Night of the Creeps (1986)

Mike Matei / October 5th, 2014

An 80’s film that pays tribute to the 50’s. Alien slugs crawl into peoples’ heads and turn them into zombies.


  • October 5, 2014 at 7:08 am

    One of the best underrated zombie films of the 80s. It is being broadcasted every friday 13th in Greek tv channels

  • Griff

    October 5, 2014 at 7:17 am

    thrill me!

    • mike keith

      October 5, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Detective Cameron: I got good news and bad news, girls. The good news is your dates are here.
      Sorority Sister: What’s the bad news?
      Detective Cameron: They’re dead.

      • October 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm



        October 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm


  • October 5, 2014 at 7:26 am

    i always loved this movie as a kid wish they would have done a sequel the way it ends

  • Mattashell

    October 5, 2014 at 7:36 am

    No one ever mentions Shivers, possibly the first slug-zombie movie, when this and Slither are being discussed. It’s a David Cronenberg film.

  • FinallyGAF

    October 5, 2014 at 7:56 am

    One of the few movies I saw back then and never saw again.
    ‘Thrill me’, is that what the detective always said when picking up the phone? I saw it in german and he said: ‘Ich bin gespannt.’ I adapted that for a short period and confused the hell out of any caller.

  • itscmillertime

    October 5, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I agree with slither being an 80s throwback but just felt there was way too much cg for me. I blame you for making me ultra aware of cg now. I can’t even watch jamanji anymore because of how bad the animals look haha. But seriously, slither was ok but the slug effects look terrible. HDTV only enhances the cartoony feel I you ask me. I prefer something the actor is actually able to interact with.

    • mike keith

      October 5, 2014 at 10:13 am

      what… What… WHAT!?! CG? In Slither?? There is maybe like 20% CG compared to 80% practical appliance. Slither is James Gunns first big break. A mix of horror and pitch black humor. It’s easily a cult classic already at only 14 yrs old.

      • October 5, 2014 at 10:25 am

        Agreed, I always thought of Slither as a good throw back to practice effects

      • itscmillertime

        October 5, 2014 at 10:30 pm

        The slugs are not practical

    • danberado

      October 5, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Yes, the animals in Jumanji are a shining example of bad ‘CG’ in movies…

      • itscmillertime

        October 5, 2014 at 10:30 pm

        Watch the scene where they are all running out of the house. It looks terrible. The monkeys are pure cg.

      • Shadao

        October 8, 2014 at 3:42 am

        Ironically, given they came from a board game that is a tribute to the deep jungle genre, the CG animals might have enhanced the notion that they are from an artificial world created by the game. Not to mention that there were memorable practical effects like the spiders, the plants, and the crocodile.

  • October 5, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Fred Dekker, not DRekker. Hehe. Awesome movie though.

  • taykel

    October 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I love the AVGN reference you made. The moment I saw those aliens’ faces, I had a feeling you were going to mention it.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

    The 80s did zombies better than the entire new millennium

  • October 5, 2014 at 9:18 am

    i could have sworn James already did a review of this movie before… but I guess not cause i couldn’t find it anywhere on the site.. either way i remember hearing about this film not long ago from somewhere online and I think it was on TV not that long ago as well. it’s a bizarre but good film.

  • Freddie Phillips

    October 5, 2014 at 9:19 am

    love this movie, so glad I got the blu

  • Hypoxic

    October 5, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Nothing but fun times with Night of the Creeps.

  • October 5, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Aw, I have a lot of nice memories regarding this movie.
    Thanks man, this was a good episode!

  • curt kaskavage

    October 5, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I always liked this movie. I did get to meet Tom Atkins

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    October 5, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Don’t much like Tom Atkins but he was absolutely brilliant in this film. Thrill me.

  • Joker83

    October 5, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Gonna watch it

  • October 5, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Will check this out. It seems like a nice Halloween spoof type movie in Australia. Also “It’s Miller time” is Legendary as here it came from the ghost busters.

    Still your videos seems really short, and you seem to have to say a lot to say when doing a particular movie before you cut it off. Wanted to hear more from the horror nerd.

  • Claude Lilford

    October 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    You know…this movie is about Aliens creating zombies,
    This is a remake of Plan 9!
    Great review, do ‘Body Bags’ next please.

  • Don Skiver

    October 5, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I hope he reviews the movie “Deadly Friend” this year… That was a weird movie that I saw years and years ago during the weekend midnight horror show on TV as a kid.

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 5, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I caught this movie on TV once and it was really fun to watch. I did not expect to be sooo gory but man, what a trip it was. Definitely a fun one to watch for any zombie fans out there.

  • Pablo1989

    October 5, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    It’s Miller time!…WRONG
    It’s : )Monster Madness time!

  • Weldin Dunn

    October 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    You know that guy Chris looks familiar… He played rusty in European Vacation!

  • October 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I immediately though of Slither.

  • Paulballsftw

    October 5, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    When I was younger I thought this movie was better then Night of the living Dead. Not sure how it holds up now but back then the idea of a slug killing your brain and taking over your body was a scary thought. They should remake this movie.

