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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
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Night of the Creeps -- Clip: Cryogenics

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Director:
Writer:
Fred Dekker (written by)
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Release Date:
22 August 1986 (USA) See more »
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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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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)
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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)
Matt Hannon .... carpenter (as Matthew J. Hannon)
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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
The movie the house mother is watching on TV is Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When J.C. first opens the door of his bathroom stall, there is no graffiti on the wall behind Mr. Miner's corpse. The graffiti appears when he emerges from the stall and crawls across the floor.See more »
Quotes:
Detective Cameron:What I'm going to need is your standard flame thrower.See more »
Soundtrack:
In The WildernessSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
It Thrilled ME!!, 3 January 2010
Author: Chris Smith (RockPortReview) from United States

Night of the Creeps 12/14/09

This movie is a gem of the 1980's horror/comedy genre. It was just released on DVD for the first time this October. Directed by Fred Dekker, this landmark movie has inspired many other horror films like 2006's "Slither" by Sean Gunn. It's a great party film or so I've heard. I don't get out much or I could confirm this theory.

The opening scene shows midgets in rubber suits (Aliens) on a space ship that is being invaded. Is that a great way to open a movie or what! They jettison a container of something into to space and it finds its way to Earth. We then come upon a scene set in the 1950's that is shot in black and white. There is a teenage couple making out at a lovers lane cliff overlooking the city, when they sees a "UFO" crash into a field. They go to examine the crash as the radio blares about an escape mental patient. They pull over on a vacant stretch of road and the guy goes into the woods to investigate. We see the escape psychopath approaching the car, and he eventually hacks up the girl with an ax. Upon inspection of the UFO the guy has and alien slug fly into his mouth, infecting him. This is where the movie goes back to color and we see Detective Landis disturbed from his nap by the phone ringing. Landis is your typical hardboiled cop who found those bodies' years back. He has the memorable catch phrase of "thrill me!" every time he answers the phone.

Our main characters are two college freshmen. Chris is played by Jason Lively who got the part right after playing Rusty in the classic European Vacation. He is your basic everyman that you can really get behind and root for in a horror movie. Then we have his best friend J.C. played by Steve Marshall. He's a witty, smart assed handicapped kid who everybody likes. Except of course those mean frat guys. The head frat guy is played for a laugh, since he is such a clichéd stereotype. He is a blonde haired, sweater vest wearing guy named Brad. His red sports car even has license plates that say "Bradster". What a douche! Anyway Chris has a huge crush on a sorority girl, Cynthia, but she is also the Bradster girlfriend. Chris and J.C. try to get into a fraternity and must somehow get a dead body and put it another frat houses yard as a pledge. In the college medical research building they find a cryo-chamber with the frozen body of the infected guy from the '50's. Needless to say he is thawed and escapes to infect the campus. Upon investigating the lab Detective Landis asks the cops "Is this a homicide or a bad B-movie." Director Fred Dekker also wrote the script and has several tongue-in cheek scenes and bits of dialogue. Kind of like what the Scream movies did in the mid 90's.

The alien slugs go in through your mouth and lay eggs in the unfortunate person's brain, turning them into zombies. Their heads eventually (wheather shot or hit with an ax) explode, releasing more slugs to infect more people. Cynthia finally leaves Brad after he trip J.C. in front of a crowd. Dude, picking on the crippled kids will not win you points with the ladies. Chris finally gathers enough courage to talk to her and she asks him to be her date for the dance. On the night of the big formal, the frat guys run into a little bad luck, and Detective Landis (who has all the best lines) says "The good news is your dates are here, the bad new is their dead." The whole sorority house scene that follows is completely insane and fun to watch.

Although made in 1986, this movie feels very modern and way ahead of it's time, even if can be very 80's at times. The blood and gore effects are actually quite good considering the meager five million dollar budget they had to work with. It was also made in a time without the aid of computers and CGI. Many horror movies released today are either remakes of popular 80's movies or made to give it the feel of the time period. Looking back who doesn't miss the 80's? (I'm laughing on the inside)

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