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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Night of the Creeps is one of my favorite horror comedies, hands down. I’d place it proudly on the same shelf as Raimi’s Evil Dead films and Jackson’s Braindead. Tom Atkins gives an iconic performance, a grizzled noir detective trapped in a B-movie. Young Fred Dekker went in swinging for the fences with this, his first feature and the camera work is alive, the humor is unabashedly in your face and the love of genre is worn proudly on its sleeve.

And Jill Whitlow? Good God, y’all! One of the hottest horror babes of the ‘80s.

The movie’s just a ball of fun and it has some really great effects work in it, too. A lot of up and comers worked on the film, including Howard Berger (later to become the B of KNB). I love corpses of the ‘80s… that leathery skin over exposed skeleton look is awesome in films like Poltergeist, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ghostbusters and it’s taken to the next level in this film when one of those bastard zombiefying slugs finds its way into the long dead corpse of a lunatic ax murderer. That’s creepy bastard is featured in today’s pic.

I don’t think Mr. Berger is in the photograph (unless he’s the dude in the back half in shadow), but the mustached gentleman is David B. Miller who worked makeup effects on flicks like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Beastmaster, Night of the Comet (!!!) and Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.

Many thanks to the great collection that make up the Practical Effects group for finding this one. It’s obviously scanned from a magazine, but I don’t know which one. So, thank you as well, mystery magazine! Enjoy!



If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

I’ve spent the last two days watching Edgar Wright movies at the brand new Slaughter Lane Alamo Drafthouse with Edgar in person, so tomorrow’s pic will have something to do with Mr. Wright’s filmography. And money.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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  • March 25, 2012, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Why did Dekker's career die?

    by nomihs

    Also, Quint I can tell it's late for you. "I don’t think Mr. Berger isn’t in the photograph..." So, are you saying he IS in the photograph? LOL. I love me some BSPD.

  • March 25, 2012, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Actually, the guy in the back DOES look a lot like Howard Berger...

    by Olive It Up

  • March 25, 2012, 2:50 a.m. CST

    How 'bout some HOBBIT SET REPORTS

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I am SCREAMIN LIKE A BANSHEE for the rest of your fricken New Zealand travelogues, Quint!!! Come ON it's been months!! WHAT IS THE DELAYYYYYYYY

  • March 25, 2012, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Nomihs, Robocop 3

    by electraglide

    That's where it die

  • March 25, 2012, 2:51 a.m. CST


    by electraglide

  • March 25, 2012, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Sorry it is a mediocre 80s horror film.

    by KilliK

    but the cemetery ending is great,very eerie.

  • March 25, 2012, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Quint ya idiot Mr. Berger is starboard, aintya watchin' it?

    by David Duchovny

  • March 25, 2012, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I dunno...

    by MelvintheMopBoy

    ...that guy's nose looks a little too small to be Berger. Then again, could just be the light?

  • March 25, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Saturday was the 40th anniversary of THE GODFATHER Quint!

    by Logan_1973

    Failed, you have.

  • March 25, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Hate the nerd kid star of this.

    by UltraTron

    Milky toast that sucked so bad he never worked again. Another reason TinTin is digital. Redhead men don't star in movies.

  • March 25, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    'Stryper Rules!' and so does NotC! Awesome Quint!

    by adeceasedfan

    Random factoid. Make up artist Kyle Tucy (rip) married the lead singer. I always wondered if she wrote that on the bathroom stall.

  • March 25, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Jackson's Braindead? Do you mean Dead Alive?

    by ATARI

    I know, original title vs. US and all.

  • March 25, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    B movies like this are a B+ movie in my book.

    by DementedCaver

    Hey, it's cheap and cheezy....but I love it anyhow.

  • ...I never liked the lead. I understand they were probably trying to cast a 'real' kind of a guy, but when it comes to any kind of appeal, he has none. Zero.

  • March 25, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Slow news day?

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Fucking hell, this site got busier for about two weeks and now it's back to normal. Can't say I'm surprised.

