Wow, what a cool little film that I had never heard of until now. It’s to no surprise that this is a cult classic to those who grew up with it. Director/ writer Fred Dekker has a truly creative mind right down to the monster font used in the opening credits. They really pop out in Blu-ray especially on its black and white background. (How the film starts out.) You got to be in whacky acceptable mood when watching this otherwise you may just cringe at this flick. It’s definitely zany! It’s a definite fun watch to say the least. Right from the very beginning you will have a “What the hell” moment as small little aliens are chasing another around a ship when a canister of some sorts gets out into the universe not to their liking. The next scene then opens up; 1959 in California where a killer is on the loose. One of the sorority girls and a jock are parking when all of a sudden what looks to be a star falling or meteor comes crashing down before their very eyes not too far from them.
A young police officer who you can tell had a relationship with this young lady tells her to go home. The jock drives off with her in search for this “falling star” of theirs. A newsflash on the radio suspects the killer is close to where they have now parked their car on the side of the highway. She gets worked up and is calling his name but he’s too busy in the woods trying to find what fell from the sky. Finally, he finds the canister which then shoots some gook or something out at him as he hits the ground the scene flashes back to the highway where the killer has not come up to the car axe in hand. You already know what is about to happen next as he cocks back his swing and her face ever so slightly goes to turn to look at the noise heard close to her and the scene flashes as the axe comes right down on her neck leaving you to fill in the rest.
Flash forward to the 80’s and you got two geeks Chris and JC played by Jason Lively and Steve Marshall fumbling about on how to get the chicks. The two walk right by the beta house at their college campus and instantly it’s love at first sight for Cynthia played by Jill Whitlow. In a wildly attempt to woo Cynthia they try to join the frat as they feel it’s the only way how. The pledge they have been offered? Place a corpse on a rival frats entrance. During their break in/waltz in of a nearby laboratory they stumble upon a cryogenically frozen corpse of the said body of the student who was hit by the alien slugs long ago from the canister. In their brazen attempt to transport this body it regains consciousness and escapes. Enter Tom Atkins, the now aged police detective who has been called in to investigate the disappearance of the body. It isn’t long after that this alien possessed zombie is spreading to others when they fall victim and it’s up to J.C., Chris, Cynthia, and Ray (Tom Atkins) to save the day.
Although this sounds absolutely off-the-wall and terrible whilst reeking of a B movie, it most certainly isn’t. Well, at least not the terrible part. Night of the Creeps is a very fun film for those who aren’t up tight and love Sci-Fi movies mixed with craziness, horror, and comedy.
As good as it’ll get! Night of the Creeps received what I believe is a great transfer for a movie of this magnitude. Especially since this is a low-key movie. Throughout the movie there seems to be a lot of directorial decisions possibly regarding the picture quality. For instance, there is a definitely a level of film grain during the black and white 1959 scenes at the beginning. Nice lush colors are see though through the 80’s section. There is fine attention to detail in most scenes but the flesh tones seem a bit red throughout. On the other hand, it’s odd as it may be more so because the actors had on a lot of makeup. It is however a bit hard to tell. For a movie with so many night scenes this one really came out well for an old flick. Definitely a great job done here by the technicians, fans will rest easy knowing one of their favorites got a more than fair treatment.
Blasting its way onto the scene Night of the Creeps comes packed with a superbly mixed DTS HD Master 5.1 lossless audio track. Great clarity and dialogue reproduction is heard throughout with a nice ambience. Speakers are well utilized in their presence with each scene. Great special sound effects are used to really bring this movie to life during alien scenes. When the movie opens up in 1959 and the 50’s music is playing it truly engulfs you in the current environment to pull you right into that sound stage. Same can be said about when the film flashes forward to 1986 and the 80’s music is playing in the frat house party where everyone is dancing. It’s almost surprising how much attention this film has gotten for its blu-ray release and it also leaves me with jealousy compared to bigger notable films that I felt were lack luster compared to this title. (Namely, Robin Hood.) Such an awesome job done here by the folks on the mix/master and audio transfer for this title. Audioholics will be happy so long as they take into affect the time that this movie was made.
Halloween is almost here, but the dosage of supplements this title receives makes you feel like it’s closer to Thanksgiving. Night of the Creeps gets a great helping of bonus features that should make any true fans of this film become aroused.
Thrill Me: Making “Night of the Creeps” (1080p, 59:46) Shown here is a five-part documentary that shows the film’s evolution. From past to presence, from its origin to its cult following.
Birth of the Creeps (10:41)
Cast of the Creeps (15:58)
Creating the Creeps (10:33)
Escape of the Creeps (11:34)
Legend of the Creeps (10:59)
Not to be forgotten is the largely known original theatrical ending in 1080p (0:29). Being as how this was the Directors Cut it included the ending that had never been seen before thus the inclusion of the original ending as well.
Commentary Tracks: The first with Writer/Director Fred Dekker and Michael Felsher of Red Shirt Pictures. The track covers tons of tidbit information to designs of the aliens, sound effects, fonts, casting the roles, etc.
The second track is that of the cast. Jill Whitlow, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, and Jason Lively which differs immensely from that of the Directors track but is a fun listen as well.
Tom Atkins: Man of Action: (1080p, 19:55) A look into Tom Atkins, shows his hometown and experiences spanning his acting career and his insight on Night of the Creeps.
The original trailer in 1080p and seven deleted scenes in 480p.
A slew of Sony Pictures trailers.
Plus, the ability for future possible updates with BD-Live.
Don’t let the packaging art fool you, this film isn’t a trick but yet a treat. I was blown back by how fun this film is and it was nice to see a film that blended two genres together seamlessly. (Sci-Fi and Horror) Fred Dekker deserves a lot of credit on this one as it was a lot of little moments of attention to detail in the directing that really make this film a nice little gem. The picture quality and audio quality are absolutely great for a release of this caliber. Cult fans of this movie will probably lose their top at the sensational total transfer this film has gotten with its release to blu-ray. Lots of good supplements surround this film, and when I say surround this film I’m talking about the original director intended ending has been placed at the ending as opposed to many discs where it would be in the special features. Speaking of supplements, there is plenty to choose from which help this film in its overall rating here at BRC. I highly recommend this title for a rent for those weary of the title and a purchase for those whom know of this title already. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.