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Drive-In Dust Offs: Night Of The Creeps

It’s very exciting to see ambition in the world of horror. Yes, pleasure can and always will be derived from one more well formed slice of the blade or swing of the axe. However, occasionally a filmmaker comes on the scene overflowing with imagination and verve, a need to spew forth fresh ideas, or at the very least, a new take on a haggard trope. And then you have Fred Dekker, who decided for his first feature to include everything he loved about exploitation, horror and sci-fi, into one glorious, hearty stew that bafflingly flew under the radar at the time of its release. And like a good stew, the more it simmers, the sweeter the taste. 30 years later, Night of the Creeps (1986) will fill you up and have you begging for more.

Released by Tri-Star Pictures in late August, Creeps pulled in under $600,000 on a $5,000,000 Us budget. The
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Our Favorite Horror Sidekicks – J.C. from ‘Night of the Creeps’

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Our Favorite Horror Sidekicks –  J.C. from ‘Night of the Creeps’
If you haven’t seen Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps, you should get on that immediately. It’s a super-fun and completely over-the-top undead fest that combines classic ‘50s sci-fi elements and ‘80s gore - including aliens, evil slugs, zombies, sororities, and Tom Atkins. While the different plot points might seem at odds in the hands of another filmmaker, Dekker combines them perfectly into a film that is, much like his later films The Monster Squad and yes, Robocop 3, a love letter to his favorite movies.

The story follows Chris Romero and his best-friend J.C. as they attempt to win the attention of Chris’s crush, Cynthia Cronenberg, but instead end up re-animating a slug-filled corpse and spreading a zombie slug plague around campus. I can’t get into the finer points of the plot, because I can spend hours on the zombie cat, and I really
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Essential viewing for fans of ‘Warm Bodies’ – Zombies In Love (Part One)

With the release of Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies, I decided to compile a list of my favourite films that take a non-traditional approach to the living-dead canon. More specifically, they all blend romance and zombies, in their own unique and twisted ways.

This is the first of what will be a two part article.

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1: Dance of the Dead

Directed by Gregg Bishop

Written by Joe Ballarini

2008, USA

Dance of The Dead may seem like another lowbrow, low budget horror film, but in fact, it offers sharp writing, terrific characterizations, likeable performances, and a real affection for geek culture. Imagine the humour of Night of the Living Dorks but powered by the central plot behind Night of the Creeps. Sure Dance uses every rule from the official zombie handbook, but for a movie that seems equally inspired by a John Hughes coming of age flick, Dance of the Dead
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Essential viewing for fans of ‘Warm Bodies’ – Zombies In Love

With the release of Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies, I decided to compile a list of my favourite films that take a non-traditional approach to the living-dead canon. More specifically, they all blend romance and zombies, in their own unique and twisted ways.

This is the first of what will be a two part article.

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1: Dance of the Dead

Directed by Gregg Bishop

Written by Joe Ballarini

2008, USA

Dance of The Dead may seem like another lowbrow, low budget horror film, but in fact, it offers sharp writing, terrific characterizations, likeable performances, and a real affection for geek culture. Imagine the humour of Night of the Living Dorks but powered by the central plot behind Night of the Creeps. Sure Dance uses every rule from the official zombie handbook, but for a movie that seems equally inspired by a John Hughes coming of age flick, Dance of the Dead
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When Comedy meets Horror (part five)

The prior four articles of the good and ugly in comedy horror, all of it was in the run down to this final part. We’ve looked at Frank Henenlotter, Joe Dante, and an unfathomable number of pratfalls, puns, sarcastic one liners and gore, gore, gore. If you’re favourite comedy horror hasn’t appeared, tell us what it is in the comments section below. Maybe a variation on this article will appear in 12 months with some of those omissions included.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Now to the meat of the matter, what are the greatest films that combine both comedy and horror?

