December 19, 2010

Night of the Creeps (Zombie Classic)

On the seventh day of zombie, my true love gave to me.....

     7 creeps a-creeping
                   6 cricket bats a-swinging
                   5 voodoo slaves.
                   4 green syringes,
                   3 eye gougings,
                   2-4-5 Trioxin,
                   and a Sumatran rat-monkey.


Director: Fred Dekker
Writers: Fred Dekker
Stars: Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, and Tom Atkins

SYNOPSIS: Parasitic alien slugs come to earth and turn humans and corpses into their zombie hosts. Three college kids and a burnt out alcoholic cop (Atkins) take up arms against the slugs when they turn prom night into an undead Night of the Creeps.

BEST LINE: "Thrill me."

BEST SCENE: Police corner an axe-wielding corpse in an alley. Cameron (Atkins) blasts it in the head with a shot gun, releasing a shower of parasitic slugs onto the street.

CLASSIC STATUS: Fred Dekker didn't make many films during his career, but his first feature -- Night of the Creeps -- is a fun, exciting, and grotesque love letter to B-movies and drive-in horror. Night of the Creeps was successful in its limited theatrical run, but it was rare on video and lived, essentially, on the bootleg video market until getting a recent DVD and Bluray release. Well-acted, full of inventive and creative zombie effects, and just plain fun, Night of the Creeps has been an overlooked classic for years that has recently come into its own as one of the better zombie films of the 1980s.