Night of the Creeps (1986)

Directed by: Fred Dekker
Produced by: Charles Gordon
Written by: Fred Dekker
Starring: Jason Lively, Steve Marshall,
Jill Whitlow,Tom Atkins, Allan Kayser,
Wally Taylor
Released: August 22, 1986

A capsule is jettisoned from an alien space ship launched at the Earth in 1959. What transpires is a slasher prologue set up in the 1950’s, an 80’s college jock vs nerd-for-the girl yarn, grotesque slugs from an alien world that invade human bodies and turn them into undead monsters, and a smart-assy hard-boiled detective that links the zombie outbreak with an incident he was investigating in 1959.

It’s a great recipe for a fun cult horror movie. Take one part teenage coming of age romp, a pinch of retro sci-fi b-movie throwback, one veteran horror mainstay in Tom Atkins as the surly Detective Ray Cameron leading the fight, a heaping dose of cheese – mix it all up and you get this 1980’s awesome cult classic throwback to the 1950’s. It’s got some frights, great make up effects, some groan inducing dialogue, and is just all around fun.

Best Line:
DETECTIVE RAY CAMERON (Tom Atkins): “Girls, the good news is your dates are here; the bad news is, they’re dead

Night of the Creeps was a financial flop at the box office. But it developed a huge cult following after it was released on home video. This was one of my favorite horror films growing up. I haven’t seen it in over 20 years and after watching it yesterday, I’m quite thrilled that I still love it!


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