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. Written by
Fred Dekker directs this somewhat forgotten, low-budget horror spoof from the 80's. Dekker treats the material liberally and never tries to make the movie anything more than a fun B movie going for laughs. Although not always an easy thing to do, Dekker and his virtual cast of unknowns pulls it off rather nicely. The story begins with a wonderfully filmed flashback in the 1950's where we see something fall from the sky passing overhead the boys and girls parked at a "Lookout" type place. Unfortunately whilst this goes on, an ax murderer has escaped the asylum in that very vicinity. Now you might think what do these two things possibly have to do with each other, but Dekker the screenwriter pulls that off as well as the film jumps to the present 1980's and we meet two lovable(OK, maybe not so lovable) losers, one with a pair of crutches and cracking wise constantly and the other newly lovesick with a young lady he has just seen from across the street. To spin a long tale short - these two want to join a fraternity to impress the girl, are asked to throw a cadaver on another fraternity's lawn, find a cryogenetically frozen body(from the 50's that had met with what fell from the sky), and all havoc breaks out as parasites in the brain begin to throw themselves from the cadaver's mouth to the mouths of others. Aside from mentioning Night of the Living Dead by name, Dekker's use of his walking dead pays on obvious homage to horror-meister George Romero. The film creates some interesting characters while again never taking anything serious. Tom Atkins, the Carpenter guy, plays a police detective that lost his girl back in the 50's to the ax murderer, and while I initially felt like he was over doing things early on with his over-blown performance, I found it working shortly after and realized the B movie 50's style effect he was going for. He carries it off wonderfully, and for me was easily the brightest spot in the film. While Night of the Creeps does have humour throughout, there are some genuine scares, lots of gore, and sustained pacing and suspense. For a little budget movie like this, it appears a lot of TLC was put into it - and it shows. As for the rest of the cast, Jason Lively plays romeo and Steve Marshall the sidekick. Both are pretty decent, and female lead Jill Whitlow, while not a particularly good or bad actress, is a banquet for the eyes.
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