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Night of the Creeps -- In 1959, a college couple see an object plummet to Earth. 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.
Night of the Creeps -- Clip: Sorry Brad
Night of the Creeps -- Clip: It was a zombie
Night of the Creeps -- Clip: Zombie visitor
Night of the Creeps -- Clip: Cryogenics

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Writer:
Fred Dekker (written by)
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Release Date:
22 August 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"The good news is your dates are here. The bad news is... they're dead." See more »
Plot:
Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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(227 articles)
User Reviews:
Underrated, too little known comedy horror gem See more (122 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jason Lively ... Chris
Steve Marshall ... J.C.
Jill Whitlow ... Cynthia

Tom Atkins ... Ray Cameron
Wally Taylor ... Detective Landis
Bruce Solomon ... Sgt. Raimi

Vic Polizos ... Coroner

Allan Kayser ... Brad (as Allan J. Kayser)
Ken Heron ... Johnny
Alice Cadogan ... Pam
June Harris ... Karen

David Paymer ... Young Scientist
David Oliver ... Steve
Evelyne Smith ... House Mother
Ivan E. Roth ... Psycho Zombie
Daniel Frishman ... Alien Zombie

Kevin Thompson ... Alien Pursuer #1
Joseph S. Griffo ... Alien Pursuer #2
Katherine Britton ... Sorority Girl on Phone
Leslie Ryan ... Sorority Girl with Hairbrush

Dave Alan Johnson ... Young Ray Cameron

Suzanne Snyder ... Lisa
Jay Wakeman ... Judy

Elizabeth Cox ... Kathy
Emily Fiola ... Jennifer
Russell Moss ... Biff
Richard DeHaven ... Dick

John J. York ... Todd

Jim Townsend ... Chett
Tex Donaldson ... Cop Outside Sorority

Jay Arlen Jones ... Cop at Police Station
Craig Schaefer ... Irksome Cop at Cryogenics Lab
Richard Sassin ... Irksome Cop at Murder Scene

Robert Kerman ... Patrolman with Searchlight

Jack Lightsy ... Patrol Car Driver
Elizabeth Alda ... Cop in Alley
David B. Miller ... Beta Zombie
Earl Ellis ... Beta Zombie
Arick Stillwagon ... Beta Zombie

Robert Kurtzman ... Beta Zombie

Ted Rae ... Beta Zombie
Keith Werle ... Beta Zombie

Howard Berger ... Beta Zombie
Beal Carrotes ... Beta Zombie
Robert Kino ... Mr. Miner
Todd Bryant ... Informative Student
Dawn Schroder ... Sorority Girl at Squad Car
Chris Dekker ... Dormie #1
Brian MacGregor ... Dormie #2

Dick Miller ... Walt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Shane Black ... Cop in Police Station (uncredited)

J. Armin Garza II ... Extra (uncredited)

Lori Lively ... Lori (uncredited)
Melanie Manos ... Blair (uncredited)

Greg Nicotero ... Extra (uncredited)

Chris Tashima ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Dekker 
 
Writing credits
Fred Dekker (written by)

Produced by
Bill Finnegan .... executive producer (as William Finnegan)
Charles Gordon .... producer
Donna Smith .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Barry De Vorzon 
 
Cinematography by
Robert C. New (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael N. Knue 
 
Casting by
Ilene Starger 
 
Production Design by
George Costello 
 
Art Direction by
Maria Caso 
 
Set Decoration by
Maria Caso 
 
Costume Design by
Eileen Kennedy 
 
Makeup Department
Howard Berger .... makeup effects artist
Frankie Campbell .... hair stylist
Bonita DeHaven .... set hair stylist (as Bonita M. DeHaven)
Bonita DeHaven .... set makeup artist (as Bonita M. DeHaven)
Earl Ellis .... makeup effects artist
Robert Kurtzman .... makeup effects artist
Tim Lawrence .... makeup effects artist
Frank Charles Lutkus III .... makeup effects artist (as Charles Lutkus)
Mark Maitre .... makeup effects artist
Shawn McEnroe .... makeup effects artist
David B. Miller .... makeup effects and creeps design
Kyle Sweet .... makeup artist (as Kyle Rae Tucy)
Bruce Zahlava .... makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Vahan Moosekian .... production supervisor
Donna Smith .... production manager
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Allan .... first assistant director
Phillip Christon .... second assistant director
Erica Fox .... second assistant director
Steve Miner .... second unit director
 
