Night of the Creeps (1986)

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Night of the Creeps (1986)

Post  BoG on Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:38 pm

This one begins with an odd flashback of sorts (even if it's the 1st scene) in 1959, hinting at a connection to the old fright flics from the fifties: something from outer space lands nearby a young couple necking in their car. The guy gets an alien slug in his mouth while the chick gets hacked to death with an ax by a roving maniac. Oh-ka-a-ay... cut to a college campus in 1986: for some reason, the guy with an alien slug has been kept in cryogenic stasis in a science lab here. Two of the main characters - local college dweebs - free the frozen dude and the plot soon becomes clear: people get a slug or slugs in them, turn briefly into zombies, collapse as their heads split open, dispensing more slugs into the area. The other main character is a detective (Tom Atkins) who had been a rookie cop when the 1959 incident happened.

This is a flawed parody of the sci-fi/horror staple in film, as well as an homage, combining gross creatures from outer space, zombie threats and even psycho killers. The flaw has to do with most of the actors, who besides Atkins, are little more than amateurs and inexperienced. But, they're not that out of place since most films of this nature are filled by amateur theatrics. The girls are very cute, especially the main role played by Jill Whitlow. What is clever is how the subplot of a psycho killer is eventually meshed with the larger plot of alien parasites, where in the early scenes there didn't seem to be any connection and it appeared to be arbitrary. Dick Miller pops up as the cop in charge of an armory, similar to his role in The Terminator (84). Overall, an amusing version of the usual gross shenanigans about alien invasion. BoG's Score: 6.5 out of 10

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Trivia of Creeps:
most of the names of the main characters are tributes to well-known directors of this genre - Romero, Cronenberg, Dante, Raimi, Carpenter, etc.
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