, "Mask", "Thunder Run", "Twice Dead") to his friend. But she happens to be dating a frat guy and thus, Chris's hopes are dash. Chris comes up with an idea that they should join a frat and when they try, in order to join, they are told to take a body from the science lab and drop it in the front porch of another frat.
When Chris and J.C. go to the lab to retrieve the body and releases it from its incubator, the body (which happens to be the guy who discovered the cannister back in 1959) has awaken. Startled by the body moving, Chris and J.C. run away in fear.
Meanwhile the scientist in charge of maintaining the body is killed by the zombie man and immediately, the zombie walks to the sorority where he went to visit the girl he was dating back in 1959 (the room of the girl is where Cynthia is now staying in). Immediately, the man's head blows up and slugs are released into the public. The slugs tend to possess a person's body, kills them from the inside and takes over their brain where they can breed and make more of their kind and continue the process of finding a body to breed in.
With murders happening on campus, detective Ray Cameron (played by Tom Atkins, "Halloween 3, "The Fog", "Bruiser") remembers back in 1959 of how his girlfriend was hacked into pieces by the axe murderer who was never caught and worries that these killings may be the work of the killer. He has suffered nightmares in which he sees a skeleton or zombie murdering his ex-girlfriend and with news from Chris and J.C. that the body inside the incubator moved, he worries about what is going on.
With zombie infestations now happening, the friendship of Chris and J.C. is tested, and Chris and Cynthia are brought closer together. But will they be able to survive the onslaught of the zombies during the night of the big dance?
It's important to note that "Night of the Creeps" is a Director's Cut version and that it features the original ending that Director Fred Dekker wanted (the reason why it wasn't used was because Dekker who was a new director at the time, showed an incomplete test screening to an audience and execs without the special effects and the audience and execs wanted a new ending). The original theatrical ending is included on the DVD.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
"Night of the Creeps" is featured in 1L85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen. For a 1986 film, I have to say that the picture quality is pretty good and I didn't see any major compressions or massive warping. I can only comment on the DVD version but it doesn't look like Sony Pictures Home Entertainment used any major Digital Noise Reduction in the release, so I wonder how nice the Blu-ray transfer may have been. But for the DVD itself, fans should be happy to know that this 23-year-old film looks good.
As for the audio, the audio is presented in English 5.1 Dolby Digital. I was noticing mainly front and center channel dialogue and the music but nothing that caught my attention via the surrounds. So, I ended up switching the audio to "Stereo on All Channels" on my receiver for a more immersive sound. But for the most part, dialogue was clear and understandable and that 80's new wave electronic music is clear as well.
Subtitles are presented only in English.
Fans of "Night of the Creeps: Director's Cut" will definitely enjoy the special features included on the DVD. Included are the following:
* Commentary with Writer/Director Fred Dekker - An audio commentary with Michael, the DVD producer and Writer/Director Fred Dekker. Dekker gives a more technical insight about the film and how certain cuts were made. Especially certain scenes that Dekker enjoyed. * Cast commentary (Jasone Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow and Tom Atkins) - A lively, hilarious and insightful commentary by the four talent of the film. What's even more interesting is to hear the cast see the original Fred Dekker ending for the first time. * Original Theatrical Ending - (:30) The original theatrical ending. Which one do you think is better? It's important to note that the Director's Cut ending was shown on television while those who saw the original theatrical cut, own the VHS and LD saw this ending. * Deleted Scenes - (7:45) Seven deleted scenes: The Girls Meet Johnny, J.C.'s Positive Thinking, Cameron vs. Raimi, Making cookies, Raimi Follows Protocol, Cameron Spies Spanky, Chris Stays Behind * Birth of the Creeps - (10:43) Director Frank Dekker, the Cast and crew talk about Frank Dekker and how the film became a reality. * Cast of the Creeps - (15:56) Featuring a reunion of the cast (Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow and Tom Atkins) who talk about their involvement in the film and working with each other. * Creating the Creeps - (10:31) How the special make-up FX was created and interviews with David B. Miller (Special Make-Up FX Supervisor), Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman (Special Make-Up FX Creator) talk about their involvement of the film, the challenges due to the short pre-production schedule and more. * Escape of the Creeps - (11:35) Charles Gordon (Producer), Michael Knue (Editor) and Director Frank Dekker talk about how the film became a hit with fans. But also why the ending was changed and how they didn't like the ending the execs wanted. * Legend of the Creeps - (10:59) How over 23-years later, the film has a cult following and Director Frank Dekker and the cast talk about why they think the film has done so well with the fans. Fans talk about why they love the film. And how this film is so different from today's horror films. * Tom Atkins: Man of Action - (19:53) A celebration of Tom Atkins career and talking about his film career and tidbits of the talent he worked with in various films. And how fans love to ask him questions about "Night of the Creeps". * Trivia Track - Fans can watch the film via trivia utilizing subtitles. * Original Theatrical Trailer - (1:32) The original theatrical trailer
"Night of the Creeps: Director's Cut" is a film that has become a cult phenomenon. Over 23-years later and fans continue to enjoy this classic zombie/horror film and it hearkens back to the days when horror films were allowed to have its share of humor and not always were created to frighten the viewer. One of the things that I enjoyed about the film is for the fact that it's hilarious, campy but I feel that in this day and age, horror films have become more or less studio cash cows and writers wanting to create the the most horrific and dark film.
