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[[caption-width-right:300:''Thrill Me''.]]

->'''Detective Cameron''': I got good news and bad news, girls. The good news is your dates are here.\\
'''Sorority Sister''': What's the bad news?\\
'''Detective Cameron''': They're dead.

''Night of the Creeps'' is a 1986 horror film written and directed by Fred Dekker. ''Night of the Creeps'' stars Tom Atkins, Jason Lively and Jill Whitlow. The film is notable as both an earnest attempt at a scary horror film as well as a comedic spoof of the genre. While the main plot of the film is related to zombies, the film also mixes in takes on slashers and AlienInvasion films.

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.

The classic B-movie ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' is first referenced and then later watched by a character in the film. According to TheOtherWiki, this is an intentional reference to the fact that the plot of this film is itself similar to ''Plan 9''. The film finally saw release on DVD and Bluray in October 2009 after years of fan demand.

Has a [[ShoutOut/NightOfTheCreeps Shout Out]] page.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AbusivePrecursors: Averted. Though the brain slugs were escapees from alien scientists who created/harvested them, it's quite clear if you pay attention at the opening that they tried to stop it; the alien who sends the capsule to Earth is clearly zombified itself. [[spoiler: To say nothing of how the true ending has them finally track them down and get ready to purge them all.]]
* AerosolFlamethrower: Detective Cameron quickly fashions one of these after handing off his flamethrower to Chris.
* AliensAndMonsters: The zombifying brain slugs are alien specimens that managed to escape from some alien scientists.
* AnAxeToGrind: The SerialKiller whom Detective Cameron confronted in his past.
* ApocalypticLog: James Carpenter 'J.C.' Hooper leaves an audio recording for his friend explaining how the alien leeches get into your head and incubate [[spoiler:before he kills himself so that he doesn't become a zombie]].
* BallisticDiscount: Heroic example; [[spoiler:Detective Cameron]] points a shotgun in the face of the police armory officer and demands a flamethrower. Needless to say, the officer quickly complies.
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler:Chris and Cynthia]].
* BerserkButton: When Detective Cameron is surrounded by some zombies, he suddenly spots [[spoiler:a photo of his high school sweetheart hanging on the wall]]. The sight causes him to freak out and empty his revolver into every single zombie.
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: J.C. Hooper]]
* CatchPhrase: ''Thrill Me''.
* DescriptionCut: When the cryogenically frozen body goes missing, Detective Cameron exasperatedly exclaims "Corpses that have been dead for twenty-seven years do not get up and go for a walk by themselves!". Cut to the corpse doing exactly that.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: After having to kill the zombie of the axe-wielding maniac whom he revenge-killed in high school for killing his sweetheart, Detective Cameron has a minor psychotic break and sets up his apartment to kill himself via a gas leak from his stove. Chris's arrival disrupts that plan, and instead he goes for a HeroicSacrifice to destroy the brain slugs and their zombies.]]
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: J.C.]] confesses his love to Chris in his ApocalypticLog.
* {{Flashback}}: Detective Cameron has a few of these when remembering a old case about a escaped mental patient [[spoiler: who murdered his girlfriend]]. They're DeliberatelyMonochrome, too.
* FireBreathingWeapon: Cynthia's weapon of choice, and the best means of dispatching slugs.
* GirlNextDoor: Cynthia.
* GoodNewsBadNews: Refer to the quote at the top of the page as Detective Cameron warns the sorority house sisters of the impending zombie invasion.
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler: J.C. not only figures out what destroys the zombie creatures, but uses his last few minutes in control of his body to inform Chris and to lure as many away as possible]]
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:Detective Cameron locks himself in the basement of the sorority house with the slugs and blows it sky-high]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Chris:''' Detective... ''thrill me.'']]
** Before that, [[spoiler:J.C., Chris's friend,]] attempted to lure as many slugs down to the furnace room in the basement, but he dies before he can finish the job.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Chris, being attacked by zombies in a gardening shed, comes out with... a lawnmower? He pivots it towards a crawling zombie, says [[PreAsskickingOneLiner "Later, dude!"]], lifts the front wheels of the mower up and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome rams the spinning blades]] [[YourHeadAsplode into the zombie's face]].
* InterruptedSuicide: Chris manages to reach [[spoiler:Detective Cameron]] in time at his house where he had planned to kill himself with gas.
