Night of the Creeps, Fred (The Monster Squad) Dekker’s spoof/tribute to ’50s-era horror and science fiction, died an unheralded death at the box office back in the slasher-centric ’80s, but it developed a passionate cult following in the ensuing decades; aficionados and first-timers alike will be thrilled with this DVD release, which underscores the film’s loopy charms with a wealth of fun supplemental features. The premise is prime Creature Feature material–in 1959 an alien experiment containing vile, sluglike organisms that possess their hosts crashes to Earth, where one of the slugs takes over a young Lover’s Lane habitué; flash-forward to 1986, when hapless nerds Jason Lively (brother of Gossip Girl‘s Blake Lively) and Steve Marshall discover the corpse, cryogenically frozen in their college lab, and accidentally free it as part of a prank. The body unleashes its extraterrestrial passenger, which proceeds to infect the student population at a breakneck pace. Dekker juggles his humor and horror with a fair amount of skill, though for every inspired moment, there’s a groaner or two (it was the ’80s, after all); the presence of genre vet Tom Atkins (The Fog, the 2009 My Bloody Valentine) lends a proper degree of grit. Though not perfect, Night of the Creeps was–and remains–a refreshingly quirky alternative to the franchise-heavy studio horror of the decade.
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS In 2001, writer/director Richard Kelly achieved cult status with Donnie Darko, an assured debut feature exploring deep existential questions through the lens of 80s [...]