Night of the creeps /
While attempting to perform a hazing prank during pledge week, J. C. and Chris, a couple of geeks, accidentally thaw a corpse that is infected with a deadly parasite. The entire campus starts to become infected as the parasites enter through their victims mouths and turn them into vampires. Now, alo...
|Other Authors / Creators:||Gordon, Charles, 1947-2020.|
Lively, Jason, 1968-
Marshall, Steve, 1968-
Whitlow, Jill, 1963-
Atkins, Tom, 1935-
|Other Corporate Authors / Creators:||Tri-Star Pictures.|
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)
|Language notes:||English dialogue; English subtitles; closed-captioned.|
|Imprint:||Culver City, Calif. : Tristar Pictures : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, |
|Summary:||While attempting to perform a hazing prank during pledge week, J. C. and Chris, a couple of geeks, accidentally thaw a corpse that is infected with a deadly parasite. The entire campus starts to become infected as the parasites enter through their victims mouths and turn them into vampires. Now, along with a foul-mouthed and sarcastic detective, Chris attempts to save the campus, then the world. Includes commentary, deleted scenes, featurettes, alternate ending and more.|
Virtually unnoticed during its brief theatrical run, this wildly entertaining horror-comedy achieved healthy cult status following its home-video and cable TV releases. The directorial debut of Fred Dekker (writer of the successful horror parody House), this low-budget effort throws alien monsters, axe-wielding killers, flesh-eating zombies, nudity, and (gasp!) drunken fraternity shenanigans into a blender, spiced with witty one-liners and references to dozens of horror classics (and anti-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 (Jason Lively, Steve Marshall) who open a literal 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 (and undressing) sorority girls. The town's only hope (such as it is) seems to be a hard-boiled ex-cop (Tom Atkins), 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. Dekker keeps things moving at a brisk pace thanks to some outrageous set-pieces (some of which happen so quickly they'll have viewers reaching for the pause button) and clever dialogue, particularly for Atkins ("Girls, the good news is your dates are here; the bad news is, they're dead"), who dives into his crusty character with relish. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
Fraternity pledges pull a prank with a frozen body and let sluglike creatures loose on campus.
|Item Description:||Title from container.|
Originally released as a motion picture in 1986.
Special features: commentary with writer/director Fred Dekker; cast commentary; original theatrical ending; deleted scenes; Birth of the creeps; Cast of the creeps; Creating the creeps; Escape of the creeps; Legend of the creeps; Tom Atkins: man of action; Trivia track; original theatrical trailer.
|Physical Description:||1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.|
|System Details:||DVD, widescreen; 5.1 Dolby digital.|
|Credits:||Music by Barry DeVorzon ; director of photography, Robert C. New.|
|Cast:||Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, Tom Atkins.|