Night of the Creeps

Synopsis: In 1959, an alien experiment crashes to earth and infects a fraternity member. They freeze the body, but in the modern day, two geeks pledging a fraternity accidentally thaw the corpse, which proceeds to infect the campus with parasites that transform their hosts into killer zombies.
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Fred Dekker
Production: TriStar Pictures
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88 min

Night of the Creeps was the debut

of writerldirector Fred Dekker.

His previous screen credit

was for the original story...

...on the movie, House (1986).

The title sequence was designed

by Ernest Farino...

...who was also responsible for

the title sequences for such films as...

... The Abyss (1989)

And Terminator 2 (1991).

This was the first feature film

for producer Charles Gordon...

...who would later go on to produce

Field of Dreams (1989)...

... Die Hard 2 (1990)

And Waterworld (1995).

If you look closely, you can see that...

...the alien carrying

the container of creeps...

...has in fact been "creeped" himself.

His eyes are the dead giveaway.

The score for the film

was composed by Barry DeVorzon.

His other credits include The Warriors

(1979) and Exorcist III (1990).

He is also an accomplished

rock musician.

Ken Heron, the actor playing Johnny,

is the only actor to appear... both the 1950s and

Excluding dream sequences,

of course.

Alice Cadogan, who plays Pam,

can also be seen... the original Beverly Hills Cop

(1984) as a hotel clerk.

Originally there was a scene here

that introduced Johnny... the other girls in the sorority.

It aired on the television version

of the film.

The actor playing a young Ray

Cameron is Dave Alan Johnson...

...who would later go on to create...

...the television series,

Doc and Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye.

This segment is filled

with classic '50s music, including...

..."Put Your Head on My Shoulder"

and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. "

On the radio is "The Stroll"

by The Diamonds...

...which is repeated

at the end of the film.

It was chosen by Fred Dekker

due to its eerie and hypnotic quality.

The movie is chock-full of homages to

other horror movies and their makers.

Corman University is named after

legendary B movie producer...

...Roger Corman, who created

many of the films...

...that influenced

Night of the Creeps.

Roger Corman has produced

hundreds of films... a career that spans over 50 years

in the business, including...

... Little Shop of Horrors, Battle

Beyond the Stars and Carnosaur.

The creeps in this film were created

by David B. Miller...

...and were made of vinyl.

Hundreds were used in the film.

What looks like a direct hit with

the ax is a forced-perspective shot.

The actor is actually much further away

from the car than he appears...

...and the ax never came close

to the actress.

Jason Lively is famously known

as the second Rusty... National Lampoon's

European Vacation (1985).

He comes from a family of actors.

His father is actor Ernie Lively,

and his sisters are...

...Blake Lively (Gossip Girl)

And Robyn Lively (Teen Witch).

Actor Steve Marshall is not

physically impaired. Just FYI!

The characters of J.C. And Chris

were actually featured... a early short film

of Fred Dekker's.

He carried them over

to the Creeps script.

J.C. Is James Carpenter Hooper

and Chris is Christopher Romero... homage to horror filmmakers

John Carpenter (Halloween)...

...and George Romero

(Night of the Living Dead).

Actress Jill Whitlow had just

come from a starring role... the film, Thunder Run (1986)...

...and had been featured briefly

in the classic comedy, Porky's (1982).

The actor playing the mono-browed

Steve is David Oliver...

...who appeared in the horror film,

The Horror Show in 1989...

...which was released as

House III overseas.

A deleted moment occurred here

as J.C. Valiantly hits on a girl...

...only to be shut down. It was featured

in the television version of the film.

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Fred Dekker

Fred Dekker (born April 9, 1959) is an American screenwriter and film director best known for his cult classic horror comedy films Night of the Creeps and The Monster Squad (written with Shane Black). He contributed the story ideas for House (1986) and Ricochet (1991), and also directed and co-wrote RoboCop 3 with Frank Miller. One of his earliest movies was a short film he made in college titled Starcruisers, directed in the early 1980s. more…

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