Night Of The Creeps

Featured In Issue 144, November 2009

WSR Score2.5
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Night Of The Creeps marked the feature directorial debut of Cult Horror Director Fred Dekker (Robo Cop 3, The Monster Squad), who also wrote the screenplay. When an alien experiment goes awry, it crashes to Earth in 1959 and infects a young college student. Twenty-seven years later, his cryogenically frozen body is thawed out by fraternity pledges...and the campus is quickly overrun by alien creatures—whose victims come back as zombies. (The college and all the leading characters are named after famous horror movie directors.) (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Writer/Director Fred Dekker, cast commentary, seven deleted scenes (SD 07:40), five segments in the Thrill M making-of featurette (HD 59:46), a Tom Atkins: Man Of Action featurette (HD 19:55), a trivia track, the theatrical trailer, previews, and BD-Live functionality.

The 1.86:1 1080p AVC picture, while dated, looks terrific! The color palette is fully saturated with warm and vibrant hues that really pop. The imagery is very dimensional, and contrast is impressive. Blacks are deep and solid and really pop, with excellent shadow delineation. The imagery is pristine, with no perceivable artifacts. Fleshtones are perfectly natural and revealing of subtle complexion differences. Resolution is excellent, with fine details revealed in facial features and object textures. This is a
wonderfully natural picture that projects a real feel and is sure to please. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventional, with production sound and ADR dialogue, but the spatial integration is nicely rendered. There are plenty of atmospheric and sound effects that are aggressively dimensionalized in the surrounds. The music score is nicely recorded and extends aggressively into the surrounds. When combined with the sound effects and soundfield, it is effectively dimensional and holosonic. Bass extension can be deep and energized in the .1 LFE channel, to provide a solid low-frequency foundation. Overall, the soundtrack delivers an entertaining sonic experience reminiscent of 1950's sound for this genre, but with a modern twist. (Gary Reber)