Although, I'm not a horror fan by any means, I can easily remember films such as "Poltergeist", "The Monster Squad" or "The Lost Boys" and although not necessarily horror films in today's standards, back in the 80's, they were very entertaining to watch and the films had its share of scary moments. You were allowed to laugh and be entertained but the clever writing knew when to scare the hell out of you. These were films that families brought their kids out to see and a whole family can be frightened together. "Night of the Creeps" was one of those films that can easily be enjoyed by families and a lot of those kids who watched it back then, are now enjoying it today as adults.
"Night of the Creeps" is a film that pays homage to classic horror films and is a part of Frank Dekker's passion for sci-fi and horror films in the past. The film also has that 80's campiness that some have found enjoyable and some may find it not their cup of tea. But it all comes down to the viewer and if one is wanting a comedy horror film, "Night of the Creeps" is definitely one of the best out there.
As for the DVD release of "Night of the Creeps: Director's Cut", I'm sure people will have their say on what their favorite ending will be but for Frank Dekker, he never was a fan of shock endings and although losing the battle to have his original ending featured in the final theatrical cut, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has given him the thumbs up for a DVD release featuring his original intended ending for the film. Also, I found the reunion by the cast and crew to be wonderful and also fun and enjoyable to not just listen to the commentary but also to see them goof around during the interview portion of the special features. Also, Tom Atkins fans will definitely enjoy a tribute to his career and an interview where Atkins discusses his films and the talents that he has worked with. So, I have no doubt in my mind that fans will find this DVD release to be entertaining and fun to watch. It's a solid DVD release!
Overall, if you are a big fan of this film, I highly recommend "Night of the Creeps: Director's Cut" on DVD or Blu-ray. And yes, you will definitely be "thrilled"."
The Ultimate Horror Comedy
Chris D. Bates | Redondo Beach, CA | 07/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It all starts out with a beautiful black & white prologue at Corman (nudge nudge) University in 1959. Some "creeps" (disgusting little things) come to Earth and attack a young man (they get in through your mouth, turn you into a zombie and plant other "creepers" that shot out of the mouth to infect people). He is caught and frozen solid and (for some reason) kept at the university. Then, in 1986, two friends Chris Romero (nudge, nudge)(Jason Lively) and J.C. (Steve Marshall) unwittingly revive him. He wakes up and attacks the university. Soon, it's overrun by the things--it's up Chris, J.C., Cynthia Cronenberg (nudge nudge) and Detective Cameron (nudge nudge) to battle them.
As you can see this movie doesn't take itself seriously for one moment. Heck, there's even a cameo from Dick Miller! And it IS very funny (especially some of J.C.'s lines). But it doesn't shy away from blood and gore--there's PLENTY of that. And it is creepy (sorry) more than once. They even break one of the rules of horror films--POSSIBLE SPOILER AHEAD--a sympathetic character (I won't say who) dies and it's actually one of the film's more unpleasant moments (you don't see it but you HEAR it). As 83 minutes it doesn't overstay it's welcome and ends with an all out massacre (I'm REALLY surprised--and pleased--that this got an R rating). There are some gaps in the plot (things happen way too quickly and characters just automatically correctly guess what's going on) but this is a small quibble.
I saw this back on video in 1986 after Fangoria magazine raved about it. I loved it--then it disappeared. I never even saw it again until today! Here's another great movie awaiting rediscovery. From what I heard Sony owns the rights--hopefully we'll see the DVD someday.
A fun, scary, gory movie. A 10 all the way! "The good news is that your dates are here. The bad news is they're dead!""
23 years for a decent home version?...Totally worth waiting!
