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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

Writer:

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 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 (39) »

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It'll be the night of your life... death See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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

Night of the Creeps wasn't the only Fred Dekker script which included zombies attacking humans. Around 1988 he and his friend, screenwriter Shane Black worked together on writing a final draft of the script titled Shadow Company. It was actually the first script that Black wrote in 1984, a year before he wrote his first draft of Lethal Weapon (1987). The script was to be an action horror film about a group of US special forces soldiers who died during the Vietnam war and years later after their bodies are brought back the soldiers, who were members of secret army experiments, rise up from the graves as rotting, unstoppable zombies. The zombie soldiers would have raided the armory from a nearby army base and then proceeded to destroy the town in which they were buried, killing everyone in it and wiping it off the ground during Christmas night. The movie was going to be directed by John Carpenter sometime in 1989, produced by Walter Hill (who also did some uncredited work on the script) and with Kurt Russell in the main role, but it was never made. The original script by Black and Dekker did gain a cult following by theirs and Carpenter's fans. See more »

Goofs

J.C. is sitting on the toilet, trying to reach for the matches on the floor, which disappear as we cut to the wide shot from outside the booth. See more »

Quotes

Detective Cameron: What's this?
Detective Landis: It was a grad student. He was scheduled to work here this evening.
Detective Cameron: Looks like he worked a little too hard, huh?
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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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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Mandy and The Predator (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Put Your Head on My Shoulder
Performed by Paul Anka
Courtesy of Paul Anka
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S10 Reviews: Night of the Creeps (1986)
7 March 2005 | by suspiria10See all my reviews

Chris and J.C. are to college geeks. They are always the brunt of the jokes and always ready to give back a quick tongue lashing. When Chris takes a shine to one of the sorority girls both Chris and J.C. have to perform a hazing prank so they can join the fraternity and win his fair maiden. The boys are sent to the campus morgue to get a body but through a series of fowl ups reanimate a cryogenically frozen body that has an alien parasite residing in its body. It seems these parasites enter your mouth and take over your body whether you're dead or alive. Hilarity ensues as Chris and a police detective attempt to save the campus then the world.

Night of the Creeps is one seriously fun film. A mixture of1950's sci-fi films mixed with some zombie action and a lot of humor. Night of the Creeps is a gem that needs to be revived in the DVD age. Tom Atkins is the highlight as the foul-mouthed and sarcastic detective that accompanies Chris during the debacle.


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