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Synopsis: A couple of geeks unfreeze a dead body in a cryogenics lab that happens to be a carrier of parasitic aliens.

I’m starting to notice something and it has to do with the flip side of digitally remastering older movies. For classic movies, like The Godfather for example, remastering gives the picture new life. For campy horror films like Night of the Creeps, it feels like it takes something away from the viewing experience.

Night of the Creeps was shot in the 1980s, but it is supposed to be paying homage to the monster movies of the 1950s. With the new HD picture you can watch on Netflix, it just doesn’t feel right. This seems like the sort of movie best to watch on an old VHS otherwise it just looks sanitized. It looks like a movie shot in 2014 pretending to be a movie shot in 1985 that is paying homage to the movies of the 1950s. It’s the extra degree of separation that makes everything look phony, even the campiness.

The movie is perfectly fine, but it loses some of its impact. Except Tom Atkins. That man can do no wrong.

 

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Surprisingly, there isn’t much in terms of actual gore. We get along of heads blowing apart to give way to alien leeches, but not too much in terms of splatter.

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Gore Rating: 2 out of 5

 

scares

Meh. The movie feels like a Halloween version of Revenge of the Nerds. Not too scary.

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Scares: 1 out of 5

 

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We get a quick shot of some coed boobage in the form of our female lead, as was the thing to do in the 1980s. As colleague Mark Myers would say, she defines the term “80s hot” so it’s appreciated fan service.

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Sex/Nudity Rating: 3.5 out of 5

 

OVERALL

We picked this as an entry into a podcast discussion, which we’re trying to find the campiest movies to watch. This feels like forced camp and while it isn’t bad, it’s a little disappointed. It’s not the kind of camp you laugh at, it’s the kind of camp you acknowledge as “supposed to be campy”. But Tom Atkins is awesome.

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Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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