ANAHITA | Indian Restaurant | 10/08/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"An under-appreciated gem of campy sci-fi-tinged horror, this directional debut from director Fred Dekker 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. Virtually unnoticed during its brief theatrical run, this wildly entertaining horror-comedy achieved a cult status following its home-video release. This low-budget effort throws alien monsters, axe-wielding killers, flesh-eating zombies, nudity, and drunken fraternity pranks into a blender, spiced with witty one-liners and references to dozens of horror 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 who open a 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 sorority girls. The town's only hope seems to be a hard-boiled ex-cop 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
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. 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.
Now that i've widely spoke my mind, i must turn the table in a violent fashion and speak this out loud, to the top of my lungs: 11 years for the DVD release of one of the funniest, most entertaining campy B-flicks of the 80`s? An extended director's cut in Blu-ray only covers 50% of the misery we've suffered over the years, trying to get a decent version of this deliriously entertaining classic.
BLU-RAY edition of "night of the creeps- Director's cut".
Intro: The sound/video quality is very decent with bright colors and compressing, and good depth for the only audio channel. Below blu-ray standards because there is not much to enhance after all, this is a great work considering the fact that this movie never had an official dvd release untill October 2009 and was available only on VHS since 1987. The movie is restored at the best possible from the original tapes. Grainy on big tv sets, must look great on 21 to 26" tv sets.
The director's cut feature is the adding of the original ending Fred Dekkar planned for this movie, instead of what he calls a popular "cheap scare" for the current horror B-movies back in the middle 80's.
1-Commentary with writer / director Fred Dekkar: 2-Cast commentary. 3-Original theatrical ending: Less effective and corny in my opinion, glad he put the original ending the company didn't wanted for reasons you will know. 4-Deleted scenes: Little gems that should have been included, specially the phone conversations alerting dead bodies. 5-Five Featurettes: Birth / Cast / Creating / Escape / Legend of the Creeps: These featurettes are very recent interviews with the director, cast and crew and the promotion of the 2009 director's cut. Because of the very little amount of behind-the-scenes footage (only a few pictures), these featurettes are almost entirely based on conversations. 6-Tom Atkins, man of action: An interview with actor Tom Atkins. 7-Trivia Track. 8-Original theatrical trailer. 9-Previews: Blu-ray and 4 special editions of other releases. 10-English language and subtitles. 11-BD live
The Blu-ray Menu features are very simple and not exactly according to the movie's gory humor: Just a bar with a blood stain as an indicator and the sound of what could be a blade. Never the less, this is a very satisfactory edition for fans who waited 20 years for this classic. The 80's feel of the movie is priceless. "
Well worth the wait brilliant release
Dave. K | Staten Island, Ny | 11/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"NIGHT OF THE CREEPS BLU-RAY
***** Out of 5
Release Date- October 27th, 2009
Long out of print Fred Dekker's cult classic Night of the Creeps finally makes it's much anticipated debut on DVD and Blu-ray. Upon its theatrical release, Night of the Creeps despite being made on a low budget failed to turn a profit, which is something that has plagued the career of Fred Dekker with The Monster Squad and RoboCop 3 also being box office failures. When The Monster Squad finally got its due with a SE DVD it gave fans hope for Night of the Creeps would get one and it took a couple of years, but we can throw away our worn out VHS and bootlegs; this is the unrated Director's Cut, but it's the same movie you've seen before except the ending; the ending used was how Fred Dekker originally wanted to end the movie.
THE MOVIE The very definition of a cult classic; it's funny has some decent suspense and great characters with strong writing and directing. Night of the Creeps is the kind of movie you can watch over and over again it's just that much fun to watch.
PACKAGE DESIGN Why must studios change the original art work? Night of the Creeps like many pre-90s movies had some great poster art, but like many it was changed for the release. The new artwork is terrible! Anchor Bay and Blue-Underground almost always keep the original art, but the bigger companies almost always change it. The DVD cover is even worse than the Blu-ray artwork. It's not the worst I suppose, but if you've seen the original artwork you'll hate the new cover as much as I do. I'm tempted to slightly lower my rating, but as annoying as it is to have the artwork changed I'll deal with since Night of the Creeps has finally been released.
AUDIO COMMENTARY- Fred Dekker & Michael Felsher This rates as one of my favorite commentary tracks; Dekker is nothing, but honest and mentions stuff he didn't like about the movie. Michael Felsher is from Red Shirt Pictures and is the producer of the DVD and Blu-ray. Dekker and Felsher work well together and there are never any lulls in the talking and it's also very informative.
AUDIO COMMENTARY- Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, Tom Atkins Excellent track and is informative and really funny at times; the cast clearly get along well and are clearly having fun with this commentary.
