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NIGHT OF THE CREEPS



In 1959, an alien experiment crashes to earth and infects a fraternity member. They freeze the body, but in the modern day, two geeks pledging a fraternity accidentally thaw the corpse, which proceeds to infect the campus with parasites that transform their hosts into killer zombies.

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Night of the Creeps (Alternate Ending)


TRIVIA
A young unknown by the name of George Clooney has a walk-on role as a janitor.

All the last names of the main characters are based on famous horror and sci-fi directors: George A. Romero (Chris Romero), John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper (James Carpenter Hooper), David Cronenberg (Cynthia Cronenberg), James Cameron (Det. Ray Cameron), John Landis (Det. Landis) and Sam Raimi (Sgt. Raimi).

Corman University" is a reference to director/producer Roger Corman.

Grafitti on the wall of the men's room where J.C. is trying to escape a number of slugs reads, "Go Monster Squad!". The Monster Squad (1987) was also directed by Fred Dekker.

The movie the house mother is watching on TV is Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959).



C.H.U.D.

A rash of bizarre murders in New York City seems to point to a group of grotesquely deformed vagrants living in the sewers. A courageous policeman, a photo journalist and his girlfriend, and a nutty bum, who seems to know a lot about the creatures, band together to try and determine what the creatures are and how to stop them.

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TRIVIA
"C.H.U.D." is an acronym for "Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller", but it also means "Contamination Hazard Urban Disposal", as one can (barely) read on the crates full of toxic materials.

Robert Englund was set to star in the film as Daniel Stern's character but had to drop out due to filming on A Nightmare On Elm Street.

Jay Thomas' movie debut.



NEAR DARK

A young cowboy is seduced by a new girl in town only to find out he has been kissed by a vampire. Slowly turning into a creature of the night...

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TRIVIA
* Unusually for a vampire movie, the word "vampire" is never mentioned.

* The writer and director both were intent on making a Western but realized that the interest in the Western genre at the time was almost non-existent, so it was recommended that they mix genres. Since the horror genre was in vogue at the time, the two decided to make a Horror Western.

* As Caleb staggers through town, just before the bus stop scene - the cinema behind him in showing Aliens (1986) which also featured Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen and Jenette Goldstein.

* In the scene where Caleb lets the young cowboy from the bar get away, a billboard can be seen in the background spray paint with "Bill + Louise". Bill Paxton, who plays Severen, is married to Louise Newbury.

* Was the last movie produced and released by DEG (DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group) as the studio went bankrupt. As a result, the film did not receive much publicity during its release in the fall of 1987 which lead, in turn, to its box office failure.

* This film marked Kathryn Bigelow's first solo directorial effort and the film's producer, Edward S. Feldman told her that if she couldn't handle or didn't know what she was doing while filming after five days, she would be replaced. She kept the job.

* In the scene where Severen and Jesse torch the motor home, Severen asks Jesse if he had remembered about a "fire that they had started in Chicago". It refers to the great fire in the Midwest/Chicago in 1871 that left more than 100,000 people homeless and destroyed businesses. The fire still remains a mystery to this day.

* Near Dark got a K18 rating in 1988 by the Finnish Board of Film Classification. That meant, in those days, 'for theatrical release only'. However, some film critics received VHS copies (most probably from Transworld Video) with Finnish subtitles ca. 1990. There were also reports that videos were accidentally available a few days to the general public before they were drawn back from video stores.

* Both Johnny Depp and D.B. Sweeney auditioned for the role of Caleb.

* While shooting in the desert, Lance Henriksen relieved the boredom between takes by hopping in his car and taking short drives through the desert, still in costume and often staying in character. According to Henriksen and Bill Paxton, the two were stopped by a policeman who became so unnerved questioning Jesse about his speeding that the officer became visibly uncomfortable, stepping back and placing his hand on his firearm. The obviously flustered officer decided to send them on their way rather than write them a ticket.

* Michael Biehn turned down a role in the movie because he was not satisfied with the script.

* According to the Making of Near Dark that appears on the DVD, the fog under Adrian Pasdar's shirt was caused by a complicated series of tubes leading to five lit cigars under his shirt.

1 comment:

Jenn said...

Near Dark is one of my favorite horror movies of all time. Plus I just felt like leaving you some comment love.

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