Night of the Creeps Movie Review

Release: 1986, Rating: R, Run time: 88 min.

I don’t think I can even count on my fingers and toes anymore, how many times I’ve said I can’t believe I haven’t seen such and such movie before. Night of the Creeps is the perfect example of this. It’s from the 80s, it’s got Tom Atkins, in probably his best role ever and it also has weird zombie-like creatures, who have slugs bursting from their heads. How sweet does this sound and how come only now, am I getting around to finally watching this?!? For shame Tatlock, for shame!!

Short nitty-gritty plot description from IMDb is as follows: Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their
host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Chris (Jason Lively) and J.C. (Steve Marshall) are about to do the stupidest thing possible.

Night of the Creeps starts off with a big bang, as we are treated to some weird ass aliens, who kinda looks like a pissed off naked ET and one of them is frantic to release a mysterious container into space. From this strange opening, we then jump to Earth and it’s 1959. The movie all of a sudden starts echoing The Blob and a popular urban legend, involving an escaped convict on the loose. The mysterious container from before, crash lands on Earth and a pair of lovers go investigate. A few terrible, but awesome things later and we jump ahead to 1986.

E.T is pissssed off!

The movie from here on out involves two friends, Chris (Jason Lively) and J.C. (Steve Marshall), who are in university and are just trying to have a good time. Chris sees a girl, the beautiful Cynthia (Jill Whitlow) and instantly falls in love with her and I mean instantly. Like a second into locking eyes on her, he’s all crazy like and wants to marry her. Yikes! To win her love, he deems it necessary to join a fraternity. The fraternity, lead by douche bag Brad (Allan Kayser), tells the guys they need to steal a dead body and put it on the steps of a fellow fraternity. (Uhhh, the 80s.) The two guys agree and head to the local morgue. Unfortunately for them, something strange is being kept frozen at the morgue and the two stupidly release it. It quickly starts spreading its “disease”, which involves slugs bursting from your brain, but not before turning you into a walking corpse. Cut to the legendary Tom Atkins, as Ray Cameron, a grizzled cop, who gets roped up in the mysterious events and walks around spouting, “Thrill Me” and acting freaking cool as shit. Trust me, folks, the world will be okay, if Tom Atkins is involved.

Tom Atkins, who is about to blow your freaking mind, cause he is so damn awesome!

Night of the Creeps has got it all. It’s fun, funny and gory. The special effects are hilariously fantastic. The acting is cheesy, but fits perfectly into the tone of the movie and just makes me enjoy the damn thing more. Of course, the biggest selling feature for me, if you haven’t already guessed, is the kick-ass Tom Atkins, who has a blast with the role. My god, this man rocks! Oh, I also can’t forget to mention that the movie is directed by The Monster Squad man himself, Fred Dekker (*cough* who also directed RoboCop 3 *end cough*).

It can’t be an 80s movie, without a douche bag (Allan Kayser as Brad).

This movie can’t be perfect, however, as it decides to kill off someone early on and I think it was a wasted opportunity, as I enjoyed the character. I also would’ve liked to see more about this alien race and slug creatures. It’s hinted in the end, that a sequel would’ve explored them more, but as you know, we never did get one. Damn you, Hollywood! Always messing everything up.

Cynthia (Jill Whitlow) rocking a flame thrower! I don’t think I’ve seen anything hotter. (Ba-zing!)

People dying left and right, slugs exploding forth from heads, Tom Atkins acting like the coolest man alive and an ending that begs for more! How can you not like Night of the Creeps? I mean seriously, it’s like a gift for any horror fan and I feel so guilty having only experienced it now. Still, I’ve finally seen it and I plead for anyone else who hasn’t seen it, to give this damn, awesome and rad movie a chance! You won’t be disappointed, in fact, I think you’ll be thrilled.


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