14. Night of the Creeps (1986)
Director: Fred Dekker
Stars: Jason Lively, Jill Whitlow, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, Wally Taylor, David Paymer
Back in October 2009, fanatics who know a superlative ’80s horror flick when they see one all breathed a huge sigh of relief when writer-director Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps finally arrived on DVD and Blu-ray; before then, the only home video option was the dated VHS from 1986.
And why were fans so tired of waiting? Because Night of the Creeps is a B-movie mash-up of the best kind, cramming together zombie movie tropes, old drive-in-cinema styled science fiction, and dashes of slasher flick butchery into a snappy horror-comedy concoction.
Set around a college campus, Dekker’s nutty gem shows what happens when slug-like alien parasites start turning frat guys and Summa Cum Laude geeks into killer, slow-moving cadavers. As for the humor, look no further than ’80s genre staple Tom Atkins, whose angry cop character, Detective Cameron, alerts a sorority house full of excited chicks prepping for their dress-up formal via an immortal exchange with one of the girls:
Cameron: “I got good news and bad news, girl. The good news is, your dates are here.”
Sorority girl: “What’s the bad news?”
Cameron: “They’re dead.”