Why ‘Night of the Creeps’ is One of the Best B-Movies of All Time.

 

Aliens in bad rubber costumes, 1950s throwbacks in black and white, ax-wielding psychopaths, slug monsters, zombies, a detective with a dark past, and a full helping of campy 80s B-movie humor—this is the masterpiece that is Night of the Creeps. The recipe for this cult-classic sounds absurd. What the hell kind of movie has all that in it without being completely ridiculous? Somehow, Night of the Creeps managed to pull it off.

 

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Released in 1986, starring Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, and Tom Atkins, the film starts with a scene that doesn’t fit the rest of the movie at all—aliens on a spacecraft. Yes, aliens. In cheesy rubber costumes. They even went as far as adding subtitles in both English, and for some reason, the alien’s language as well. This is an odd but lovable detail, especially for this kind of movie.

After that it jumps to old-school black and white, representative of scenes that happen in the 50s. Although it’s been done before, the style during these scenes bring a unique quality to this type of 80s horror. And they add a backstory to everything that happens later. Slasher films weren’t common in the 50s, but had their golden era in the 80s. That’s what makes ax-wielding psychopath so special. Night of the Creeps has 80s written all over it, but the killer is in the black and white 50s scenes—a nice twist to the mashup.

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When the story jumps forward to 1986, it’s literally saturated with everything 80s. Frat parties, nerds, jocks, it’s all there. Jason Lively from National Lampoon’s European Vacation just tops it off. Adding to the B-movie humor, the homicide detective is given some of the worst lines of dialogue. But if you love that campy 80s style, it’s perfect. They bring that element to the movie while leaving the rest of the characters with more serious lines.

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Although the ‘zombies’ in Night of the Creeps aren’t really zombies, at least not the Romero variety, they’re damn close. I won’t spoil the movie, but they have something to do with the aliens and slug monsters, and when everything comes together, all the unusual aspects of this film create a masterpiece that still shines over thirty years later.

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7 Obscure Disturbing Movies You Might Regret Watching

 

Fans of horror cinema love their movies. Most of us are always looking for that next film that puts us on the edge of our seat—literally. Once you’ve seen the worst of the worst it’s hard to get a good scare out of even the most terrifying scenes. There’s another way to achieve success in finding things that will scare even the most seasoned horror fan—find movies that aren’t necessarily horror, but unsettling in the worst ways. Stuff that makes you question your choices in movies, things that stick in your memory like a photograph, moments you know you will never forget. For the rest of your life…

Upstream Color

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In the movie’s description, it’s classified as a cerebral science fiction piece. And it is…but not one for the faint of heart. Some of the scenes are downright disturbing as hell. To put it simply, a thief uses hypnosis drugs obtained from a rare plant to violate and steal people’s money. The drug turns into a parasitic worm that must be removed from the victim. Once it’s removed it’s placed inside a pig. From then on, the person wakes up from the hypnotic state and has no memory of what happened, but retain a psychic connection to the pig who has their parasite inside it. The man who takes care of the pigs, (dubbed ‘the pig farmer’) touches the pigs and can see through the eyes of whoever had that pig’s parasite. The pig farmer breeds the parasite infested pigs and drops the piglets in a river. When the bodies decompose, the drug is reintroduced into the flowers where the hypnosis drug came from in the first place. It’s a difficult movie to understand. There’s very little dialogue, and much of the film is shot in short scenes that jump from one character to the next. It’s like pieces of a puzzle that you have to put together through interpretation, and the film as a whole can be seen from different perspectives.

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

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This movie starts out as a quirky but well-made independent film, but has its unexpected moments that get absolutely gruesome. The plot revolves around a woman whose house is robbed. She calls the police but gets no help. She ends up meeting an oddball neighbor down the street who helps her track down her stolen laptop, but when they get it back, they discover the people who had it bought if from a pawn shop and weren’t the thieves after all. They go on a quest to find the thief and things go from weird, to bad, to an all-out WTF moment…

Fire in the Sky

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This was based on a true story, where a man named Travis Walton claimed to be abducted by a UFO and was subjected to terrifying and agonizing medical experiments. He later recounted his story as being false but it made a damn good movie. It isn’t exactly considered a horror movie in general terms, but it’s quite possibly the most realistic cinematic representation of an alien abduction ever created. The scenes of Travis Walton inside the spacecraft, the experiments and strange tools, and the physical appearance of the extraterrestrials themselves, are enough to induce nightmares in even the most seasoned horror fan.

One Hour Photo

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When one thinks of a movie starring Robin Williams, titles like Patch Adams, Jumanji, and Mrs. Doubtfire come to mind—movies full of good laughs. But late in his career Robin Williams began to explore darker roles in movies like Insomnia and The Final Cut. But none of these films compare to the horror of One Hour Photo. The film is about a painfully lonely man who works as a one-hour-photo technician. He becomes obsessed with a particular family who over the years have had their film developed where he works. He has an entire wall in his apartment covered in every photo the family has ever taken, lit up by industrial spotlights. It’s by far the most disturbing role Robin Williams ever played, and just the fact that it’s him makes it even more unsettling.

Eraserhead

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Anyone who knows the name David Lynch has seen some messed up stuff that doesn’t really make any sense. Even if you try to rationalize what you see in his films, it just doesn’t add up; there are always loopholes. But his first film is undoubtedly his most horrifying. The entire atmosphere is filled with unsettling sound and desolate images. But the ending is what burns into your memory. It’s something you’ll probably remember as long as you live. There’s speculation on what the true meaning of the film is, even though it makes more sense than most of his other work.