* JerkJock: Brad, and to a lesser extent the rest of the fraternity members.
* KillItWithFire: The only way to kill the alien slugs.
* LargeHam: Everything that comes out of Detective Cameron's mouth is pure awesome.
* MakeOutPoint: Where the axe murders in 1959 happened.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: The final death toll of the film amounts to two women getting axed to death by a crazed killer, one sorority girl becoming a zombie, an infected cat and dog, and over a dozen human men, ranging from fraternity members to grown adults, who become zombies.
* MultipleEndings: There are two versions of the film's ending. The version tagged onto the theatrical and subsequent VHS release ends with [[spoiler:Chris and Cynthia watching the sorority house burn down when the dead dog returns. The scene ends when the dog opens its mouth and a slug jumps out at the camera, presumably infecting Cynthia]].\\
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This was not what Dekker intended, however. The ending he wanted: [[spoiler:The scene of Chris and Cynthia standing in front of the burning sorority house moves to the street where cop cars race down the street. We then see the charred and zombified Cameron shuffling down the street when he suddenly stops and falls to the ground, his head explodes and the slugs scamper out and head into a cemetery. However, the spaceship from the beginning of the film has returned with the aliens intending to retrieve their experiment.]] This version is on the official DVD release.
* MyGreatestFailure: Detective Cameron is haunted by [[spoiler:his former high school sweetheart's axe-murder]].
* TheNicknamer: Detective Cameron refers to Chris and J.C. as [[Film/TheLittleRascals Spanky and Alfalfa]] respectively.
* NotAZombie:
** Type 1 occurs with the sorority sisters initially failing to realize that there's something seriously wrong with their dates before Detective Cameron steps in to correct their mistake. It also occurs earlier when a cop fails to look up from his report and see a naked corpse shambling down the hall, and even gives and offhand greeting to it.
** Type 2 occurs with two police officers cornering [[spoiler:the reanimated axe-killer]] and firing numerous shots at it to no effect before Detective Cameron steps in to correct their mistake. '''With a shotgun blast to the head.'''
* OrificeInvasion: The slugs' preferred method of taking over their host is to bury themselves in the brain by sliding through the mouth.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: "It's Miller time!"
** PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler:"Detective, Thrill me."]]. In this case it is [[spoiler:Chris]] referring to [[spoiler:Detective Cameron's impending HeroicSacrifice]].
* PuppeteerParasite: The brain slugs.
* RaisingTheSteaks: '''Zombie cats and dogs''' are integral to the plot. [[spoiler: A zombified cat infects the only sorority member to become a zombie, whilst a zombified dog causes the fatal bus crash that allows it to then infect Chris and J.C's fraternity members with slugs for the final assault.]]
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Detective Cameron's weapon of choice.
* [[ShellShockedVeteran Shell Shocked Detective]] Detective Cameron
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Wielded by Detective Cameron and Chris to expose the slugs planted in the zombified mooks.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/{{Slither}}'', which is also a horror comedy with [[OrificeInvasion orifice invading]] space slugs.
* StraightGay: [[spoiler: J.C. Hooper]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Detective Cameron and the slugs in the sorority house basement]].
* [[TheCanKickedHim The Can Hurled Brain Slugs At Him]]: J.C. is attacked by a zombie carrying slugs when he goes off to take a leak.
* TooDumbToLive: The sorority's house mother who just sits and stares as [[spoiler:the reanimated corpse of the axe-killer breaks through the floor and eventually kills her]].
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: The brain slugs.
* VigilanteExecution: [[spoiler:Detective Cameron tracked down the axe-murderer who murdered his high school sweetheart and took a shotgun blast to his head. As it turned out, once was not enough.]]
* ZombieApocalypse: Subverted in that it wasn't much of an apocalypse since the slugs only manage to infect a handful of people, but still.
* ZombieInfectee: A given for the genre, though it's rather impossible for any infectees to hide their condition for long. Happens notably to [[spoiler:both J.C. and Detective Cameron]].
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