Wallace & Gromit And The Curse Of The Were-rabbit

Wallace & Gromit made their debut feature length with one of best horror homages in many a year. Maybe that’s a biased viewpoint as a Brit, Wallace and his pet dog can do no wrong on these shores.
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Take a Weekend Celebrity Getaway to Cozumel with a Hollywood VIP Carnival Cruise

Take a Weekend Celebrity Getaway to Cozumel Amp up your vacation with a Hollywood VIP Carnival cruise

What do films like .Burlesque,. .Se7en,. .X2,. .The Rock. and .Transformers. all have in common? Stars from their films will be partying their way across the Gulf of Mexico with you next April! What movie fan wouldn.t like this vacation under their Christmas tree this year?

Dark Star Fantasy Cruises is proud to bring the Hollywood VIP experience to your vacation with their celebrity cruise Tides of Torture. Movie fans from around the world will board a Carnival Cruise ship on April 12, 2012 in Tampa, Florida and set sail for Mexico. This four-day event features a complete celebrity convention while offering all the luxuries and amenities that a Carnival Cruise provides along with a day trip to sunny Cozumel.

Stars from recent box office hits like .Insidius,. .Machete. and .Tron: Legacy,. iconic favorites from the .Halloween,
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Greatest Horror Comedies

The latest list in sound of sights month long look at the greatest horror films ever is taking a different look on the horror genre. There is a very narrow line that divides finding something funny and scary, which is exactly the sort of film this list is celebrating. As a genre there is two ways you can address the comedy horror. The first and the much more popular route is comedy about horror, these films rarely attempt to attain any qualities other than a comedic jibe at the genre. If you were to pick one classic example it would be Young Frankenstein – a film that satirises early horror and Frankenstein in what is close to comedy perfection (the Gene Wilder effect). The contemporary take on the genre has given the world some of the worst films of recent times in the Scary Movie franchise and its brood of mutant off-shoots.
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Late Night Classics – Night of the Creeps

Prepping to do a 25th Anniversary tribute to Night of the Creeps is a dream come true. While every film I have done a retrospective on has been a labor of love, Night of the Creeps is one of my favorites, and I felt pressure to do it right and knock it out of the park. I have never done a dual interview, so this was an opportunity to do something really special. Thankfully, director Fred Dekker and actress Jill Whitlow are as gonzo about the movie as the fans, and they were more than happy to sit down and talk up one of the finest Late Night Classics of all-time.

You can ready my retrospective with Jill Whitlow on Twice Dead here.

Jason Bene: How did you write such an amazing script in such a short period of time?

Fred Dekker: I don’t know about “amazing.” But
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Ricky D’s 50 Favourite Cult Films of All Time: #45 – ‘Night Of The Creeps’

Night Of The Creeps

Directed by Fred Dekker

Screenplay by Fred Dekker

1986, USA

The debut feature by writer/director Fred Dekker is notable as an earnest attempt at a B-movie and a throwback to the genre. Paying tribute to everything from plots, themes and to the filmmakers that created them, Night offers alien parasites, zombies, extra-terrestrials, a sorority house, Prom Night and a 50′s opening prologue involving an axe murder. Dekker goes so far as to pay tribute to his idols by naming every character after a famous filmmaker. There is the love interest, Cynthia Cronenberg, a police sergeant named Raimi, three other characters named Miller, Carpenter, Landis and of course, Detective Cameron, played by Tom Atkins.

Atkins steals the show, delivering the film’s most memorable lines including the classic: ‘I got good news and bad news, girls. The good news is your dates are here. The bad news is they’re dead.
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Our suggestions for Bruce Campbell’s The Expendables of horror

Bruce Campbell is reportedly planning a horror equivalent of The Expendables. If this is the case, who would star in it, and what gory events would take place? Here are Duncan’s suggestions…

Now, news that Bruce Campbell is reportedly planning a horror equivalent of The Expendables is, in itself, enough to make me want to proclaim that the world is a beautiful place, filled with beautiful things, as merely putting just Bruce Campbell in a film is normally enough to get me to watch it. But, let's all calm down for a minute and look a bit closer at the facts.

