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Night of the Creeps (1986)




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Three points for that title alone! But Night of the Creeps has a lot more going for it; this maiden directorial effort by Fred Dekker is a dextrous amalgam of sci-fi, horror, and laughter. Nerdish college freshmen Jason Lively and Steve Marshall pledge to a fraternity, hoping to scope out the best chicks. As part of their initiation, the boys must sneak into the college's medical center. Here they find the frozen remains of a boy who swallowed an alien slug (that's right, operator) back in 1959. The corpse thaws, the space slugs are unleashed on campus, and.....AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! You gotta love a low-budget scarefest that names all of its characters after horror-film directors: Romero, Cronenberg, Cameron, Landis, Hooper, Raimi, and on into the night. And what would a "retro" terror flick from the 1980s be without the supporting-cast presence of the ubiquitous Dick Miller?

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Jason Lively
as Chris Romero
Steve Marshall
as J.C. Hooper
Jill Whitlow
as Cynthia Cronenberg
Tom Atkins
as Ray Cameron
Wally Taylor
as Detective Landis
Bruce Solomon
as Sgt. Raimi
Vic Polizos
as Coroner
Ken Heron
as Johnny
David Paymer
as Young Scientist
Evelyne Smith
as House Mother
Ivan E. Roth
as Psycho Zombie
Dan Frishman
as Alien Zombie
Kevin Thompson (II)
as Alien Pursuer
David Alan Johnson
as Young Roy Cameron
Joseph S. Griffo
as Alien Pursuer
Katherine Britton
as Sorority Girl on Phone
Leslie Ryan
as Sorority Girl with Hairbrush
Russel Moss
as Biff, Beta
Dave Alan Johnson
as Young Roy Cameron
Suzanne Snyder
as Lisa, Kappa Delta
Jay Wakemann
as Judy, Kappa Delta
Elizabeth Cox
as Kathy, Kappa Delta
Emily Fiola
as Jennifer, Kappa Delta
Russell Moss
as Biff, Beta
Richard DeHaven
as Dick, Beta
John J. York
as Todd, Beta
Jim Townsend
as Chett, Beta
Tex Donaldson
as Cop Outside Sorority
Jay Arlen Jones
as Cop at Police Station
Craig Schaefer
as Irksome Cop at Cryogenics Lab
Richard Sassin
as Irksome Cop at Murder Scene
Robert Kerman
as Policeman with Searchlight
Jack Lightsy
as Patrol Car Driver
Elizabeth Alda
as Cop in Alley
David B. Miller
as Beta Zombie
Arick Stillwagon
as Beta Zombie
Robert Kurtzman
as Beta Zombie
Ted Rae
as Beta Zombie
Alexander Folk
as Cop in Morgue
Keith Werle
as Beta Zombie
Earl C. Ellis Jr.
as Beta Zombie
Howard Berger
as Beta Zombie
Beal Carrotes
as Beta Zombie
Robert Kino
as Mr. Miner
Todd Bryant
as Informative Student
Dawn Schroder
as Sorority Girl at Squad Car
Dick Miller
as Police Armorer
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All Critics (19)

...a decent (if somewhat lackluster) homage/throwback from filmmaker Dekker.

July 29, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a great mix of wit, character work, genre-blending and, perhaps most importantly, it has a great sense of timing and pacing.

February 21, 2020 | Full Review…

If the film falls well short of greatness, it is due to the director's inability to step outside himself as a horror fan and deliver a film that is effective on its own terms, rather than simply trading on the past greatness of the classics.

November 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Night of the Creeps lacks the cynicism of a typical 80s horror flick, and it's almost wholesome as far as movies about nerds pursuing a hot girl out of their league go.

August 16, 2019 | Rating: 8.5 | Full Review…

An entertaining riff on alien-invasion flicks, zombie flicks, and slasher flicks.

July 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Sit back, relax, at let your brain get slowly munched-on.

October 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Night of the Creeps

there are two particularly nice ways that your senior prom can turn out. one way is that you go with your sweetheart, grow deeper in love with them, learn how special and limited your time with them may be and decide you will marry them someday, then you take her home and make love to her for the first time. the other fun way to spend prom, which is what i experienced, is to go two hours late smelling like weed, not talk to anyone except the people you hate, take all the cookies from the snack table home with you, wrapped in napkins in your pockets, and eat them home alone while making yourself smell even more like weed. if your experience turns out like the first example, then i hope your prom date's head doesn't unzip like a banana peel and release a family of slugs. because then you will have to use the second plan. but it could be a bit hard to get high after witnessing this so i hope that you stick to plan B from the very beginning.

Coxxie Mild Sauce
Coxxie Mild Sauce

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Night Of The Creeps is a wonderful tribute to all the classic horror films of the 1950's. Directed by Fred Dekker, Night Of The Creeps is a wonderful B movie that contains so many references to other horror films and directors, it's impossible to hate. For example, ever character is named after a famed horror director and the plot itself could have been a film made in the 50's. The film works so well, and is constantly fun, horrifying, cheesy and above amusing. Watching Night Of The Creeps, you're guaranteed to have a good time. The actors here are wonderful and one performance stands alone, that of Tom Atkins as the sarcastic cop, Ray Cameron. Sure, Night Of The Creeps may not be that original, but man is it a fun, and entertaining horror film. The film succeeds at capturing the feel of the 50's classics. Night Of The Creeps is a memorable horror film that because its an homage to old horror flicks, it makes it more enjoyable and you come to appreciate how derivative it is. Night Of The Creeps is all good fun, and is a terrific film. Fred Dekker has crafted a fine horror film that will appeal to every horror fan because it pays tribute to so many films and directors in the process, that one cannot help but enjoy the creative aspect behind the film. Night Of The Creeps is an essential film to watch during the Halloween season and overall is one of best horror films of the 1980's.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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Oh how I love these tacky cheesy old 80's 'video nasty' horror's hehe the stuff of late night legend when your parents were out with friends for the evening and you were alone with the babysitter who was slightly too young and had no idea how to really care for you lol!! This is just what you ordered for retro crapola, the effects are now abit iffy but still amusing and quite effective for the film (kinda), its just nice to see makeup and real handmade craftsmanship for the blood n gore instead of cgi boredom. The plot of course is out there and I don't think I even need to go into it, cast are pretty much unknowns accept for 80's legend Jason Lively who is OK, the rest are just the usual teen fodder. Its decent enough and was pretty scary back in the day but now its like watching funny archives :) worth alook for the makeup.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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