30 years later, ‘Night of the Creeps’ trailer still gives us ... chills?
Can you believe we just missed the 30th anniversary of Night of the Creeps? Wait … you didn’t see in theaters back in 1986? That’s okay, nobody really did. And yet the world’s first sci-fi/horror/zombie/alien/comedy has managed to develop a cult following in the three decades that have passed.
Written and directed by Fred Dekker (who also helmed The Monster Squad), Night of the Creeps is a story about …. well, it’s about … well, heck, I’m not even sure anymore. IMDB describes the plot very efficiently as: “Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.”
Yeah, that about sums it up.
Horror fans love it because it’s full of homages. (Pay attention to the character’s names, which are all based on famous directors of the genre. Regular ‘80s fans might still enjoy it because, hey, we’re suckers for a time in Hollywood where everything wasn’t a blatant remake.
Here’s the trailer of Night of the Creeps, released Aug. 22, 1986: