Movie Review: The Creep Behind The Camera (Special Edition) Blu-ray

The Creep Behind the Camera was written and directed by Pete Schuermann and stars Josh Phillips, Jodi Lynn Thomas, and Bill LeVasseur. The score is by John Schuermann.

A creature is haunting the streets of Los Angeles, waiting for the cover of night to stalk innocent young girls. Hungry for fame and fortune, it’s fueled by a demonic rage ready to devour anyone attempting to hinder its becoming the most powerful entity in Hollywood. While sometimes called A.J. Nelson, this demon is more commonly known as Vic Savage. This is his story…

In 1964, Vic Savage made THE CREEPING TERROR with a microscopic budget verging on the non-existent. Quickly earning a reputation as the worst movie ever made, it tells of the arrival of an unconvincing alien life-form (a shambling carpet creature made of plastic tubing, wire and soap) that devours its picnicking, dancing and guitar-playing victims. Much like the infamous Ed Wood, Savage managed to pull off a variety of schemes to convince an honest producer to invest in what he promised to be “the biggest monster movie ever made”.

Told through re-enactments and containing shockingly true stories of many of the actual people involved with the production, Pete Schuermann’s THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA is the funny and ultimately terrifying saga of the making of THE CREEPING TERROR, and a disastrous portrait of a talentless artist who ultimately succumbs to his own self-destructive behavior. Starring Josh Phillips in the larger-than-life performance as Vic Savage, and Jodi Lynn Thomas (AMC’s PREACHER) as his unsuspecting wife Lois, THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA pays vibrant tribute to an inglorious chapter in the history of genre cinema, incidentally exposing one of the most unimaginably radical antitheses of the Hollywood dream.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features logos for each movie. 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, The Creep Behind The Camera ended up being a surprisingly fantastic watch that’s character driven to the max. This dark comedy/mockumentary plays like a sick and twisted biography about this psychotic madman/conman who was willing to do anything to make his movie. Pete Schuermann not only came up with a fascinating story for his film but he awas able to revisit the old horror classic by inserting new interviews with some of the original cast and crew who share their zany experiences. Simply put, it’s a movie about a movie and is as ambitious and entertaining of a watch than any indie film I’ve witnessed in a long time. The story was fun, the dark humor was sick and twisted, the score fit the movie just right, and all of the acting was top notch. The monster was as bad as you’d expect but it also gives the movie part of its unique charm. There’s also a little blood and gore to go along with it all. The Creep Behind the Camera / The Creeping Terror is a must watch double feature that releases on Blu-ray on September 12th and is definitely worth checking out. These two go together like peanut butter and jelly!

Distributor: Synapse Films

Run Time: The Creep Behind the Camera – 110 Minutes / The Creeping Terror – 77 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: The Creep Behind the Camera – 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)  / The Creeping Terror 1080p High-Definition Full Screen (1.33:1) / All Regions

Blu-ray Audio: The Creep Behind the Camera – English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / The Creeping Terror – English DTS- HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include the horror classic The Creepng Terror that has been given a nice high-def upgrade. Synopsis: A newlywed sheriff tries to stop a shambling monster from outer space before it absorbs everyone in town. The extras also feature some audio commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, alternate ending and trailers for both movies.

  • All-New 2K Scan of the Original Horror Classic, THE CREEPING TERROR (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • Audio Commentary with Director Pete Schuermann, Producer Nancy Theken and Stars Josh Phillips & Jodi Lynn Thomas
  • The Making of THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA (25:54)
  • How to Build a Carpet Monster (28:11)
  • Breaking Down Art’s Death Scene (07:23)
  • Monster Movie Homages (00:50)
  • “One Mick to Another” with Byrd Holland & Allan Silliphant (05:05)
  • Deleted Scenes (11:35)
  • Alternate Ending (01:48)
  • Screamfest Black Carpet Q&A with Frank Conniff (18:45)
  • The Creep Behind the Camera – Original Theatrical Trailer (02:34)
  • The Creeping Terror – Screamfest Promotional Trailer (03:50)
  • Newly Translated Removable SDH English Subtitles

 

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