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Night Of The Creeps
by: -RoG-

...CONTINUED

So, the cops arrive on the scene and Johnny's body is shown with its face split wide open. Detective Cameron says "Thrill Me" once again, so they lift up the sheet to reveal Johnny's mangled face. A thrill indeed! After seeing it, he has some more flashbacks of '59. I have a sneaking suspicion that our favorite detective took the law into his own hands...

The next day, Chris and J.C. run into Brad and company. Brad informs them that their little prank was not cool because they were supposed to leave the corpse at a rival fraternity, not at the sorority house. Since Chris has no spine, J.C. explains to Brad that they chickened out and didn't even pull off the prank. Brad then kicks J.C.'s crutches out from underneath him, causing him to fall down. "Sorry dorks, don't take it personal." Cynthia witnesses this and she's finally come to her senses and breaks up with Brad is classic style...

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SNAP! YOU DONE GOT TOLD, BRAD!

After that amazing wind-up finger action, Chris and J.C. are brought into police headquarters where Cameron interrogates them with his usual pissed off, hardened cop demeanor. He doesn't even address them by their real names and instead refers to them as "Spanky and Alfalfa". I repeat, Detective Cameron is the man. With him is Mr. Miner, the midnight janitor who saw them running out of the university lab, screaming like banshees. J.C. tries to explain that they didn't do the prank, "I personally would rather have my brains invaded by creatures from space than pledge a fraternity." Wouldn't we all, J.C., wouldn't we all. Be careful what you wish for though, J.C., it just might come true. Chris explains that they did actually try to steal the corpse but chickened out, and then the janitor turns to them and laughs, "screaming like banshees!" Chris continues to explain while the detective looks out the window, clearly wondering just what in the hell is happening around here. Not Mr. Miner though... he just continues to laugh to himself, "Screaming like banshees! Haha!"

Later that night at the morgue (also located in the school), the naked and bloodied corpse of the scientist gets up and walks right on out, past the mortician and a security guard. Guess they see that sort of thing all the time, eh? We then see Mr. Miner, pushing his mop down the floors, still laughing to himself, "Screaming like banshees! Haha!" Good god, I love this man. If the simple things like that amused me to the same extent, life would be a hell of a lot more fun on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the good times come to an abrupt end for our friend Mr. Miner when he's attacked by walking zombie corpse of the scientist. They don't show it on camera, but it's safe to assume that some Creeps were spit into his throat and he'll soon be a zombie too.

Meanwhile, we see a few shots of the creeps running around near sorority row and then the Bradster calling for Cynthia. She tells him she doesn't want to talk to him anymore and he then shouts, "...that's what I get for going out with a fucking psyche major, isn't it?" Wow Brad, looks like you're 0 for 2 with Cynthia now.

 

Downstairs, we see the same girl studying in the living room, and she hears the same noise outside her door, so she goes to see if it's her cat, Gordon. Oh it's her cat alright... a ZOMBIE CAT! If there's one thing we need to see more of in horror films, it has got to be zombie cats.

Back at his home, we see the detective looking over old crime scene photos from that 1959 incident while boozing it up, but then the phone rings and he answers... yep, you guessed it... "Thrill me." We then see him and fellow officers looking at the corpse of the scientist lying on the floor with his head split open in the same fashion as Johnny's corpse. Unfortunately, they don't notice the guilty Creeps squiggling away on the hallway floor.

Elsewhere, Chris receives an unexpected guest at his door... it's Cynthia and she wants to go for a walk! Of course, J.C. tags along, pretty much ensuring that Chris and Cynthia can't get to know each other better. Fortunately, he soon realizes that Chris will be ok on his own and decides to go take a leak so they can spend a little time alone. Cynthia then confides in Chris that she believes a zombie visited her and that "slugs or something" exploded out of its head. Just nod your head Chris, it's the only way you'll have a chance with her.

While J.C. is in the bathroom stall, which has some excellent graffiti on it I might ad ("STRYPER RULES!"), Mr. Miner's zombified corpse collapses to the ground of the bathroom floor and a bunch o' Creeps spill out of his noggin. For whatever reason, he decides to light a matchbook on fire, and then places it on the ground. A Creep runs into it and dies instantly. But there are many more Creeps in there still, one of which crawls up his pant leg. You know what they say... the fastest way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but the fastest way to a man's brain is through his sphincter. Poor J.C.

