Movie Review: NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

NIGHT OF THE CREEPS was written and directed by Fred Dekker and stars Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Jill Whitlow, Steve Marshall, Alice Cadogan, Suzanne Snyder, Bruce Solomon, Wally Taylor, David Paymer and Robert Kino. The music was composed by Barry De Vorzon and Stan Ridgway.

The good news is your date is here. The bad news is…he’s dead. When an alien experiment goes awry, it crashes to Earth in 1959 and infects a young college student. Twenty-seven years later, his cryogenically frozen body is thawed out by fraternity pledges … and the campus is quickly overrun by alien creatures whose victims turn into zombies!

In 1959 an alien experiment goes wrong and ends up finding its way to Earth and infects a college student who ends up getting frozen in suspended animation afterwards. There’s a few other things (like naked midget aliens) that take place but I don’t want to ruin too much for you if you’re the one that hasn’t seen it yet. The movie then fast forwards to 1986 and follows Chris Romero (Jason Lively) and his best friend J.C. (Steve Marshall), two college nerds that end up tasked with retrieving a cadaver from the medical lab but they end up finding a secret room and discover the frozen corpse of the infected man from back in 1957 and guess what happens next. The reason they’re doing this in the first place is because Chris wants to impress Cynthia Cronenberg (Jill Whitlow) because he has a major crush on her.

What happens is, the corpse thaws out and reanimates and when Detective Ray Cameron (Tom Atkins) arrives on the scene to fill it with lead some alien slugs start creeping out of it and they infect anything or anyone in their path. If a slug gets you then it turns you into a zombie! Ray is already familiar with this because his girlfriend got killed in the incident back in 1959 that ended up getting covered up and it’s something that’s haunted him for years. Now zombies are on the loose and they all have to team up to battle it out with the undead creeps as their numbers grow and students around campus get infected. Chris and Cynthia even find some flame throwers to take out a few zombies and finally Ray comes up with a plan to stop this terrifying nightmare before it gets anymore out of control. In the end, Ray goes out in a blaze of glory and takes those pesky slugs with him – or does he? Depends which cut you watch.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. The two discs also feature artwork that matches each cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast rewatching Night of the Creeps for the umpteenth time because this is one of those classic 80’s romps that never gets old and it’s one of my personal favorites. It pays homage perfectly to those classic drive-in movies from the 50’s because it has both science fiction and horror elements and to me that’s the best of both worlds. Word is Fred Dekker wrote the script in just a week and it ended up being such a fun mashup that includes aliens, slugs, a slasher, zombies and if you pay close attention to the last names of some of the characters – they’re all named after fan favorite filmmakers. I really liked the characters and thought the cast did a really good job with them and it looks like they had so much fun filming the movie. It’s character driven all the way! There’s also some old school practical and makeup effects plus lots of blood and gore to boot. I’d say there’s a little gross factor but that’s part of its charm. There’s even flame throwers! Night of the Creeps is another gem that simply gets better as it ages. Scream Factory did a fantastic job with this sci-fi horror romp from the 80’s because they’ve included both cuts of the movie and included lots of fantastic extras. Night of the Creeps will be available on a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set on June 25th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: Theatrical Cut – 88 Minutes / Director’s Cut – 90 Minutes

Rated: Theatrical Cut – R / Director’s Cut – Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: This release features both theatrical and director’s cut versions of the film and new extras that include interviews with cast and crew, an episode of Horrors’ Hallowed Grounds, seven deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer and two audio commentary tracks.

Disc One:

Theatrical Version

  • Thrill Me!: The Making of NIGHT OF THE CREEPS – a five-part documentary on the making of the film featuring interviews with writer/director Fred Dekker, actors Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, producer Charles Gordon, special makeup effects creator David B. Miller, Special Makeup Effects artists Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman and more
  1. Birth of the Creeps (10:42)
  2. Cast of the Creeps (15:58)
  3. Creating the Creeps (10:33)
  4. Escape of the Creeps (11:35)
  5. Legend of the Creeps (10:59)
  • Tom Atkins: Man of Action – a look at the actor’s career (19:55)
  • Deleted Scenes (07:39)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:32)

Disc Two:

Director’s Cut

  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Fred Dekker
  • Audio Commentary with actors Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall and Jill Whitlow
  • NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – a look at the film’s locations today with host Sean Clark, director Fred Dekker and actor Jason Lively (10:56)
  • NEW Real Good Plan – an interview with actor Jason Lively (10:46)
  • NEW The Bradster– an interview with actor Alan Kayser (07:42)
  • NEW I Vote For That One – an interview with actor Ken Heron (10:12)
  • NEW Worst Coroner Ever – an interview with actor Vic Polizos (06:28)
  • NEW Answering the Door – an interview with actress Suzanne Snyder (04:00)
  • NEW Final Cut – an interview with editor Michael N. Knue (11:21)
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