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|NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (director/writer: Fred Dekker; cinematographer: Robert C. New; editor: Michael Knue; music: Barry DeVorzon; cast: Jason Lively (Chris Romero), Steve Marshall (J. C. Hooper), Jill Whitlow (Cindy Cronenberg), Tom Atkins (Det. Ray Cameron), Alice Cardigan (Pam), Wally Taylor (Det. Landis), Bruce Solomon (Sgt. Raimi), Vic Polizos (Coroner), Allan Kayser (Brad), Ken Heron (Johnny), Dick Miller (Walt), David Paymer (Young Scientist), Shane Black (Cop at Police Station), Robert Kurtzman (Beta Zombie), Howard Berger (Beta Zombie); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Charles Gordon; Tri-Star Pictures; 1986)|
sci-fi/horror/comedy set on a college campus."
by Dennis Schwartz
Dekker ("RoboCop3"/"The Monster
Squad"/"House"), in his directorial debut, writes and
directs this low-budget cheesy sci-fi/horror/comedy
set on a college campus, that has background songs by
Paul Anka and The Platters. The youth flick gained
cult status from video release and cable after its
theater release flop, but never soars as a classic
horror pic as its satire goes nowhere when endlessly bringing back movie
clichés without developing this story.
J. C. Hooper (Steve Marshall) and Chris Romero (Jason Lively) are best college buds.
The brash J.C., on crutches, helps the lovesick timid
Chris try to win the heartthrob sorority girl Cindy Cronenberg (Jill Whitlow) by agreeing that both
lads will be frat pledges, which seems the best way to
impress the sweetie. The arrogant Beta frat jock
leader Brad (Allan
Cindy's boyfriend, tells
the boys that they will be allowed to pledge if as a
prank they place a corpse in front of the frat house.
The boys break-into the campus medical facility
and steal a corpse that has been frozen for 27
years, since 1959. That also releases slugs from the
corpse, that if they get in the mouth of its host
lay eggs in the brain and incubate. The host bodies,
of course, become zombies, and go on killing sprees.
veteran detective Ray Cameron (Tom Atkins)
investigates the missing corpse. In the back story
we learn that his ex-girlfriend Pam (Alice Cardigan) was beheaded with an ax
by an escaped serial killer lunatic from the mental
asylum and that her boyfriend Johnny (Ken Heron) saw something bright
crash in the woods and is killed when on the same
night he stumbles upon an alien space-craft that
unloads a parasitic slug in his mouth. This was the
same guy who was cryogenically frozen in the
science lab and released on campus by the frightened
The B-film's set pieces pay homage to 1950's drive-in horror flicks, most of which were so bad they were good. The college is named Corman University, after cult director Roger, while the main protagonists take the last names of horror pic director George Romero and slasher film director Tobe Hooper, while the pretty lead gets the occult director David Cronenberg's last name.
REVIEWED ON 6/16/2013 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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