Art Department
James A. Burkhart .... assistant art director
Richard Bryan Douglas .... construction coordinator (as Richard Douglas)
Tim Hannon .... carpenter
David E. Harshbarger .... assistant property master
William C. Jones .... carpenter
Johnny Knight .... set dresser
David Eric Lee .... carpenter
Kevin Scott Mack .... set designer
John Hammer Maxwell .... carpenter (as John Maxwell)
Damon Medlen .... art assistant
Kurt Meisenbach .... assistant set decorator
Malcolm T. Morain .... art assistant
Greg Pruss .... storyboard artist (as Gregory Pruss)
Joe Rainey .... assistant art director (as Joseph Rainey)
Cynthia C. Rebman .... set dresser
Linda L. Rebman .... art assistant (as Linda Rebman)
Phil Roberts .... concept artist: spaceship interior
Allen Terry .... construction coordinator
Gregory R. Wolf .... property master (as Gregory Wolf)
 
Sound Department
William H. Angarola .... sound editor (as Bill Augorola)
Clark Conrad .... sound editor
Gordon L. Day .... sound re-recordist
Joe Fineman .... supervising sound editor
James Dean Fisher .... foley artist
Doug Gray .... sound editor (as Douglas N. Gray)
Stephen Halbert .... boom operator
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist (as Hilda Ann Hodges)
Barbara Issak .... sound editor
Adam Johnston .... foley editor
Brian Ruberg .... sound recordist
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recordist (as Paul Sharpe)
James Thornton .... sound mixer
James Wolvington .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
Tony Laudati .... dimensional animation effects (as Anthony Laudati)
Todd Masters .... dimensional animation effects
Lise Romanoff .... special effects assistant
Anton Rupprecht .... dimensional animation effects
Diana Williams .... dimensional animation effects
Diana Allen Williams .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Steve Burg .... alien spaceship designer
Michael Karp .... motion control operator
David B. Sharp .... supervisor: spaceship interiors
David Stipes .... visual effects supervisor: David Stipes Productions
Dana O'Connor .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Parish Allen .... first assistant camera (as John P. Allen)
Michael Bolner .... electrician
Bruce Byall .... grip
Paul Elliott .... second camera operator
Jim Grce .... electrician
Todd Griffith .... grip
Frieder Hocheim .... gaffer (as Frieder K. Hochheim)
John Joleaud .... electrician (as John A. Joleaud)
Brian H. Reynolds .... best boy grip
Joyce Rudolph .... still photographer
Lane Russell .... second assistant camera (as Lane G. Russell)
Roger Schweitzer .... video playback operator
Philip Sloan .... key grip (as Philip M. Sloan)
Jeff Smith .... dolly grip (as Jeffrey Smith)
Gary H. Swink .... best boy electric
Thaddeus Wadleigh .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Reatha Grey .... extra casting: Grey Images
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gayle Evans .... set costume supervisor
Sara Markowitz .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Michael Bloecher .... associate editor
Patrick J. Moore .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Rick Riccobono .... music supervisor
Doug Timm .... composer: additional music
Doug Timm .... orchestrator
Jim Weidman .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Tim Abbatoye .... transportation captain (as Timothy Abbatoye)
Billy G. Arter .... transportation coordinator
Moises Blay .... driver (as Moses Blay)
John Cahill .... driver
Jon Carpenter .... driver
John Jarvis .... driver
Bud Thompson .... driver
Val Thorgusen .... driver
 
