Night of the Creeps ‘Thrill Me!’- Blu-ray Review
For those of you that love the “horror” films of the 80s, then today we bring you a review of the upcoming Blu-ray release of Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps, a hilarious 80s horror classic that I haven’t seen since I saw it at the cinema in around 1986/7, now thanks to Eureka Entertainment, the movie is being released on Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition as part of the Eureka Classics range from 8 October 2018. Presented with a Limited Edition O-Card slipcase and booklet [First print run only]
Thos of you who have been reading the reviews here on Blazing Minds will have seen my review of Fred Dekker’s Monster Squad back in July another of the movie that I loved which was released the year after Night of the Creeps, So fingers crossed now that Eureka will be releasing Monster Squad as part of their classics collection and remastered.
OK, Night of the Creeps is a movie that seems to have a bit of everything and even Dekker says in an interview in the special features that he, “likes to cobble things together” and you can see this in the movie, starting with an alien traitor setting an experiment loose on Earth in 1959 which infects a young college student and the horrific murder.Detective Cameron: What is this? A homicide, or a bad B-movie?Click To Tweet
We then jump forward 27 years to the 80s two teenagers break into a laboratory to complete a prank set for them and they find a cryogenically-frozen body which they accidentally thaw it out as part of their fraternity pledge, suffice to say this will not end well and now they have set loose alien creatures that soon take over the campus, but the victims are dead and the alien creatures are controlling them and those victims are now zombie creeps!
Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps is pure 80s and something that I really do miss in today’s movies, yes we have great effects these days, but back in the 80s, the effects, silliness and humour was something that gave the films that charm and a look and feel that we really don’t get any more and something that probably kids of today just wouldn’t get.Detective Cameron: Corpses that have been dead for twenty-seven years do not get up and go for a walk by themselves!Click To Tweet
Dekker’s movie is certainly one that I forgot how much I enjoyed it back in 1986, much like Monster Squad, his mix of genres in the film just work great, imagine National Lampoons Animal House meets Slither with a bit of Return of the Living Dead thrown in plus you have a great line up of actors including Jason Lively (National Lampoon’s European Vacation), Tom Atkins (The Fog, Lethal Weapon), Steve Marshall (21 Jump Street) and Jill Whitlow (Weird Science, Swamp Thing).
With Night of the Creeps being released on Blu-ray, you’d expect something a little special in the release and this presentation for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK, this deluxe edition of Night of the Creeps features the original director’s cut and a host of special features, so even after watching the movie that not only looks good, it also sounds good with the addition of 5.1 surround audio.
For me Night of the Creeps on Blu-ray is a brilliant blast from the past, it’s a film that certainly brings back a lot of memories on how those 80s films are just still enjoyable to watch, but with this new release it’s also great to see it looking so good on Blu-ray and it’s packed with some very interesting special features for those of us that like to delve deeper behind the scenes of a movie.
Night of the Creeps DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL FEATURES
• Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [First Print Run Only]
• High-definition remaster of the director’s cut
• Original stereo soundtrack and 5.1 surround audio options, presented in PCM and DTS-HD MA respectively on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary by writer / director Fred Dekker
• Audio commentary by actors Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall and Jill Whitlow
• Thrill Me: Making Night of the Creeps – an hour-long series of video pieces on the making of the film featuring new interviews with cast and crew
• Tom Atkins: Man of Action featurette
• Video Interview with Fred Dekker
• Deleted Scenes
• Original theatrical ending
• Trivia track subtitles
• Theatrical trailer
• PLUS: A limited-edition booklet featuring a new essay by critic Craig Ian Mann [First Print Run Only]
Aliens, parasites and Zombies!
Watch out for the Creeps! It’s not just the Zombies you have to watch out for it’s also the Alien Parasites and horny teenagers in this 80 horror classic from Fred Dekker.