This movie came out the year I graduated from high school, and even though I never bought the Fangoria (#69) it was covered in, I still remember discovering it in a VHS review in a later issue. For some weird reason I always thought it was a sleazy little scifi/horror flick. And for more reasons I can’t explain I remember even finding the title sleazy. I don’t know what to tell you. Why did I think it was sleazy? I have no clue. I’m in my late 40s now and am more forgiving of the flicks I used to either outright hate or were indifferent to when I was a teenager. Most of that forgiveness I can tell you is due to nostalgia. I actually enjoyed the 80s and have many, many fond memories of the films I saw back then. I’ve never seen Creepozoids before last night and never really wanted to until a few years ago when I decided to finally watch the trailer. Suddenly, it looked appealing, and in no way “sleazy.” I’ve always wondered, though, if I had seen it when it first came out, would I have liked it, or hated it? Cable never ran it at all. Trust me, if it had, I would have probably given it a look. At any rate, after seeing it last night, I did like the movie. I mean, it’s not a great movie compared to other more ambitious Empire Pictures/Full Moon flicks, but I can see myself getting in the mood to watch it again, which is why I’ll be adding it to my collection.
The movie takes place in the “future,” all the way to 1998 when the world’s super powers have nuked each other into near non-existence, but in this post apocalyptic hell there’s still war going on and the film focuses on five bootcamp deserters, Jake (Richard L. Hawkins), the group’s leader, Jesse (Michael Aranda), the group’s egghead, Butch (Ken Abraham), Bianca (Linnea Quigley), and Kate (Kim McKamy a.k.a. porn star Ashlyn Gere).
Literal acid rain is what forces our wondering deserters to seek immediate shelter, they just have the bad luck of finding it in an abandoned research lab where scientists were doing nefarious tinkering with human genes. In a quick prologue we see one of these scientists get offed by a monster, so this facility may not be a long abandoned place. The monster skulking around is never fully explained, and what the scientists were doing to our genes is never fleshed out either. What I surmised from the vague information given is they may have been trying to give humanity the ability to not have to eat food.
Since I don’t have Fangoria #69, I managed to come across a photo of the article on eBay so you can at least see how they covered it.
Once the group decides they have all the food and shelter to hole up in this place indefinitely that’s when the dying begins, and it starts with Jesse, who finds an open air shaft under the desk he was seated at. Exploring it leads to a creepy, cocooned lair where he literally bumps into the Giger-esque monster. Later on during lunch his eyes turn yellow, his hands start to melt and he pukes up bucket loads of black goo. Suffice to say, the dude dies right there on his lunch in front of everyone. A very Alien way to go.
This creature has the ability to spray black goo at you, and a short time later you end up looking like Jesse, or worse. That “worse” is gifted to Butch, who gets sprayed and taken back to the creature’s lair. He’s rescued later, and put in the “med lab” where he quickly pulls a Jesse meltdown, but one better since his whole head dissolves to a greater degree.
Quigley (who gets naked a few times throughout the flick. Yay!) is eventually killed by the monster, while Kate (who remains clothed throughout the flick. Boo!) is taken out by a giant rat, then turned into a homicidal freak that Quigley has to kill. Yeah, there’s giant rats in this too. The movie turns “weird, or “weirder,” I should say, during Jake’s face off with the monster in the final act. After he seemingly kills it, a half human/half monster baby bursts out of the thing’s bulbous skull and comes after him. Jake ends up being the movie’s only survivor right after he throttles it with it’s own umbilical cord, but we get that last required shot of the mutant tot coming back to life after Jake walks out the door. Hmmm, a Creepozoids franchise might have been interesting.
The effects are pretty good for the budget Director David DeCoteau had. The mutant baby was the best executed of them all, but even the giant, killer rats didn’t look all that bad either. The melt down effects were very well done as well.
Video/Audio/Subtitles: 1080p 1.78:1 high definition widescreen—2.0 English Dolby Digital (stereo), 5.1 English Dolby Digital (surround)—no subs
I was very pleased how this remastered print looked. I’m so used to looking at really grainy trailers on YouTube that seeing this crisp and clear was refreshing.
Extras included . . .
- Commentary with Director David DeCoteau
- Rare Photo Gallery (12 photos)
- Full Moon Trailers
If you’re already a collector of these Full Moon blues then you’ll already know any one of them that has a commentary, especially with either Charles Band and/or David DeCoteau, makes them worth their weight in cult gold. This one is no different, since you get a lot of anecdotes and general backstory of the making of the film, Empire Pictures (Charles Band’s former movie company that spawned many cult classics, for the newbies reading this) and DeCoteau’s past in the film industry, all of which I always tend to find fascinating to listen to.
So, scoop this mother up, fellow collectors! Scoop it up real good!