Night of the Creeps
Directed by Fred Dekker. US. 1986. R. 88 minutes. Sony. 35mm.
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Fri., March 2, 2012
Bonus: We’ll be screening the award-winning short The Furred Man along with Night of the Creeps! “Fred Dekkers 1986 horror-comedy Night Of The Creeps had the curious distinction of being simultaneously anachronistic and ahead of its time. By the mid-80s, the heyday of campy, drive-in-ready B-movies about square young men battling creepy-crawlies from another world while trying to muster up the courage to ask their gals to the big dance had long passed. But the winking meta-commentary of Scream and Hot Fuzz wasnt yet in vogue. Like Dekkers simpatico next film, The Monster Squad, Creeps picked up a cult following, but that must be cold comfort to its writer-director, who hasnt made a film since 1993s RoboCop 3.
Fresh off the success of European Vacation, the blandly affable Jason Lively plays a geeky college student who pledges to a frat in a desperate attempt to impress dreamy Jill Whitlow. In the process, Lively and sidekick Steve Marshall end up unleashing a sinister entity that transforms people into incubators for sinister slug-like creatures from outer space. Veteran character actor Tom Atkins receives the full iconic treatment as a hard-drinking, memory-haunted detective with a personal connection to the alien invaders. (Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club)