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!
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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.