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Night of the Creeps (1986)

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Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

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Fred Dekker

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Fred Dekker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Lively ... Chris
Steve Marshall ... J.C.
Jill Whitlow ... Cynthia
Tom Atkins ... Ray Cameron
Wally Taylor 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 June Harris ... Karen
David Paymer ... Young Scientist
David Oliver ... Steve
Evelyne Smith ... House Mother
Ivan E. Roth ... Psycho Zombie
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Storyline

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 <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

alien | survival | zombie | prologue | slug | See All (41) »

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If you scream... you're dead. See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Homecoming Night See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$591,366
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Grafitti on the wall of the men's room where J.C. is trying to escape a number of slugs reads, "Go Monster Squad!". The Monster Squad (1987) was also directed by Fred Dekker. See more »

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During the scene when Chris and J.C. are confronted, one shot shows the second-unit AD clearly in the background waving towards people off camera to stay out of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Detective Cameron: I suppose Rip Van Winkle would be the other body; where is it?
Sergeant Raimi: The other body isn't here, sir.
Detective Cameron: What? Did he have a date? Whaddya mean it isn't here?
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Alternate Versions

Originally filmed with an ending in which Ray Cameron walks out of the house as a zombie, then collapses in front of a cemetery as the slug-like creatures escape from his body and head toward the graves; the alien spacecraft from the opening scene then arrives and begins to search the graveyard with spotlights. For the original theatrical and home video releases this was replaced with a briefer ending in which a slug-creature jumps out of the zombie-dog's mouth as the characters watch the sorority house burn down. The version with the original ending was used for some TV airings and later released as the Director's Cut (which includes the re-shot ending as a separate bonus feature). See more »

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References The Evil Dead (1981) See more »

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The Big Heat
Performed by Stan Ridgway
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"What is this, a homicide or a bad B movie?"
5 December 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

College freshmen Chris and J.C. (Jason Lively, Steve Marshall) are trying to join a fraternity and are given the initiation challenge of stealing a body from the morgue. In attempting to do this, they unfreeze a cryogenically-frozen body that was inhabited by parasitic alien slugs in 1959. Now the alien slugs are free and attacking the college campus, turning people into zombies. After his friend is killed, Chris tries to stop the slugs & zombies with the help of a detective (Tom Atkins) whose tragic backstory ties into the alien attack in 1959.

This terrific '80s horror comedy from Fred Dekker is one of the most underrated movies from that decade. Steve Marshall is great fun as the handicapped best friend of 'the hero.' He gets many of the movie's best lines. Jason Lively and beautiful Jill Whitlow are both good. Allan Kayser (Bubba from "Mama's Family") is the Zabka-esque jock villain. The movie's highlight is Tom Atkins, who gives a memorable performance as the tough and sarcastic detective. The movie's filled with in-jokes and references that genre fans will enjoy. The movie itself is a sort of homage to classic B sci-fi/horror flicks of the '50s. By the way, in one scene Jill Whitlow is making cookies or something in the kitchen with her sorority sisters. She drops a wooden spoon and kicks it under the refrigerator. Then she picks it up and proceeds to put it right back in the bowl. Eww, how gross is that? That made me want to vomit far more than any of the movie's special effects! Give it a shot and I'm sure you'll agree it's great fun and years ahead of its time. Any movie with a Dick Miller cameo can't be that bad.


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