Masters of Terror 2018

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in the filmographies of eight legendary masters of terror. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 8 types of ratings:

STARS, GIMMICK, REWATCHABILITY, STORY, CREATIVITY, ACTING, QUALITY and CREEPINESS.

Enjoy!

Night of the Creeps

Alien brain parasites turn their hosts into zombies.
Slapstick Gore
So Bad It's Good
Horror for Beginners

 

United States
1986
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Zombie Film
Alien Film
Animals: 
Cat
Dog
Insects: 
Leech
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Explosion
Dimensional: 
Spaceman
Infected: 
Host
7.04
Contagious!
7.04
5.04
7.04
7.04
4
4
3
Ambiance
Dialogue
Effects
This is the quintessential cheesy supernatural 1980s horror movie. It’s also a homage to 1950s science-fiction. There are similarities between the two decades, cinematically, and Fred Dekker, writer and director, points them out. Night of the Creeps is about a fraternity initiation gone terribly wrong, and it’s about alien leeches. It’s light-spirited, fun and highly atmospheric.
If you think the first act is amazing, you’ll be pleased to know that the second half of this film is just bonkers. You’ll wish that’s all the movie was. Of course, then, we wouldn’t have exposition. The characters are colorful. There’s the ginger kid, his crippled friend, the love interest, the bullies. Then, there’s Tom Atkins playing a cop who’s getting too old for this shit.
I promise you, if you’re a fan of the 1980s, that you’re going to have a blast with this one. If somehow you haven’t already seen it, stop what you are doing and watch it. There’s mild nudity. College girls sure love to shower. Gore is abundant, and the practical effects are something else. Words cannot describe how magical Night of the Creeps is.
Alternate Titles: 
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