Night Of The Creeps, directed by Fred Dekker and released in 1986 is a cult classic which the majority of horror nerds knows. The premise of the film is rather simple : alien parasites, which resemble slugs, enter humans through the mouth and turn them into zombies. The movie focuses on two college students, Chris and J.C, who are joined by Detective Cameron to deal with the zombies…and the slugs !
Night Of The Creeps has everything : aliens, zombies, blood and humor. The cherry on top ? It stars our beloved Tom Atkins. Before establishing its main storyline, the film starts in the 1950’s to explain how the parasites end up on Earth. It also manages in a short time to give background to some of the characters which is very useful for future events. This introduction is in black and white and feels like a movie inside the movie. It then skips ahead to the 1980’s where we meet our main characters. Chris and J.C are very likable, funny, dorky and overall good guys. I particularly liked the way they interacted in a very brotherly manner. Their interactions were very funny and they were believable as best friends. The highlight of the film is definitely Tom Atkins who is once again a joy to watch on screen though my favorite character is J.C, our hero’s best friend, who reminded me a bit of Evil Ed from Fright Night.
However, the practical effects are very bad. The director tries to go around the cheap effects by using different angles which does work in some scenes but is too obvious in others. The most atrocious effects were the aliens in the beginning of the film. Does this make the movie bad ? Absolutely not ! If anything, it adds to its overall entertainment value.
Night Of The Creeps is filled with memorable lines including the famous “Thrill Me” ! It is hard to explain why this film is a classic but once you watch it, you will understand within minutes. There is nothing to dislike about Night Of The Creeps. I’ll go as far as state this : I think I just watched what is now one of my favorite films. Night Of The Creeps is a wonderful B-movie and a delightful piece of 80’s cheesy goodness. I cannot recommend it enough.