I should also mention that there's some additional graffiti on the wall which reads "Go Monster Squad!", a nice nod to Dekker's "The Monster Squad" film.

After Chris drops off Cynthia at her sorority house (you didn't actually think he was gonna score already, did you?), he's approached by Detective Cameron who remarks, "Zombies... exploding heads... creepy crawlies... and a date for the formal. This is classic, Spanky!" He and Span... er... Chris go back to his house and they both talk about their old high school sweethearts who left them. "I found her in the car, and on the road, and in the woods... your high school sweetheart went on with her life... mine got hacked up by a nutcase with an axe." In other words, you don't have SHIT to be depressed about, Chris.

He then confesses to Chris about what happened next:

"It wasn't what you call your routine policework either."

"What would you call it?"

"Revenge. You see, I tracked him, during my off hours."

"By yourself?"

"Oh no no no... I took my 12 gauge with me. I tracked him and I found him. And when I found him, I leveled off that shotgun right at his chest. Spanky, guess what happened next?"

"Should you be telling me this?"

"Close. I pulled the trigger."

"That's all really exciting and everything but, listen, I've got a midterm and--"

"I wrapped his body in a plastic bag and buried him in a vacant lot. The lot right behind your girlfriend's sorority. Of course, it isn't a vacant lot anymore. Now house mother's cottage is sitting right on top of it."

"Look detective, now I don't mean to be rude or anything, but other than just kinda wanting to confess to a murder, is there a point to this story?"

"Spanky... that's exactly what I'm trying to figure out."

You'll be hard pressed to find better dialogue in a horror movie. Absolutely perfect. And how does one follow up such perfect dialogue? You show the sorority house mother watching Plan 9 From Outerspace on her TV set and then have the reanimated zombie corpse of that axe-wielding maniac hack his way up through her floorboards, that's how. Yep, some Creeps found their way into his body and now he's back for more blood. Of course, the house mother doesn't even ATTEMPT to move while he's hacking his way through her floor, she just sits there and stares in awe. In other words, yeah... she basically deserved to have that axe embedded in her skull.

Shortly after, Cameron's phone rings, and right after he says "thrill me", a look of terror comes over him. He grabs his shotgun, then he and Chris hightail it over to where the house mother's body was just found. The mortician is there, eating food and making wisecracks. I don't know exactly why, but I think it's some sort of movie requirement to have any mortician eating food while dealing with corpses. Sure, it demonstrates that seeing dead people don't disturb them in the slightest, but do they always have to be eating food? Couldn't they have a mortician playing a game of jacks on a dead person's corpse or something for a change?

Well anyway, two cops are patrolling the streets in search of the killer and boy do they ever find him. He tries to hack them apartment when their car speeds off just in the nick of time. They make the call in to the detective that they have the psycho axe zombie cornered in an alleyway.

"I already killed you, you son of a bitch, I already killed you." The psycho then turns around to reveal his rotted face, which smiles at Cameron. Naturally, he responds by blasting the zombie's face to smithereens and they finally see the Creeps squirm away when the head explodes.

Now cut to a corny montage of the sorority sisters bathing and getting ready for the big dance while the Creeps crawl around in their yard. We also see the pricks from the Beta frat, getting stoked for their big night out with the ladies.

Back in his dorm room, Chris finds a tape player from J.C. waiting for him. When he plays it, he hears a depressing message from J.C., "Chris, there's one inside me. It got in through my mouth. I can feel it... it's in my brain. I don't have a pulse or a heartbeat... I think I'm dead. I killed one. I lit a match to it. It seems fire will kill them. I'm goin to the furnace room in the basement. If I don't come back, heat will kill them. I walked Chris, all by myself, I walked. I love you. Good luck with Cynthia."

After that macabre message, Chris dashes down to the furnace and finds J.C.'s body lying on the ground near the furnace, his head split open and a bunch of dead Creeps sizzling on the floor. In all honesty, I would father see Chris kick the bucket and J.C. fight the good fight against the Creeps. He's the brighter of the two characters, and having him overcome his personal handicaps would make him even more of a hero in the end. Oh well, I guess we're stuck with "Spanky".

