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Night of the Creeps (Director's Cut) (1986)

Jason Lively , Tom Atkins , Fred Dekker  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, Wally Taylor
  • Directors: Fred Dekker
  • Writers: Fred Dekker
  • Producers: Bill Finnegan, Charles Gordon, Donna Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024FAG44
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Night of the Creeps (Director's Cut)" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary with Writer/ Director Fred Dekker
Cast Commentary
Birth of the Creeps
Cast of the Creeps
Creating the Creeps
Escape of the Creeps
Legend of the Creeps
Tom Atkins: Man of Action
Original Theatrical Ending
Trivia Track
Deleted Scenes

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Night of the Creeps, Fred (The Monster Squad) Dekker's spoof/tribute to '50s-era horror and science fiction, died an unheralded death at the box office back in the slasher-centric '80s, but it developed a passionate cult following in the ensuing decades; aficionados and first-timers alike will be thrilled with this DVD release, which underscores the film's loopy charms with a wealth of fun supplemental features. The premise is prime Creature Feature material--in 1959 an alien experiment containing vile, sluglike organisms that possess their hosts crashes to Earth, where one of the slugs takes over a young Lover's Lane habitué; flash-forward to 1986, when hapless nerds Jason Lively (brother of Gossip Girl's Blake Lively) and Steve Marshall discover the corpse, cryogenically frozen in their college lab, and accidentally free it as part of a prank. The body unleashes its extraterrestrial passenger, which proceeds to infect the student population at a breakneck pace. Dekker juggles his humor and horror with a fair amount of skill, though for every inspired moment, there's a groaner or two (it was the '80s, after all); the presence of genre vet Tom Atkins (The Fog, the 2009 My Bloody Valentine) lends a proper degree of grit. Though not perfect, Night of the Creeps was--and remains--a refreshingly quirky alternative to the franchise-heavy studio horror of the decade.

As a reward for the cadre of fans who have been waiting so long for Creeps to reach the DVD market, the director's-cut DVD is bursting at the seams with extras devoted to the film's creation and legacy. Two commentary tracks--one with Dekker, the other with Lively, Marshall, Atkins, and costar Jill Whitlow--provide insight into both the technical and the production sides of the film; the latter is particularly notable for the cast's first viewing of the movie's original, less-gimmicky (and preferable) ending, also included here. Dekker and the cast reunite for an impressive, four-part making-of featurette, which includes interviews with makeup creators David B. Miller, Howard Berger, and Robert Kurtzman and producer Charles Gordon. Atkins also gets his own spotlight extra, which profiles his long and prolific career both in and out of the horror genre; the disc is rounded out with seven deleted scenes, the original trailer, and a text-only trivia track that can be played along with the feature itself. --Paul Gaita




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Product Description

In this campy chiller, a college couple, in 1959, see an object plummet to Earth like a meteor. The boy accidentally swallows a space-slug that shoots out. In 1986, two freshmen roam the campus and stumble across the corpse of the boy who swallowed the space-slug. Once thawed out, the corpse comes to life.

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Gave Me the Creeps!!! July 1, 2009
Format:DVD
1986 was a pretty good year for horror films. There were stellar, undeniable classic releases like ALIENS and The Fly. Gore soaked goodies such as From Beyond and Demons. And then there was a severely underrated gem called Night of the Creeps.

A skin crawling tale about parasitic alien slugs accidentally unleashed from a cryogenic state of suspended animation, wrecking havoc on a college campus by way of invading the student bodies bodies through the mouth, effectively turning them into kill-happy zombies. The infesting parasites incubate in the brain long enough to spawn another generation. When the alien slugs are born, the host's top pops!

This is a endearing homage to everything from 50's B-movies, George Andrew Romero's zombies, silly teen/early twentysomething movies, slasher flicks and much more, wonderfully directed by Fred Dekker.

If you enjoy watching college frat boy wannabes screaming like banshees, a cool, catch phrase spewing detective settle old vendettas with an ax wielding reanimated corpse, gratuitous scenes of slugs violently and graphically erupting from peoples heads, and a little T&A to arouse your eyes...well this movie's for you. I know it's certainly for me. I've seen it so many times(lost the exact count)and it never losses it's appeal. The biggest draw in this movie is unquestionably venerable character actor Tom Atkins performance of a lifetime as Detective Cameron. Trust me you will hang on every word Atkins utters.

If you have not yet viewed this cult fave stop for a moment and give this one the chance to creep up on 'ya!
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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"In the words of Detective Cameron..."Thrill Me!" And for 23-years, this film has continued to thrill fans and has literally become a film that has achieved cult status. Director Frank Dekker gets his wish for a release of a Director's Cut with his original intended ending and fans of the film are treated to a reunion by the original cast 23-years later and also a tribute to the career of Tom Atkins. Definitely an enjoyable DVD release and a great tribute to one of the more hilarious comedy horror films ever created. Highly recommended!"

In 1986, a horror/zombie film called "Night of the Creeps" became a cult hit among fans due to the film's comedic nature but also how it pays homage to the horror genre.