  • jasonjrf

    October 5, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Loved this movie since the 80’s 90’s don’t remember when I first saw it but probably as a kid on USA or TBS or something great movie

  • erik37

    October 5, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    one of the best 80s horror movies

  • St_Cerberus_Engel

    October 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It balances comedy, drama and horror perfectly. The effects are amazing and the acting is great. And if you’re a horror fan in general, it’s very rewarding to catch all the references. This is a must see!

    Oh, and Stryper Rules!

  • October 5, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I can’t watch any Videos on Cinemassacre anymore (for 2 days now).

    When I click the play button, the following mesage appears:

    “Error loading stream: Manifest not found or invalid”

    I already tried Firefox in save mode, and the Internet Explorer, but the same error occures in every situation.

    All plugins and system drivers are up to date. (Win 7, 64 bit.)

    I don’t have those problems anywhere else.

    Any suggestions? I would be grateful!

  • low_tone1

    October 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I have heard of this movie, but I never knew anything about it. It looks hilarious! I always enjoy learning about movies I didn’t know much abut or have never heard of. Thanks yet again, James.

  • October 5, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I frikkin LOVE this movie!

    I also think that as far as zombies go, it’s one of the only explanations for re-animation that makes any sense. Think about it, a intelligent slug shocking the brain in all the right places could “drive” a person. It also explains away all the zombie non-sense like why they don’t need to breathe, or can still move after being fatally wounded and the whole stab the brain to kill it thing.

    On the other hand a virus doesn’t explain any of that, especially the kill the brain bit considering it’s well documented that people can move about with serious brain injuries.

  • culwin

    October 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Wow, I forgot this movie existed.
    Probably 20+ years since I saw it.
    I’ll have to check it out again.

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 5, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Awesome Stuff!!!

  • Andrew Rivera

    October 6, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I love that the name of the main characters all have names in reference to Horror Icons. ..Carpenter, Hooper, Landis and of course the chick Cronenberg 

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 6, 2014 at 3:19 am

    No, i watched already Slither, will not re-watch…had nightmares for weeks!

  • October 6, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Never saw this one but heard about it.
    I will definitely check it out now now.
    The comparison between the alien and AVGN is awesome. It is quite the resemblance , lol.

  • October 6, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    i still need to see this looks great

  • October 6, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Damn, I remember watching this as a kid with my family…but haven’t seen it since then, sadly. Thanks for reviewing it and reminding me of its awesomeness. 🙂

  • DrZaius

    October 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    It has been too long since I’ve seen this film. Always thought the ending was a bit of a bummer, though.

  • Vader Was Right

    October 6, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Cameron: Spanky, guess what happened next?
    Chris: Should you be telling me this?
    Cameron: Close. I pulled the trigger.


  • Vader Was Right

    October 6, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Cameron: Spanky, guess what happened next?
    Chris: Should you be telling me this?
    Cameron: Close. I pulled the trigger.

  • gluserty

    October 7, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I always thought this film was fantastic, and I love the “Thrill me” line.

  • frizl

    October 7, 2014 at 4:10 am

    The inspiration for Slither was Cronnenberg’s original movie ‘Shivers’.

  • October 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Night of the Creeps starring Turd Ferguson.

  • TagaZok

    October 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Need to see that again I was 8 when this came out …

  • October 7, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Why haven’t I seen this yet?

  • donkeyrantingskull

    October 7, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Is James going to upload MM 2014 on Youtube? Because quite frankly this JW Player just doesn’t work for me. This is probably the worst video player I’ve ever come across.

  • Sean Churchill

    October 8, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Where can I rent this? iTunes forces you to buy it, and there’s nowhere in my area that rents physical copies of movies (obviously).


      October 18, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      It’s on Crackle for free. You can download Crackle on your PS3, X-Box, or ipod. You can also visit the website.

  • Jonathan Henry

    October 10, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Holy cats!

    The production value has really stepped up a notch since the movie. Great job. That last flying tentacle beast at the end was most impressive.

  • skwij

    October 10, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Zombie spawning slugs? Awesome! Thanks!

  • October 11, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Jason Lively from National Lampoons??

  • October 12, 2014 at 9:02 am

    james have you ever caught the line that fred dekker used again in monster squad? when the corpse is missing the main guy’s like 30yr old dead guys don’t just get up and walk out. and then a year later in monster squad, which is the best movie of all time, when the mummy is missing the detective says something like 2000yr old dead guys don’t just get up and walk out. ha I loved that when I realized it as a kid b/c monster squad I watched all the time and when I finally got around to night of the creeps yrs later I was like oh fred dekker you bastid.

  • October 17, 2014 at 4:28 am

    hey james, i think ive seen this movie as a kid, but completely forgot about it till now!


    October 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    This is pure fuckin 80’s camp horror. Just like james said the the detective is a badass! An asshole at times but that just makes him even more badass. If you’re into cult movies or just wanna watch something fun, you should mos def check this movie out.

  • October 27, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I LOVED this movie as a kid ^.^

  • November 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    This movie gave me nightmares as a child and I was scared to yawn at night for a long time.

  • Chris P

    August 22, 2015 at 10:00 am

    That is Kevin Bacon On the Cover

  • jasonjrf

    September 17, 2015 at 5:45 am

    This movie is soo damn good. I can’t wait for monster madness this year so im watching all the old ones. Night of the Creeps is definetly under rated though. It was one of my favorites as a kid and still is I watch it about once a month or so.

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