It’s always fun to watch a movie that has a tone unique only to itself. As long as it’s done intentionally, you can’t help but admire what that film is trying to do. Night of the Creeps operates under a very specific and intentional feel, becoming a wonderfully weird mishmash of genre cliches that fully functions under an umbrella of several sub-genre categories, while never feeling like it’s spoofing any of them. Writer/director Fred Dekker keeps the tone of his 1986 film firmly in his grip the entire time, crafting one of the more original horror movies of the era.
Night of the Creeps opens on board an alien spacecraft where one of the aliens is attempting to release a dangerous canister into outer space, but gets chased down by two other members of his species. The evil alien succeeds and the canister eventually crash lands on Earth. We then cut to a black and white world in 1959 where a sorority girl is being courted by her boyfriend when they witness a weird meteorite crashing nearby. The boyfriend investigates, leaving his girlfriend in the car. He quickly finds the canister, from which a small slug-like creature jumps into his mouth. Meanwhile, the girl falls victim to an axe-murderer who, simultaneously, is on the loose throughout town.