Bluray Review – Night of the Creeps (1986)

The first few minutes of the movies are set in 1959 and that entire aesthetic was presented very well, to the point that I wouldn’t have minded the entire motion picture be set in that world. Space slugs end up in Southern California and one goes in the mouth of a dude who is then cryogenically frozen, because why not? 27 years later, a fraternity prank gone wrong results in many space slugs being released and there’s a lot of havoc. Among the people who try to stop this are two dorky loser college kids at Corman University and Tom Atkins, a cop forever haunted by his past.

It is a silly yet fun tale which has some surprisingly poignant moments and it is easy to root for both the hard-nosed cop played by Atkins (named Cameron, which is one of the many horror nods) and the two dorky college kids who perhaps have a homoerotic relationship but for sure Jason Lively‘s character-Romero-wishes to have a girlfriend… he is tremendously awkward around the opposite sex. There are some nice horror moments and gory moments to go along with the laughs and if you don’t like the stereotypical D-bag fratboy tool type, then you will love the ultimate fate of the ones you see in Night of the Creeps. The leader of that troop is known as The Bradster, which is all you need to know about his loathsome nature.

Mix in effects that are all practical and look fine or better, and no surprise that while this unfortunately flopped, this naturally became a cult favourite with the passage of time.

Peter Fletcher

Horror, Comedy | USA, 1986 | 18| 15th Ocotber 2018 (UK) | Blu-Ray & DVD | Eureka Entertainment | Dir.Fred Dekker | Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow

Special Features

  • Audio commentary by writer / director Fred Dekker
  • Audio commentary by actors Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall and Jill Whitlow
  • Thrill Me: Making Night of the Creeps – an hour-long series of video pieces on the making of the film featuring new interviews with cast and crew
  • “Tom Atkins: Man of Action” featurette
  • Video Interview with Fred Dekker
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Original theatrical ending
  • Trivia track 
  • A limited-edition booklet featuring a new essay by critic Craig Ian Mann (First Print Run Only)