Meanwhile, the brothers from the Beta fraternity are all hopping onto their booze bus. A party mobile where they can chug away from their collective beer steins while being transported to see their sorority sister dates. Brad, however, is not amongst them. No, he's hanging outside Cynthia's sorority house, downing some brewskies and clearly shocked that she would dump "The Bradster".

 

After calling her a bitch, he notices one of the Creeps slide into a nearby bush. When he kneels down to check it out, the dog which belonged to the sorority house mother approaches him and... OH NO! IT'S A ZOMBIE DOG! Unlike the zombie cat, which just twitched and growled, this zombie dog spits out a Creep directly into the Bradster's mouth.

Next, Chris shows up at the Cameron's house and cries, "They got Alfalfa!" HAHAHAHA, even he can't address his recently deceased friend by his real name now. Why? Because he's come to realize just how awesome everything that comes out of Detective Ray Cameron's mouth truly is. Cameron left the gas on in house house and was going to kill himself, but Chris showing up and explaining how the Creeps incubate in your brain gives him a renewed sense of purpose. Now it's killing time!

But before Cameron can kill some creeps, we cut back to the frat guys riding on their booze bus. It's all a fun mobile party until that damned zombie dog darts out in front of the bus, causing the driver to swerve and crash. And man oh man is he ever surprised about it:

AIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Soon, Ray and Chris pay a little visit to the police armory where he decides to check out a flamethrower. Of course, when Detective Ray Cameron "checks out" a flamethrower, he doesn't sign for it... he puts a shotgun to your face and demands that you hand it over. Yes indeed, Cameron is not one a man who has time to deal with paperwork. This is a man who understands that justice waits for nobody! I should also note that Walt Wolf (hell of a name), the guy working in the Armory is the one and only Dick Miller. Having his classic mug on screen is always a guaranteed way to make your film better.

Anyway, back at the scene of the booze bus accident, the zombie dog looks at the carnage, admiring his work, and then enters the bus so that the Creeps reanimate all the dead Beta frat guys. One has to wonder though, are they any less intelligent now that they're dead? HAR! HAR! Oh how I crack myself up...

There's still more madness to Night of the Creeps!
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OLD COMMENTS:

Big In Japan
Oct 22nd, 2008, 06:27 AM
Hmmm, sounds a lot like a (somewhat) modern movie called "slither", which also revolves around an alien crashing, evil alien slugs, zombies and the like.

Probably based on this or something.
Forum Virgin
Oct 22nd, 2008, 07:17 AM
Great review, i never knew there was an alternate ending. Let us know if you need us to petition to get this little gem on DVD. oh and feel free to use the spellchecker, i guess you must've been up late writing this review. Get some rest, you've earned it!!!
Using Ninjitsu of Fushin
Oct 22nd, 2008, 08:09 AM
Tom Atkins rules, I love him in maniac cop what a classic!!
Ringmonster
Oct 22nd, 2008, 10:13 AM
I love Night of the Creeps. But the best thing about Night of the Creeps is that it gave its director enough credit to make The Monster Squad.
Last of the Time Lords
Oct 22nd, 2008, 10:29 AM
A true underrated classic. I love this flick.
Cell Regenerated Deadite
Oct 22nd, 2008, 10:48 AM
Excellent review! Still love Tom Atkins from Halloween 3.

Can you guys please review a couple of other 1980s classics: Waxwork or perhaps Terror Train?
Forum Virgin
Oct 22nd, 2008, 10:52 AM
I think the alien fetus that shot the canister out was also possessed by the slugs. I think he had blank eyes like most of the "zombies" in this film have, and he was getting the slugs off the ship to infest other planets.

This film is classic. And I prefer the alternate ending with Atkins walking away and infesting a graveyard (could this be the unofficial prequel to Night of the Living Dead?!) than the dog infecting Cynthia. That dog should have so been dead by the end of the flick.
Forum Virgin
Oct 22nd, 2008, 11:39 AM
Man, I have only seen the real ending once, every time I have caught this movie it was the zombie dog ending for me! THis was recently shown as a midnight movie here in NYC, but sadly, I missed it. I have been praying for it to hit DVD for years now!
after enough bourbon ...
Oct 22nd, 2008, 02:17 PM
Reminds me a little of "The Faculty". Good review, good cheese.

Thrill me.
Jason's a Furry! Run!
Oct 22nd, 2008, 02:58 PM
It's Miller time!