In a recent interview with the La Times, Mr Campbell was asked about his concept for taking Bruce Vs. Frankenstein (a sequel to 2007's My Name Is Bruce) and making it 'The Expendables of horror'. His reply was: "Yeah, The Expendables, or more like the It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
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NJ: Monstermania Convention Kicks Off This Weekend

For our readers in the New York, New Jersey or Philadelphia area, make a note that this weekend is the 14th MonsterMania convention taking place at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ from March 12th through the 14th. Guest include legendary director Dario Argento, Malcolm McDowell, Gary Busey, Eric Roberts, Nightmare On Elm Street 2 's Mark Patton, Doug Bradley, Doug Bradley, Kane Hodder, Scout Taylor Compton, Meg Foster ( They Live , Stepfather 2 ), William Katt, Corbin Bernsen, Full Moon's Charles Band, a Night Of The Creeps reunion (with Jason Lively, Jill Whitlow, Steve Marshall and Tom Atkins), a My Bloody Valentine reunion (with Neil Affleck, Al Humphreys, Lori Hallier, Helen Udy, Peter Cowper and Paul Kelman)and many, many more. Besides the panels with guests,...
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Monster Mania 14 Swag Report

Monster-Mania stretches its tentacled appendages across the great state of New Jersey once again this coming weekend, converting man, woman, and child alike to the service of Horror!!

March 12th through 14th, Cherry Hill's Crowne Plaza will play host to your heroes of horror including...

* Dario Argento * Malcolm McDowell * Gary Busey * Eric Roberts * Mark Patton (NOES2) * Doug Bradley * Spencer Wilding (Wolfman 2010) * Jake Busey * Thom Matthews (Return of the Living Dead) * Bruce Abbott (Re-Animator) * Kane Hodder * Bill Moseley * Corbin Bernsen * Meg Foster (They Live) * Scout Taylor-Compton * William Katt (Carrie) * Chris Carnel (My Bloody Valentine 3D) * Derek Graf (Zombieland) * Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera) *

A Night of the Creeps Reunion with Tom Atkins, Jill Whitlow, Jason Lively, and Steve Marshall

A My Bloody Valentine Reunion with Neil Affleck, Alf Humphreys, Lori Hallier, Helene Udy, Peter Cowper, Paul Kelman, Tom Kovacs, Rob Stein, and Jim Murchison

...and plenty more guests. Visit
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Night of the Creeps (Review)

Night Of The Creeps Directed by Fred Dekker The debut feature by writer/director Fred Dekker, Night Of The Creeps wears its B-Movie status proudly on its sleeve. Dekker borrows elements of all his favorite horror and sci-fi movies and blends them together creating one of the most enjoyable and underrated films from the 80's. Paying homage to everything from plots, themes and to those that have created them, Night offers you creepy crawlers, alien parasites, zombies, extra-terrestrials, sorority/fraternity scenarios and a 50's opening prologue involving an axe murder. Dekker goes so far as to pay tribute to his idols by naming every character after a famous filmmaker. There is the love interest, Cynthia Cronenberg, a police sergeant named Raimi, three other characters named Miller, Carpenter, Landis and of course, Detective Cameron, played by Tom Atkins. Atkins steals the show, delivering the film's most memorable lines including the classic:
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Night of the Creeps (Review)

Night Of The Creeps Directed by Fred Dekker The debut feature by writer/director Fred Dekker, Night Of The Creeps wears its B-Movie status proudly on its sleeve. Dekker borrows elements of all his favorite horror and sci-fi movies and blends them together creating one of the most enjoyable and underrated films from the 80's. Paying homage to everything from plots, themes and to those that have created them, Night offers you creepy crawlers, alien parasites, zombies, extra-terrestrials, sorority/fraternity scenarios and a 50's opening prologue involving an axe murder. Dekker goes so far as to pay tribute to his idols by naming every character after a famous filmmaker. There is the love interest, Cynthia Cronenberg, a police sergeant named Raimi, three other characters named Miller, Carpenter, Landis and of course, Detective Cameron, played by Tom Atkins. Atkins steals the show, delivering the film's most memorable lines including the classic:
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Night Of The Creeps (DVD/Blu-ray Review)

  • Fangoria
Night Of The Creeps (DVD/Blu-ray Review)
Back in August 1986, two horror movies debuted on the same Friday in New York-area theaters. The film that got more publicity, and that most of the genre fans I knew wanted to see, was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. But one pal and I were more interested in checking out the one that promised a “Free Creep Prevention Mask” to the first patrons on opening night.

