Night of the Creeps is a fantastic horror film from director Fred Dekker. The film was written to pay homage to classic b-movies of the 1950’s. While the film bombed when released in 1986, it’s developed a cult following in the decades that followed.
Dekker did a great job with Night of the Creeps, creating a hybrid film of multiple genres. While the main focus is a zombie storyline, it also brings in slasher and “body snatcher” themes. The movie is purposely loaded with b-movie cliches, in an attempt to spoof those films. One issue that has plagued the movie is that it often feels like the movie is using those cliches, instead of spoofing them.
In 1959, on board a spacecraft, two aliens race to keep an experiment from being released by a third member of the crew. Detective Ray Cameron, a haunted cop, is called in to the cryogenics lab break-in, where he discovers one of the bodies – the boy who discovered the alien experiment in 1959 – is now missing, set free by Chris and J.C.
Night of the Creeps often creates great suspense, followed by some hilarious scenes. Tom Atkins (Halloween 3) is great, as always, and brings quality acting into the otherwise young cast. While it’s not Fred Dekker’s best work (Monster Squad, Predator), it’s still a fun watch and I can’t recommend it enough as an escape from the typical Halloween releases.