When two fraternity brothers thaw out a corpse from their school clinic, evil slugs from outer space that had been frozen inside the body race across campus, infecting lusty coeds and turning them into flesh-hungry zombies. Now it’s up to a chain-smoking former cop (Tom Atkins) to save the whole town from the alien menace. Fred Dekker directs this gleefully campy cult classic that co-stars Jason Lively and Jill Whitlow.
Writer/director Fred Dekker was born on April 9, 1959 in San Francisco, California. An avid comic book fan, monster movie buff and film nerd from an early age, Dekker was rejected by both USC and UCLA film schools. He wound up attending UCLA as an English major instead. His fellow UCLA classmates included future screenwriters Shane Black (who collaborated with Dekker on the script for “The Monster Squad”), Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson. One of Dekker’s early projects in Hollywood was a 3-D “Godzilla” picture that sadly never panned out. Fred’s first film credit was writing the story for the amusing horror comedy “House.” He made his promising debut as writer/director with the terrific “Night of the Creeps,” which paid affectionate homage to the blithely silly low-budget horror flicks he grew up loving as a kid. He followed this fine feature with the equally delightful tongue-in-cheek pastiche “The Monster Squad.” Alas, both movies received mixed reviews from the critics and flopped… read more
Kind of, sort of disappointing. It feels like a lesser 'Return of the Living Dead'. It has its delights; zombie effects/sequences are icky and a crazed Tom Atkins is most welcome. The rest is pretty forgettable, then again, I didn't watch this at a late 80's sleep over, so I lose.
Thanks to this film (and Blood Diner), there are a lot of superior cult horror classics of the 80's which never got the attention they deserved. Just look at how long MGM has kept The Video Dead on ice. Or how Warlock still doesn't have a widescreen, remastered disc out yet (though it was on Netflix for a spell). And, Waxwork. And where's Brain Damage's Blu-Ray?