Creepozoids – USA, 1987

‘Even if you kill them, they’re still deadly’

Creepozoids is a 1987 American science fiction horror film, the first 35mm movie directed by David DeCoteau (Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama; Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy; the 1313 movies) from a screenplay co-written with Dave Eisenstark [as Burford Hauser] (Blood Nasty).

The score was by Guy Moon (Howling: New Moon Rising; Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama).

The film was remade in 1997 as Hybrid.

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David DeCoteau: “Creepozoids was shot in fifteen days in a warehouse in Los Angeles. I think the budget was something like 150k. It was a difficult shoot because of all the FX and monster sequences. Lotsa slime and very ambitious. Linnea Quigley starred in it and we had a great time working together. It was my first feature shot in 35mm. It was theatrically released and a hit on video.”

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The movie stars Linnea Quigley (WitchtrapSorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama; The Return of the Living Dead), Ken Abraham (Vampire Knights; Terror Night; Hobgoblins), Michael Aranda (El Chupacabra) and Kim McKamy [later known as Ashlyn Gere] (Willard; Evil Laugh; Lunch Meat), Joi Wilson.

Set in 1998, six years after an apocalyptic nuclear war, a group of army deserters take refuge from acid rain in a seemingly abandoned laboratory complex. They soon discover that the lab was a top-secret government research centre, where a hideous genetically-engineered monster still lurks…

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Reviews:

“For some reason, this low-budget monster-running-rampant-sometime-in-the-near-future opus has received more than the usual amount of criticism. It is an Alien rip-off, yes. There are a million of them out there, yes. And it’s not a even a very good Alien rip-off, yes. But I still didn’t find it as bad as some have made it out to be (or even as schlocky as the title suggests) and it has some good moments.” The Bloody Pit of Horror

“The low budget is apparent, but DeCoteau makes the most of it. The production value isn’t too shabby, with decent sets almost always featuring a haze of fog. Although the camerawork is often stagnant, director of photography Thomas L. Callaway (Feast, Slumber Party Massacre II) knows how to light a set. Guy Moon‘s synthesizer score is so perfectly 1980s that you might mistake it for a modern, on-the-nose throwback.” Alex DiVincenzo, Broke Horror Fan

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“The sound effects aren’t bad and if there is at least one disturbing note of Creepozoids is the unearthly utterances from the writhing, infected bodies. It embodies sheer suffering and agony. Then again maybe the actors were privy to what they’d gotten themselves into. Perhaps there is a cult following somewhere but I just wasn’t at all creeped out by Creepozoids.” Dave Gammon, HorrorNews.net

” …when one of his movies misses its target and misses wide – as Creepozoids most certainly does, despite a gloriously sick climax involving a new born mutoid baby being strangled with its own umbilical cord – DeCoteau’s films can display an unwillingness to entertain that sometimes verges on the sociopathic.” Empire of the ‘B’s

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” …it’s a little hard to sit through without losing interest at some point. Where the film truly shines though is in the final act when all hell breaks loose. Giant rats assault the female characters while the mutant monster is out in full force, rampaging through the fortified government facility and hunting down the male characters with ease.” Will, Silver Emulsion Film Reviews

“It’s hard to say if that last seven minutes with the weird out-of-nowhere baby makes the whole film worth it, but it’s pretty freaking awesome! There are some good FX in Creepozoids and some boobs so I guess it’s not all bad in the grand scheme of direct-to-video horror from the late 80s. You will also learn how truly long 68 minutes can sometimes feel.” Damon Swindall, Horror’s Not Dead

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