NIGHT OF THE CREEPS
Outside of that, there is not much more to Night of the Creeps. It is almost all fanboy in-joke. For a film like this to succeed, the humour needs to come snappier than it does but there seems little point to Night of the Creeps beyond Fred Dekker announcing to us that he is a B movie fan. There is a substantial number of unexplained and unconnected plot strands the aliens at the start, who the frozen body is, and the axe killer and Tom Atkins unresolved guilt. The rest of the film is the usual cliches of frat rat pranks and underdog comeuppance. Apart from one decent scene with Steve Marshall being attacked by slugs in a bathroom, Night of the Creeps never amounts to anything particularly scary. The zombie and slug effects are so-so.
There are occasional moments where Night of the Creeps rises above itself. Tom Atkins conducts an amusing parody of a hard-boiled detective and gets to deliver the films singularly most amusing one-liner (which was prominently highlighted in the films trailer): Theres good and bad news girls the good news is that your [prom] dates are here ... the bad news is theyre dead. The film makes a mistake in killing Steve Marshalls JC character off too early in the show as he is easily the most likable character in the film. Hero Jason Lively on the other hand seems a stuck-up preppie dweeb that one wishes would have been bumped off instead.
Night of the Creeps was the directorial debut of Fred Dekker, who had previously co-written House (1986) for Steve Miner and Sean S. Cunningham (whose names are quoted here). Dekker went onto direct the appealing and much better genre homage The Monster Squad (1987) and then the dire Robocop 3 (1993). Dekker has also written the James Bond spoof If Looks Could Kill/Teen Agent (1991) and Russell Mulcahys revenge drama Ricochet (1991). He subsequently turned up as a consulting producer on Enterprise (2001-5).