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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.
- 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
- How to Build a Carpet Monster
- Breaking Down Art's Death Scene
- Monster Movie Homages
- "One Mick to Another" with Byrd Holland & Allan Silliphant
- Deleted Scenes
- Alternate Ending
- Screamfest Black Carpet Q&A with Frank Conniff
- The Creep Behind The Camera Original Theatrical Trailer
- The Creeping Terror Screamfest Promotional Trailer
"I'm not sure I remember the last time a movie made me laugh so hard one moment then chilled me to my core seconds later. Anyone that has an interest in the seedy underbelly of Hollywood would be well served by The Creep Behind The Camera." ---Mike Snoonian, All Things Horror
"Both disturbing and funny, this film shows just how murky the film industry used to be, and one suspects it hasn't really changed that much. A real delight, not to be missed by any cult film fan." ---Simon, Sci-Fi London
"Schuermann's balance between documentary and docudrama is pitch-perfect, making THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA not only engrossing but thoroughly entertaining." ---August Ragone, Famous Monsters of Filmland
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Then there's this weird other thing - The Creep Behind the Camera - we have real-people interviews - those are fine, but then we have a bio-pic along with it, and that thing is simply as inept as The Creeping Terror. Filled with awful schmacting, bad direction, bad music, and bad writing, and then it just goes on and on and on, basically the same scenes over and over again. In fact, I better publish it before I change it to one-star.
The original film tells the story of a young couple on their way home from their honeymoon. Martin is a sheriff who is soon faced with trying to battle an outer space alien intent on devouring the occupants of the town he protects. Simple enough story, terrible presentation. To begin with the monster itself looks exactly like what it is, a carpet covered framework that inspires more laughs or head scratching than actual terror. Then there is the acting, if you can call it that. In the end the movie looks like it’s trying to vie for worst film ever and making Ed Wood look great. The film is presented in blu-ray format though and being included with the main film makes it something to examine after watching that.
Now, THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA. What we have here is part documentary part biographical film, a combination to tell the story of the man behind THE CREEPING TERROR, Art “A.J.” Nelson aka Vic Savage. And what a story it is.
Nelson was at best a con man and at worst one of the most inept movie directors to ever put story to film. He was a sleaze of the highest order, a liar who felt that no matter what he said people would buy it, a man who lied to himself as much as he did to others. He romances a young woman and gets her to leave her home only to abuse her and sleep with other women in front of her.
As the story progresses Nelson continues to tell people he wants to make the greatest movie monster film ever made with the most terrifying monster on screen filmed to date. But he squanders the money investors provide and gives them back footage which is unintelligible and nonsensical with things that don’t match from one scene to the next. Though it all he believes he is making something special.
A tyrannical director prone to yelling and attacking his crew, he forces the men inside the monster costume to work under deplorable conditions to the point they pass out from the heat inside of it. He short changes the effects manager who takes the costume back and then steals if from him. He hires “actresses” based on their willingness to go to bed with him rather than ability. His abuses of both those around him and of his own body end up coming back to haunt him.
Rather than a rags to riches movie about how a poor boy makes good in Hollywood we’re instead presented with a tale of poor boy gets money and goes from bad to worse. The fact that Nelson has no more than two titles with his name attached on imdb says a lot. His story offers little for make you feel sympathy for him but tons for those whose lives he touched.
The film is well made with a great combination of interviews mixed with actors portraying the events that took place. Josh Phillips as Nelson does a great job to the point you end up wanting to punch him once the final credits roll. Jodi Lynn Thomas as his long suffering wife who must learn to stand up for herself does a great job here as well. The end result is a movie that surpasses the original film by miles.
Even the extras that Synapse has included here are better than the movie Nelson shot. Extras include a 2k restoration of the original film, audio commentary with director Pete Schuerann, producer Nancy Theken and stars Phillips and Thomas, a making of featurette, HOW TO BUILD A CARPET MONSTER, BREAKING DOWN ART’S DEATH SCENE, MONSTER MOVIE HOMAGES, “One Mick to Another” with Byrd Holland and Allan Silliphant, deleted scenes, an alternate endings, Screamfest Black Carpet Q&A with Frank Conniff, the original theatrical trailer and THE CREEPING TERROR Screamfest promotional trailer.
While the original film might provide a night of laughs the new movie will offer something completely different. It will entertain and frighten at the same time. And it will leave you wondering how anyone could have believed the tales that Nelson told.