Night of the Creeps

June 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm (8 Heads, Night of the Creeps) (, , , , , )

Night of the Creeps – 1986 – United States

Night of the Creeps immediately establishes its absurd tone. Pudgy alien dwarves have a shootout aboard their spaceship until one launches a capsule of parasitic worms toward Earth. In 1959, a teenager discovers the capsule and becomes a host. In an unrelated subplot, an axe murderer escapes from an asylum and goes on a rampage. All this happens in the first fifteen minutes.

In 1986, two boys sneak into a college laboratory to steal a human body for a fraternity prank. Instead, they defrost the cryogenically preserved teenager from 1959. The revived corpse stalks the campus, spreading a plague of worms. The worms leap into people’s mouths and incubate in their brains, transforming them to bloodthirsty zombies and eventually exploding their heads. A dorky dude, his cute girlfriend, and a deranged suicidal cop massacre the hordes of zombies and worms with a shotgun and a flamethrower.

Night of the Creeps shows little restraint. The plot is an amalgamation of ridiculous clichés with no concern for coherency, and the cartoonish gore is nonstop. The result is pretty funny, especially the wacky dialogue where every sentence is a one-liner or sarcastic joke. Clips from Plan 9 from Outer Space are shown on a television, clearly broadcasting Night of the Creeps’ intent.

In the 1980s, horror films became more self-aware, resulting in lots of horror comedies. Along with Night of the Comet (1984) and Return of the Living Dead (1985), Night of the Creeps is a memorable example. Writer/director Fred Dekker also wrote/directed the hilarious Monster Squad (1987).

Rating: 8/10 Shrunken Heads. The coolest and most endearing character is the main character’s roommate, a fearless fast-talker who walks with two crutches. He dies in a tragic scene.

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