ORIGINAL THEATRICAL ENDING (HD)- 28-Seconds This is the ending most people have seen, but this wasn't the intended ending by Fred Dekker; I liked this ending just as much as the other ending; while I wouldn't say this ending was dark, but it wasn't exactly happy either and actually I think the ending used on this release is a little better overall, but if you don't like the ending in the movie you can always watch the theatrical ending on the disc; both are good and while I slightly favor the ending used on this release it's one of those I could probably switch back and forth on, which I like more.
DELETED SCENES (SD)- 7:39 A lot of times scenes are deleted for good reason, but every so often you'll find some excellent stuff and this is one of those times; the deleted scenes are really enjoyable and while their loss doesn't hurt the movie they could have been put back in without hurting the pacing.
THRILL ME: THE MAKING OF NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (HD)- 59:46 This is a 5-part documentary that covers the whole movie; interviews with cast and crew members; Fred Dekker, Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, Charles Gordon, Michael Knue, David Miller, Howard Berger, Robert Kurtzman, Todd Masters, Barry Devorzon. Here's a brief look at what the making of covers;
Birth of the Creeps- 10:40 Excellent feature, which touches upon Fred Dekker's time at UCLA and how the basic concept came about; highly informative with just enough information
Cast of the Creeps- 15:47 This focuses only on the cast and this was possibly my favorite of the features. The cast shares their memories of making the movie and tease each other through out. The one thing made clear is there was a bond between the cast and it shows big time in the film and they all seem to still have a strong bond all these years later. They also talk about their characters and how they related to them; again this was a great feature.
Creating the Creeps- 10:32 This one covers all the F/X of the film and it's a lot of fun and we get some good information. Many of the Make up crew also appear in the film and later appear as zombies and that was done to save time and money.
Escape of the Creeps- 11:34 This one covers the post production and how the screenings didn't go over well it also explained is why the ending was changed and we briefly get into reshoots and how the poor marketing resulted in a box office flop; this was another strong feature.
Legend of the Creeps- 10:59 The last look at the movie goes over the cult status the film has gained and there are also brief interviews with a few fans; Once again this disc delivers this was another winner.
TOM ATKINS: MAN OF ACTION (HD)- 19:54 If you are a fan of Tom Atkins (and really who isn't?) you'll enjoy this one; this has Tom Atkins explaining how he first got into acting and he talks about some of the movies he's done in his career; Shane Black who wrote Lethal Weapon went to UCLA with Fred Dekker and would later write the Monster Squad with Dekker was often on the set of Night of the Creeps and was shopping the script around for Lethal Weapon and wanted Tom Atkins for the role of Riggs, which later went to Mel Gibson; Atkins does appear briefly in the movie; so yeah this was yet another strong feature and again fans of Tom Atkins will enjoy this most.
THEATRICAL TRAILER (HD)- 1:30 No need to explain this.
TRIVIA TRACK I'm not the biggest fan of trivia tracks, but this one was fairly good I suppose; we get some decent information and the track is constantly popping up through the movie. Nothing I hate more than when its minutes and minutes between.
TRANSFER Night of the Creeps makes its debut in HD and the picture quality was very sharp; there is some grain and dirt during the movie, which is to be expected, but it's not all that noticeable and as the movie goes on you'll notice it even less in the scenes it does pop up in, but there aren't many scenes with much grain.
I had high expectations for the Blu-ray and I wasn't disappointed at all in the transfer; of all the Blu-ray's I own from movies released in the 80s or prior Night of the Creeps just might have my favorite transfer or the very least top 3. While this movie may not be used as a demo and again there is some grain and dirt, but it never serves as a distraction and the colors are sharp and the movie just looks amazing. I haven't seen the DVD, but odds are they are taken from the same source and differences probably won't be that much different, but due to the higher resolution the BD will be sharper; I suppose for a few extra dollars it's worth buying on Blu-ray even if odds are there won't be a huge difference is picture quality; but again the Blu-ray transfer is top notch and Creeps looks amazing in HD.
AUDIO I wasn't sure what to expect out of the audio; quite honestly a lot of 80s and pre-80s flicks I don't think always benefit from a new sound mix; while they don't sound bad I do sometimes switch over to the original track, but the sound quality on Night of the Creeps was very good; maybe not great, but no complaints here.
FINAL WORDS ON THE DISC The wait for Night of the Creeps was more than worth it; this just might be the best release of 2009. The transfer is strong as is the audio and the extras all really deliver big time. In this day and age DVD and Blu-ray releases seem to be getting weaker and weaker, but this disc very much delivers on just about everything there is to know about the movie. And last of all the movie itself is still just as great as ever; this disc comes highly recommended."