Loved this movie when I saw it on late night TV (which was far too long ago), and I keep hoping for a DVD release of it. Great choice of review, and completely right on Detective Cameron; he's the man, no doubt about it.

Also, the ending I saw was the graveyard one, and while I also keep reading that it's the alternate ending, since it seems so common the dog one seems more like an actual alternate ending.
Jason's a Furry! Run!
Oct 22nd, 2008, 02:59 PM
Also, I second Spinal's request for a Terror Train review (or I'll just have to wait patiently for a People Under the Stairs review).
Can't touch this
Oct 22nd, 2008, 03:10 PM
How about a review of "Elmo in Grouchland"? I know it's not a 'traditional' horror film, but it scares the SHIT out of me!
Member
Oct 22nd, 2008, 05:45 PM
Never trust those leeches. They are pure hell.
Tony Wonder
Oct 22nd, 2008, 09:27 PM
When a cop pulls a Rorschach on some dead-heads, you know you're seeing something special.
Fake Shemp
Oct 22nd, 2008, 10:38 PM
Screaming like Banshees....hahaha...

Love this movie. Slither was okay - but this was so much better. Maybe because of Tom "Thrill Me" Atkins...maybe because it's so cheesy...maybe because of the Screaming Like Banshees...maybe all of the above.

Awesome review RoG
Eating angry potatos.
Oct 23rd, 2008, 12:34 AM
I can't be the only one who noticed that "cryogenic boy" had no genitals.....

The slugs ate them perhaps?
Former Virgin
Oct 23rd, 2008, 12:55 AM
Oh yes! I forgot all about this movie! JC should have lived to fight again another day. I remember thinking how much it sucked that he died so early in the movie.
Member
Oct 23rd, 2008, 01:15 AM
Euw... It's like Yeerks gone bad. Or worse, rather.
Crazed Techno-Biologist
Oct 23rd, 2008, 01:44 AM
I found this film online a couple of years ago and saw it.
It was undoubtedly one of the best films of this style Ive seen to date.
Smooth Operator
Oct 23rd, 2008, 03:40 AM
I just read this on Wikipedia(so who knows if it's really true or not),"DVD producer Michael Felsher is currently working on the Night of the Creeps dvd."
I haven't seen this flick in ages, but I do remember it having the spaceship ending.
drifting in the void
Oct 23rd, 2008, 07:56 AM
Another great classic that I have never seen...I am so uneducated. But I already bought Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter Thanks for telling me such a nice little flick exists
Retardedly Handsome
Oct 23rd, 2008, 01:57 PM
I caught this on On-Demand about a month or so ago. Good flick, Unfortunately I don't know what ending it had because I'm a sucker and fell asleep. I'll have to check it out though.
The Wolf
Oct 23rd, 2008, 06:58 PM
Seeing this tomorrow night on a theater screen. You can all lick my balls.
Pickled Patriarch
Oct 23rd, 2008, 07:24 PM
Hey Zomboid:


You can lick mine first.
Fake Shemp
Oct 23rd, 2008, 09:11 PM
lol pwned


but I saw it on the big screen when it came out....does that count?
pickled
Oct 23rd, 2008, 10:58 PM
Zomboid just got owned.
Turrican't. :(
Oct 24th, 2008, 09:36 AM
Why this never came out on DVD is beyond me because this is the BEST HORROR MOVIE EVER. I love it so much. <3 <3 <3
☆☆☆☆☆
Oct 24th, 2008, 04:13 PM
MORE TALK ABOUT ZOMBOID GETTING HIS ASS HANDED TO HIM!
Forum Virgin
Oct 24th, 2008, 04:41 PM
I saw this movie when it came out on video ages and ages ago, when I was still in grade school. I remember going to bed that night and not having any problems, then waking up in the middle of the night when my mom was watching the old Starman TV series (she taped all the episodes). After I went back to sleep, had a nightmare about the zombie axe murderer.

The only ending I've ever seen was the dog one, never have had the pleasure of the UFO ending. From what I read, the studio wanted a jumper ending, so that's where the dog came from.
The Wolf
Oct 24th, 2008, 04:51 PM
ROG, DID THAT SCREENING ALSO INCLUDE TOKYO GORE POLICE, PHANTASM, AND MY NAME IS BRUCE? NO? OH OK. 'CAUSE MINE DOES.

