Monday, 26 October 2015

Night of the Creeps

"Night of the Creeps" (1986, Fred Dekker, TriStar Pictures) is a horror comedy about crawly alien parasites which turn their human hosts into zombies.

Chris (Jason Lively) and his friend, J.C. (Steve Marshall), are two nerdy guys in their freshman year at college. Chris spots a good looking girl called Cynthia (Jill Whitlow) and decides to join a fraternity in order to impress her. Before being allowed to join said fraternity, the boys are challenged with stealing a cadaver from the campus morgue in the medical school. The boys find a cryogenically frozen body, but freak out and run away when it makes a grab for them. The body escapes and releases alien slug creatures which infect the campus, turning any humans they come into contact with into zombies.

It's a campy, satirical horror made in the 80s. You have to know what you're going into before you make any judgement. The effects are cheesy, the characters are cheesy and the 50s flashbacks are, you guessed it; cheesy. And I love it. Not only does this film deliver the cheese in abundance, making an excellent homage to the 50s age of horror B-movies, it also manages to remain very watchable and entertaining.

[Image: TriStar Pictures]