The film is written and directed by Fred Dekker ("The Monster Squad", "RoboCop 3', "Enterprise"), produced by Charles Gordon ("Field of Dreams", "Die Hard", "Hitman"), music by Barry De Vorzon ("The Twilight Zone", "Tatoo", "Private Benjamin) and cinematography by Robert C. New ("So Weird", "Blade: The Series").

Although never considered a scary, horror film, "Night of the Creeps" was a film that caught attention for its screenplay, its special effects and its campiness but it was one of those 80's films that continues to be a fan favorite and for many years, many fans have waited for the film to be released on DVD. On Oct. 27th, the film via a director's cut receives a DVD and also a Blu-ray HD treatment and comes with the ending that Fred Dekker originally wanted and also a reunion of the cast 23 years later.

The film kicks off in a space ship where two aliens hunt down one of their own who has stolen an experiment. The alien in pursuit manages to rid of the canister and launches it out into space.
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An under-appreciated gem of campy sci-fi-tinged horror, this directional debut from director Fred Dekker has everything from a busload of frat-guy zombies to an undead killer puppy to an amusing death by lawnmower rampage that foreshadows Peter Jackson's over-the-top finale to Dead Alive. Virtually unnoticed during its brief theatrical run, this wildly entertaining horror-comedy achieved a cult status following its home-video release. This low-budget effort throws alien monsters, axe-wielding killers, flesh-eating zombies, nudity, and drunken fraternity pranks into a blender, spiced with witty one-liners and references to dozens of horror classics.

The result is a satisfying treat that will tickle the tastebuds of horror fans. The film's nominal protagonists are a pair of randy fraternity pledges who open a can of worms when they steal a corpse from the campus medical facility and release a horde of space-leeches, which proceed to infest the bodies of everyone in sight. The host bodies subsequently become homicidal zombies with a penchant for popping in on unsuspecting sorority girls. The town's only hope seems to be a hard-boiled ex-cop who has uncovered the secret link between the zombie invasion and a 30-year-old axe-murder case... and who's also several sandwiches shy of a picnic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie ..... loved it.
Published 5 days ago by Ryan wolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome! :)
Published 16 days ago by Jennie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
had no problems.
Published 25 days ago by Henry062568
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy but Fun
With the exception of Tom Atkins, Dick Miller, and Jason Lively, I don't think I've ever seen any of the actors in this film anywhere else. That doesn't make it a bad film, though. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Toni V. Sweeney
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Horror Spoof
Not quite as great as I remembered it being when I watched it in the early 90's, but was still entertaining. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. J. Addington
5.0 out of 5 stars Not smart, not skilled, but by God it's fun
One of the prime examples of why B movie horror is worthy of ones time. From Tom Atkins utterly flawless scenery-chewing character work to the unique cinematography and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by RL
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
I finally got this on DVD and I loved it. just as I remembered plus a lot of awesome features to go with it. If you're a Horror fan of the 80's than this is the film for you.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT AND FUNNY HOMAGE TO 50'S SCI-FI!
I had never seen or heard of this film before it came on one of my HD channels a few years ago. This send-up hybrid of Sci-Fi/Horror/Comedy which pays tribute to all those old... Read more
Published 4 months ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved it
it was so great i avent seen this movie since the vhs days it was great to watch brought back childhood memories
Published 6 months ago by Gene O.
5.0 out of 5 stars good find
Boyfriend kept talking about this movie so I looked for it on here and success! He loved it when he opened it for Christmas was a great gift. Thumbs up!
Published 7 months ago by Lisa
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So is it just me or do all three cover options suck?
I don't think the current selection of artwork fits the movie at all. It is horribly bland and uninspired. This movie is not a cheesy forgetable flick, but rather, a cult classic that people have been waiting for to get the dvd treatment for years and it deserves better artwork than the current... Read More
Jul 18, 2009 by Pixelriffic |  See all 13 posts
What ending do you prefer?
The director's own preferred ending is better to me a bit, specifically because:

- you know that Cynthia and Chris are still alive
- you get to think "Man, the creeps are entering a cemetery and it's
going to be a big disaster!"
- it's what the director meant it to be

It's bad... Read More
Nov 9, 2010 by GratedTopping |  See all 3 posts
release date?
- "Birth of Creeps" featuring Dekker talking about the origins of the project
- "Cast of the Creeps" featuring Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall and Jill Whitlow

- "Creating The Creeps" featuring interviews with SFX creators David B. Miller and Robert... Read More
Jun 15, 2009 by Coqui2k |  See all 4 posts
Blu-ray have both versions?
The blu-ray does not include the DVD, if that's what your wondering...
Mar 18, 2011 by Indy Eddy |  See all 3 posts
I just watched this movie.
Let me get this straight . . . he's complaining that the picture is too good, and blu-rays should include a down-graded standard def version. Sheesh!
May 24, 2014 by Charlie |  See all 3 posts
Some good 80s horror movies. Be the first to reply
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