Night of the Creeps (1986) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Night of the Creeps (1986) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Night of the Creeps (1986) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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Night of the Creeps (1986) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Fred Dekker
Starring: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Scream Factory

Thrill me! When an alien experiment goes awry, it crashes to Earth in 1959 and infects a young college student. Twenty-seven years later, his cryogenically frozen body is thawed out by fraternity pledges … and the campus is quickly overrun by alien creatures whose victims turn into zombies! Fred Dekker’s thoroughly enjoyable throwback chiller deftly mixes all sorts of genres while simultaneously having fun with them (the college and all the leading characters are named after famous horror movie directors).

Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie, and suddenly I see where Slither got their plot from! But either way, this film is just great folks. We start in space, we dip down in the ’50s and we then get our stuff rolling in the ’80s. So when you think of all that being together in one movie you just got to wonder how could it NOT be awesome? Kudos to director Fred Dekker because not only IS this movie awesome but I now no longer feel The Monster Squad is his best film. So in a movie that is loaded with the cheese of the ’80s (and that’s a good thing) what I feel stands out the most is none other than Detective Ray Cameron played by one of my all-time favorites Tom Atkins. Had Tom been THIS man in Halloween 3 I feel there would have been a ton of kids that would have been saved from having their heads nuked that night.

Also, I must show some love to the fact that once people are turned into Zombies in this movie they still don’t run! I mean this was a logical reason to have running Zombies, it’s a comedy, and it’s fresh cadavers, but they still stick with the “rule” and you gotta respect that. Also if you watch this you’ll see where Peter Jackson got the idea for the Dead-Alive lawnmower to a zombie scene! The only complaint I have at all about this one is the fact that there are some parts that just drag water. However, that’s understandable because we are also working a teen movie type romance plot in with everything. And that’s not terrible because I enjoyed having Cynthia (played by the lovely Jill Whitlow) on the screen, she looks great holding a flame thrower. However, I do wish more of the middle of the movie was like the final 30 minutes of the movie..because to me that was just epic stuff! Scream Factory doesn’t give us a new transfer on this release but we do get two cuts of the film on two discs with lots of new extras.

Extras

DISC ONE: THEATRICAL VERSION
– Thrill Me!: The Making Of Night Of The Creeps – A Five-Part Documentary On The Making Of The Film Featuring Interviews With Writer/Director Fred Dekker, Actors Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, Producer Charles Gordon, And More
– Tom Atkins: Man Of Action – A Look At The Actor’s Career
– Deleted Scenes
– Theatrical Trailer
DISC TWO: DIRECTOR’S CUT
– NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – A Look At The Film’s Locations Today With Host Sean Clark, Director Fred Dekker And Actor Jason Lively
– NEW Real Good Plan – An Interview With Actor Jason Lively
– NEW The Bradster – An Interview With Actor Alan Kayser
– NEW I Vote For That One – An Interview With Actor Ken Heron
– NEW Worst Coroner Ever – An Interview With Actor Vic Polizos
– NEW Answering The Door – An Interview With Actress Suzanne Snyder
– NEW Final Cut – An Interview With Editor Michael N. Knue
– Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Fred Dekker
– Audio Commentary With Actors Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, And Jill Whitlow

Quality of Transfer: 94%

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