This Months Screening

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Night Of The Creeps

night of the creeps film posterFred Dekker's is one of the unsung masters of 80's horror.

This is the same director who made many a horror-fan/childhood dream come true when he mixed a variation of ‘The Goonies’ with the classic Universal Studio Monsters to come up with eventual cult favourite ‘The Monster Squad’.


His debut feature was Night of the Creeps, a truly excellent film that barely saw the light of day, that is, up until its highly deserved release on U.S. Bluray (it works on all regions) back in 2009.



After a canister of brain parasites are hijacked from an alien vessel and shot directly towards our planet, an invasion during the 1950’s by the Creeps is momentarily put on hold when the police manage to contain the situation. Fast forward to the 1980’s and the Creeps are set free by Chris (Lively) and J.C (Marshall), two sorority house wannabes. With the help of Detective Ray Cameron (Atkins), Chris and J.C. must stop the Creeps from infesting the sorority before their potential dates are infected(!)

On initial limited release, this film met with fine appraisal, but its status as a superb cult classic has gathered momentum over the years from rotation on U.S. cable television. Dekker has gone on record to call this film "…crap, but it was self-aware crap." Dekker is a bit too harsh on himself, as the film is chock-a-blocked with a slew of random and radical moments (certainly for horror movies during this time) which either use post-modern irony or break the fourth wall, all of this a good ten years before ‘Scream’. Great stuff, but what turns it into a near masterpiece, is the legendary Tom Atkins.

Atkins has played law enforcement roles through-out his career and yet again in this film. From the very moment his character awakes, answers a phone and speaks, you know you’re being introduced to the person who will invariably steal every scene he is in. "Thrill me" he replies, as if to say he’s sick to death playing the same role over and over. The biting cynicism continues through-out; the dialogue becomes increasingly abusive and acerbic, yet Atkins still remains straight-faced through-out, put simply, it’s a painfully funny career defining performance.

Starring: Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, Tom Atkins
Director: Fred Dekker
Screenplay by: Fred Dekker
Date released: Ireland 25 October 2008
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Sci-fi
Duration: 88 min
Official URL: N/A
Reviewed by: Conor Flynn