So we paid our admission, were each handed a paper surgical mask with the Night Of The Creeps logo emblazoned on it, took our seats—and enjoyed one of the year’s most surprisingly entertaining fright features, one that homaged practically every subgenre imaginable, yet kept a sure hand on its tone and never descended into spoofery. Those who caught Creeps in its limited theatrical run (during which it played a few cities as Homecoming Night) formed the beginnings of a cult following that
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Videolog DVD & Blu-ray News 10.27.2009

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In this incarnation of our Videolog column (which began in 1982 with VHS and Betamax and later laserdisc), Starlog posts information weekly regarding selected genre titles being released (or re-released) now on DVD and Blu-ray. Prices listed are Msrp, though any clickable links lead to Amazon where the savings can be significant.

DVD Releases for October 27, 2009

Adult Swim In A Box (Turner, $69.98): This set includes six full seasons of Adult Swim’s most popular series: Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Volume Two, Space Ghost: Season Three, Moral Oral: Season One, Robot Chicken: Season Two, Metalocalypse: Season One and Sealab 2021: Season Two. Five never-before-released pilots are also included.

The Asphyx (Hen’s Tooth, $19.95): The Private Life Of Sherlock HolmesRobert Stephens stars as Sir Hugo Cunningham, a 19th-Century amateur scientist and dabbler in psychic phenomena. His experiments in the new art of photography lead him
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Looking Back on Night of the Creeps With Fred Dekker

Horror fans are living in good times. Not because of the glut of remakes and sequels that are permeating our theaters, but because some of our childhood favorites are being revisited, cleaned up and repackaged for the DVD and Blu-Ray formats. Speaking for myself, but I'm sure you'll agree, next to The Monster Squad - which we saw released last year as a special edition presentation - I was clamoring to see Fred Dekker's other '80s cult classic Night of the Creeps resurrected on anything other than my worn-out VHS tape. The wait is over. This week, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Dekker's space slug/zombie flick starring Tom "thrill me" Atkins, Jason Lively and Steve Marshall - on DVD and Blu-Ray thanks to the same man who brought The Monster Squad DVD to...
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Oh, What A Night!— Night Of The Creeps: Director’S Cut DVD—The Review

  • Starlog
I remember seeing Night Of The Creeps when it was released in 1986. I hadn’t seen the trailer and didn’t know anything about the movie, but a friend invited me at the last minute, and, hey, being 11 at the time, any chance to see an R-rated horror movie was an opportunity I would never pass up. While first-time writer-director Fred Dekker’s Sf-horror pastiche bombed at the box office and quickly left theaters, I Loved the film. I watched it a few times afterward when it showed up on cable, but I haven’t seen Night Of The Creeps in nearly 20 years. So when I heard that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment was releasing a Director’s Cut of the film on DVD ($19.95; also Blu-ray $24.95), I couldn’t wait to revisit it, but I was trepidatious about how it has aged over the years. Well, Night Of The Creeps is
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Night of the Creeps - Clips from the DVD!

See new clips from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's "Night of the Creeps" starring Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Witlow, Tom Atkins, Wally Taylor, Bruce Solomon, Vic Polizos and Allan Kayser. The comedy horror sees release on October 27th. In this campy chiller, a college couple, in 1959, see an object plummet to Earth like a meteor. The boy accidentally swallows a space-slug that shoots out. In 1986, two freshmen roam the campus and stumble across the corpse of the boy who swallowed the space-slug. Once thawed out, the corpse comes to life. Interestingly enough,multi-talented David Paymer had a part in this film as a young scientist.
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Loads of Clips from the Night Of The Creeps DVD/Blu-Ray

We've been waiting a long time for a proper DVD release of Fred Dekker's beloved cult classic Night Of The Creeps , and now on the cusp of the DVD/Blu-Ray release on October 27th, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have posted tons of clips from the package! Among the batch, you can check out the trailer, two clips from the movie and five different clips from the special features material. Check 'em all out below! Night Of The Creeps was written & directed by Fred Dekker ( The Monster Squad ) and stars Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Witlow, David Paymer and Tom Atkins. Trailer: "It Was A Zombie" Clip: "Cyrogenics" Clip: Special Features - Tom Atkins - Man Of Action: Special Features -...
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