The Creeping Terror – also known as The Crawling Monster and Dangerous Charter – is a 1964 horror/science fiction film, in which a slug-like monster terrorises an American town after escaping from a crashed spaceship. was directed, produced, and edited by Vic Savage under the alias A.J. Nelson. The Creeping Terror is widely considered to have been one of the worst films of all time.
A newlywed deputy, Martin Gordon (Vic Savage), encounters an alien spacecraft that has crash landed in fictional Angel County in California. A large, hairy, slug-like, omnivorous monster emerges from the side of an impacted spaceship. A second one, still tethered inside, kills a forest ranger and the sheriff (Byrd Holland) when they independently enter the craft to investigate.
Martin, now temporary sheriff, joins his wife Brett (Shannon O’Neil); Dr. Bradford (William Thourlby), a renowned scientist; and Col. James Caldwell, a military commander and his men to fight the creature. Meanwhile the monster stalks the countryside, devouring a girl in a bikini, picnickers at a “hootenanny”, Grandpa Brown (Jack King) and his grandson while fishing, a housewife hanging the laundry, the patrons at a community dance hall, and couples in their cars at lovers’ lane.
The protagonists ultimately deduce that the monsters are mindless biological-sample eaters. The bio-analysis data is microwaved back to the probe’s home planet through the spaceship…
“It’s not everyday that we come across a film comparable to Manos: The Hands of Fate or Monster A-Go Go in terms of sheer ineptitude and laziness, not to mention that elusive quality that is often referred to as “badness”. One has to wonder what was going through the mind of Creeping Terror director/producer/editor/star Arthur Nelson on that fateful night when the seeds of this monstrous film germinated in his head.” The Monster Shack
“ …director, producer A.J. Nelson/star Vic Savage’s as (Deputy Martin Gordon) Z-grade science fiction slice of cheese makes the works of Ed Wood Jr. and Ted V. Mikels look more like Orson Welles at his peak. So, I recommend it to those out there who love to see a movie that makes their jaws fall open slack in disbelief”. The Uranium Cafe