  • March 25, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Me too, Ultratron

    by RedeyeJedi

    Always loved Creeps, but I still can't get past how terrible the main actor is. And the worst Rusty from the Vacation films, imo.

  • March 25, 2012, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Why all the Jason Lively hate?

    by adeceasedfan

    Relatable loser who gets the girl. Gave hope to many 12 yr old geeks at the time. You go Rusty #2.

  • March 25, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Avoided Robocop 3 for almost 20 years until this morning.

    by adeceasedfan

    How? Why? A true career killer.

  • March 25, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Anyone have BTS pics of PARIS, TEXAS?

    by tangcameo

    Preferably of Natassja in the pink sweater. Or HDS and the kid in the Eldorado.

  • March 25, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Anybody remember Vamp?

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    One of my favs from this era.

  • March 25, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Thrill me!

    by RogueDemonHunter

    One of my favorite Tom Atkins films. Had just about every genre represented in one film...sci-fi, horror, coming-of-age, college hi-jinx with a touch of comedy.

  • March 25, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Thrill me

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    Love this movie, but I have to agree it would have been better with a different lead. The first Rusty would have been perfect.

  • March 25, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Lively is exactly not...

    by ZodNotGod

  • March 25, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Love this long time...

    by ZodNotGod

  • March 25, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    If you got hate in your heart, let it out.

    by adeceasedfan

    Sorry Mr.Lively, haters win. :(

  • March 25, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Fred Dekker

    by Munro Kelly

    Fred deserves another chance. I can see a short stint in director's jail, for Robocop 3, but not a life sentence. I have love for all 3 of his directing efforts.

  • March 25, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Director's Cut/ ending vs. Theatrical.

    by adeceasedfan

    I wish they had included both versions of film on dvd. I prefer theatrical because it's what I grew up with.

  • March 25, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Creeps & Monster Squad are two childhood favorites...

    by Jay

    While I hope Dekker gets another chance to direct some day, I'm just happy that both Creeps & Monster Squad got amazing Blu-ray releases. They will continue to be watched my entire life. My friend has a small home theater in his basement with this fancy Optoma projector. We watched MS one Saturday about a year ago, and it essentially acted as the theater experience we never got in 1987. I'm so happy I live in a time where Blu-rays/HD content exists...

  • March 25, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Hey Guys --- Help Me Out Here!!!

    by Lucky13

    When I was a kid in the mid-80's, I saw a movie on HBO (i think) that had some kind of zombie-ish people slowly walking around... as their faces were falling off. Picture a close-up of the feet slowly walking along and bits-and-pieces of skin falling down into frame. And I ALMOST think that throwing water at them hurt them... but I can't be sure... this was a looooong time ago. I think it had the old, red, WB logo (the 3 lines that vaguely form a W). But my memories can be converging, so I can't be sure. Main point is the skin falling off. Anyone know the title of that movie?

  • March 25, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST


    by nolan bautista

    i know that movie: "The Slow Moving People Whose Skins Fall Off When Water Touches Them". was a Warner Bros movie. ;-P

  • Melting people movies are really disturbing.

  • March 26, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    ok lucky more lame jokes..

    by nolan bautista

    could it have been "The Devils Rain"?

  • March 26, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Fred Dekker is in career director's jail?

    by DougMcKenzie

    How much money did Robocop 3 lose? I thought you had to pull shit like Tony Kaye to get that. Robocop 3 lost like 10 million, and most of that was probably because of the Orion bankruptcy meant no promo for the movie (It sat on the shelf for a year too), and they should have waited 6 months for Weller to be freed up to make it too. Not Dekker's fault that way. I want another Dekker-Black movie BAD.

  • March 26, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    I'll have to check those two flics out ---

    by Lucky13

    But I don't think they're it... When I googled the Incredible Melting Man, there was quite a nasty pic of his face melting. By the title, I thought it would be a 50's sci-fi b-movie.... Guess not, lol. I know its a vague description --- maybe I'll repeat it in a popular horror TB. Its just the only movie that I can't figure out, irks the hell out of me when I remember it.

  • March 26, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    I would still like to see Dekker's take on Jonny Quest.

    by v3d