Other crew
Jeff Behlendorf .... payroll services: Elite Payroll
Michael Burnett .... stop-motion puppet fabricator
Richard Dixon .... production auditor (as Dick Dixon)
Margaret E. Fannin .... production coordinator
Ernest D. Farino .... title designer
David Fulton .... publicist (as David N. Fulton)
Lawrence Greenberg .... production assistant (as Larry Greenberg)
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Joseph A. Liuzzi .... location manager
Cindy Lovelady .... payroll services: Elite Payroll (as Cindy Hornickel)
Brian Joseph Moore .... accounting liaison (as Brian J. Moore)
Warren Oliver .... craft service (as Warren S. Oliver)
Ted Rae .... creeps supervisor
David Roessell .... assistant to executive producer
Rocky Sagebiel .... set security
Jackie Saunders .... script supervisor
Joan Scoccimarro .... assistant to producer
Marian Shambo .... production secretary
William Shea .... production assistant
Brian A. Williams .... assistant production auditor
Chino 'Fats' Williams .... set security
 

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Runtime:
88 min | Germany:85 min (cut version)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Belgium:16 (video rating) | Chile:(Banned) | Chile:18 (Valparaiso) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1989) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1987) | France:-12 | Germany:16 (cut) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1988) | Norway:(Banned) (1986-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Corman University" is a reference to director/producer Roger Corman.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Bradster calls, Cynthia puts the phone to her ear twice.See more »
Quotes:
Detective Cameron:You sonuva bitch. I already killed you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Caught Up In The CrossfireSee more »

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66 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
Underrated, too little known comedy horror gem, 21 February 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

After an "experiment" is accidentally released from a spaceship in a tube, it crashes on Earth where it infects a youth in the 1950s. Flash forward to the mid 1980s, and the youth is now cryogenically frozen in a university lab for study. At least until Chris Romero (Jason Lively) and J.C. Hooper (Steve Marshall) release him, and he begins infecting countless members of a small college town.

Director and writer Fred Dekker, who has had a lamentably short career as a helmer, wrote Night of the Creeps in seven days. He told himself that if he did not get to the end of the script by that self-imposed deadline, the whole thing would go into the garbage. If this is what one can come up with in such a flurry, maybe more scripts should have time limits. We should also be glad that he sold the script with a caveat: if he wasn't allowed to helm the film, he wasn't going to sell it. He's said that he didn't care if it sold or not at the time.

Why Dekker has received so little recognition and respect in the industry is difficult to say. Night of the Creeps didn't have the wide release and promotion that it deserved, especially given its $5 million budget (it's curious that TriStar didn't push more to make its money back). Both this film and Dekker's 1987 effort, The Monster Squad, are currently only available on bootleg DVDs in the U.S.

Night of the Creeps is one of the better horror/comedies of the 1980s. The script is clever, paying homage to everything from 1950s sci-fi horror to the zombie craze started by George Romero to 1980s slasher films and even John Hughes. Just in case one couldn't catch the homage angle, Dekker has a lot of character and place names that are tributes to various genre directors. Dekker's dialogue is witty and memorable--there are a few classic diatribes in the film that would be worthwhile and a lot of fun to memorize. Dekker's writing is self-conscious and self-mocking, predating Scream (1996) by 10 years (there is actually a whole class of 1980s and early 1990s flicks that were doing everything Scream was credited with revolutionizing). Dekker is not afraid to be joyously silly, as with genre character actor favorite Tom Atkins' response when asked if he's Detective Cameron--"No, Bozo the Clown". Dekker even gives us the 1980s high school classic of the hand-cranked middle finger.

But Night of the Creeps isn't just a comedy. The serious horror aspects of Night of the Creeps are extremely well done. The film is suspenseful, the effects are good, and there is plenty of gore for fans. Dekker could have easily made an effective retro horror film--most of the first five minutes are set in the 1950s, shot in black and white, and have an authentic feel, with just a dash of tongue in its cheek. He smoothly transitions from The Blob (1958) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)-styled sci-fi (with heavy Alien (1979) touches) to early 1980s slasher material, then to a more complex and fantastic collage of zombies, slugs and detectives seeking revenge.

While the film isn't likely to be appreciated by those who dislike mixing their horror with comedy, and especially won't be appreciated by viewers who don't even realize that it's supposed to also be a comedy, neither type is very likely to watch it in the first place--at least not for long. For those with the appropriate mindset and love of horror (it's a lot more fun if one is familiar with everything being referenced), Night of the Creeps is a gem that deserves better recognition. We should at least be able to buy it on an official DVD (and please put both endings on the disc).

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