I WILL lick your balls if ya want though.
Member
Oct 24th, 2008, 07:32 PM
It's cool Zomboid, I like to make shit up, too
The Wolf
Oct 24th, 2008, 07:55 PM
http://www.deadmonton.net/movie-show-times.html

Oh yeah, I forgot I'm posting in the -RoG- fan club section of the forums
Sam Sam is offline
The Unicorn
Oct 24th, 2008, 08:33 PM
HEY ZOMBOID WHAT DID YOU LIKE MAKE THAT WEBSITE UP LAST MINUTE WITH SOME HTML? GIVE IT UP MAN, YOU GOT PWNT.
SKATASTIC
Oct 24th, 2008, 09:45 PM
I want to live in Deadmonton.


I actually liked Slither more than Night of the Creeps.
☆☆☆☆☆
Oct 24th, 2008, 10:49 PM
If only it wasn't a made up rouse to try to save face.
Vigilante All-Star
Oct 25th, 2008, 05:09 AM
My mom has this movie on tape...but the ending I saw was the dog one...I didn't even know there was a graveyard ending...damn...
Cute Little Gnome
Oct 25th, 2008, 11:22 AM
i have been praying for this movie to hit DVD for almost 8 years now, i never got ahold of it on VHS, and it was one of the first true horror movies i ever watched as a kid (that and C.H.U.D.) but if they would just release it on DVD already id be happy as hell.. it dont even gotta look fancy like monster squad does, just put it out already come on!... hope your review works RoG... if skywalker can blow up a deathstar im sure you can get a classic horror movie released on DVD!
Former Virgin
Oct 25th, 2008, 12:16 PM
I checked with my local horror movie geeks (union # 124). They both said they've never seen the ufo/grave yard ending. Now they're all hot and bothered cause it was a factoid they didn't know about.
Good for you RoG, you've out horror movie nerded my horror movie nerds!
Forum Virgin
Oct 27th, 2008, 02:37 AM
Weird, I've had this on DVD for a while.
I hate this hacker crap!
Oct 29th, 2008, 06:37 PM
I'm most pleased with this.

e: I've never seen the graveyard ending.
good fer what ails ye.
Nov 2nd, 2008, 01:06 PM
Rog, have you seen "UNDEAD"? Cuz it also involves zombies, aliens, and a totally cool zombie-hunting farmer, who in my mind is totally among the ranks of Det. Cameron.
Cute Little Gnome
Nov 11th, 2008, 11:08 AM
samuraikitten, you probably got a knockoff/bootleg
im hoping that the official DVD has alot of extras!
Member
Nov 29th, 2008, 08:48 PM
How cool is this movie ,I remember seeing this movie on HBO back in the eighties.But this movie I digress like you said has good scares great actors like Tom Atkins and awesome one liners definately deserves to be on DVD.
Cute Little Gnome
Jul 12th, 2009, 06:16 AM
im commenting almost a year later now to inform everyone that night of the creeps is INDEED coming to the DVD soon! check amazon.com you can even vote for which cover you think it should have. i voted for cover number 1, and it is winning at the moment. so RoG and all you other awesome guys need to go check it out ASAP
Cute Little Gnome
Jul 12th, 2009, 06:19 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Night-Creeps-J...-wl_item-added is the link, i forgot to include it.. sorry, that should help anyone who needs to look at it without having to search around on amazon for a non pirated copy
Forum Virgin
Jul 22nd, 2009, 05:21 PM
I got a notice from Sony saying they are making a Director's Cut DVD and Blu-Ray version of this movie premiering and San Diego Comic-Con
The #1 My Little Pony
Sep 2nd, 2009, 11:02 AM
I have always loved this movie and I was so happy to see it FINALLY come out on DVD!
King of the Boomstick
Nov 25th, 2009, 04:42 PM
hey..this movie was at wal mart on dvd a week back.
sadomasochist
Sep 24th, 2010, 07:15 PM
lol tom atkins
soon to be internet icon
Oct 12th, 2013, 02:42 PM
Whenever I watched it on Syfy, it had the dog ending. But the movie channels had the cemetery, and I thought that ending was the better payoff. I just watched it last night, so mere words cannot describe how awesome this movie was. My brother and I were commenting on the 1980's horror cliches: such as the prettiest girl gets it first, the jerk boyfriend is always blonde and named Brad, and the cops always show up late.

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