johnlink ranks NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986)

This was a tough one to rank. It’s not easy to look at something like this and compare it to, say, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. I wonder if I’ll regret some of the relatively high scores I gave this when I look at all the numbers at the end of the year. But NIGHT OF THE CREEPS is just a good, fun movie. There is no denying it.


The movie is a horror-comedy about a town which is being over-run by alien zombies. Awesome!

I watched NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986) on 1.19.09. It was my first viewing. In full disclosure, John R., Liz, and I had gone through pretty much a full bottle of Bushmills Black Bush before watching it. If I regret some of the higher scores later, we’ll blame the whiskey.

NOTE: THIS RANKING UTILIZES THIS SITE’S ORIGINAL SYSTEMIC ARTICLE WRITING METHOD. THE METHOD BY WHICH THE RANKINGS WERE ARRIVED AT, HOWEVER, REMAINS THE SAME.

FILM

Here’s the hardest score. I mean, this is no landmark film. It does do what it does very well though, and that is no easy task for a horror-comedy. The list of failed films in this genre outnumber the good entries many times over (for an example of the bad, check out my bashing review of KILLER PAD).  NIGHT OF THE CREEPS is a solid movie, and it takes itself the right amount of serious. I’m going to give this a slightly higher score than it might otherwise deserve. SCORE: 5

MOVIE

When the little alien dudes ran through the spaceship in the first fifteen seconds, I was sold. I could watch a full-length movie with those guys. But the tone they set was perfect. Fortunately, we had Detective Cameron (Tom Atkins) there to pick up the slack. And, really, the three leads had some chemistry and did a good job of carrying the film. But I guess I’m gettig into the acting section, so… SCORE: 8

ACTING

Not too often that we get a lead character with a disability on crutches. Rarer still, he’s consistently funny, and the fact that he’s disabled is never used for comedy (it is used once to make the asshole look more assholey). I give the movie props for that. But really, Tom Atkins is the star here. He plays the Detective memorably. I was watching it going “how come I don’t know more about this guy?!” SCORE: 7

WRITING

Funny, solid script. There is a slight lag before the beginning of the third act, but that’s getting pretty nit-picky (plus, it could have been the whiskey starting to knock me out). Many memorable lines, which I won’t ruin in text form here. Just know I’m recommending it. SCORE: 7

FINAL TALLY

FILM: 5; MOVIE: 8; ACTING: 7; WRITING: 7

5+8+7+7+0=27

FINAL SCORE: 6.75

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~ by johnlink00 on January 19, 2009.

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