The Lobster

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This film is extremely unusual and the reality it portrays is terrifying. It’s set in a world where being single is unacceptable by society and is even prohibited by law. If you’re single for a certain period of time, you’re sent to a rehabilitation center with other single people and given a short deadline to find a mate. If you can’t find one, they use a strange technology to turn you into an animal of your choice. The main character chooses a lobster, and enters the center with his dog (who is actually his brother turned into a dog). He tries and fails to find a partner. In fear of being turned into an animal, he escapes and finds a band of rebels living in the forest outside the facility, who ironically are opposed to being in a relationship and punishes its members if they don’t stay single. He’s thrown from one extreme to another, but finally finds love. And pays a high price…

Antiviral

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David Cronenberg is known for making some of the best and most memorable horror films out there. And although none of his movies are on this list, he’s worth an honorable mention. And because his son, Brandon Cronenberg made this movie. It’s set in the future, where obsession with celebrities has become a disturbing phenomenon. When celebrities get sick, or get a disease, fans can purchase the disease and experience it themselves, making them feel closer to their favorite star. A company purchases blood samples directly from sick celebrities and infect customers with it. If that isn’t twisted enough, there are butcher shops that cell cloned human meat, and it’s cloned from the cells of their favorite celebrities. In this sick world, one can actually eat their favorite movie star, singer, or other famous person. But the ending of the movie is where it crosses the line. I won’t spoil it for you. See it for yourself…

10 Best B-Movies to watch this Halloween

10 Best B-Movies for Halloween

  1. The Return of the Living Dead

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This 1985 spoof of George A. Romero’s 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead, takes the elements that make up a great zombie flick and puts a hilariously 80’s bad movie spin on them. Starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, and the infamous Linea Quigley, this film expands the story, adding its own elements to the original zombie masterpiece. A group of 80’s punks, conveniently named Trash and Suicide decide to break into the local cemetery for a night of fun. In a hardly believable mishap by the army, some of the zombies from the original outbreak in Night of the Living Dead have been sitting undisturbed in the basement of a medical supply warehouse located next to the cemetery. In a freak accident, one gets lose, and let’s just say it keeps getting better from there.

  1. Night of the Demons

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Released in 1988 and directed by Kevin Tenney, this film is another 80’s masterpiece perfect for your Halloween viewing pleasure. Linea Quigley stars in this film as well, including Amelia Kinkade, Hal Havins, and Phillip Tanzini, and many others. In this cult classic, a group of friends decide to have a party at an abandoned funeral home on Halloween night. You can only guess the fun that awaits them…

3.  976-Evil

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This 1988 cult classic directed by Robert Englund and starring Stephen Geoffreys, Patrick O’Brian, and Sandy Dennis, is sure to offer some great fun for your night of Halloween horror. In this fun film dialing a mysterious phone number results in receiving supernatural powers, for better or worse.

  1. Chopping Mall

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Chopping Mall, directed by Jim Wynorski stars legendary Kelli Maroni, Tony O’Dell, and Russel Todd, was released in 1986. It features a group of mall employees who decide to stay after hours for a party (never seems like a good idea in a horror flick but they do it anyway). But the mall just implemented a new security system that features three robots as the guards. Let’s just say things don’t go as planned, and the kill-bots do their job a little too well.

  1. Fright Night

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In this 1985 vampire flick directed by Tom Holland, a vampire named ‘Jerry’ moves in next door to a teenager named Charlie. Charlie sees what looks like some suspicious activity outside his window and when no one believes him that a vampire lives next door, he goes and pleads his case to local TV host, Peter Vincent, Vampire Hunter, played by Roddy McDowall. This movie is full of cheesy fun and filled with memorable moments! The film also stars Stephen Geoffreys (also in 976-Evil), Chris Sarandon as “Jerry”, and William Ragsdale as Charlie.

  1. Troll 2

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This classic B-movie, released in 1990 and directed by Claudio Fragasso is an absolute hit when it comes to cheesy horror. As bad as it is, the whole movie maintains a creepy vibe that resonates with you long after watching. Starring Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, and Margo Prey, it starts with a family doing a house swap for a vacation that takes them to a little town called Nilbog, which incidentally is full of Trolls. Nice place to visit, just don’t drink the Nilbog Milk! Or eat any of that weird green food for that matter…

  1. Night of the Creeps

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This amazingly produced hit contains everything you’d want from any B-movie. Monsters, zombies, serial killers, a psychologically damaged homicide detective, and plenty of boobies. Released in 1986, directed by Fred Dekker; and starring Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, and Steve Marshall, this film delivers with every topping on your horror menu.

  1. Night of the Comet

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In this 1984 classic directed by Thom Eberhardt a comet passes by Earth and wipes out most of the population. Two valley girls are left and must face the horrors that await them in a post-apocalyptic nightmare. Starring Kelli Maroni and Mary Woronov who are both in Chopping Mall, this fun film is sure to entertain in all its B-movie glory.

  1. Motel Hell

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Released in 1980 and directed by Kevin Connor, this classic stars Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons, playing a twisted brother and sister who run a small motel. They capture and harvest guests and well…I don’t want to give away any spoilers! Give it a watch and you’ll have some good laughs as well as experience the creepy tone the entire film takes, finishing with a brutal ending fit for the best of B-movies.

  1. Re-Animator

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This 1985 classic based on an H.P. Lovecraft tale, directed by Stuart Gordon, stars Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Bruce Abbott, and David Gale. This awesomely gruesome flick features a mad-scientist bent on his own experiments—bringing the dead back to life. The results aren’t what he expected, and with no moral compass to speak of, things go terribly wrong…