DOORS: 8:30 PM
SHOWTIME: 9:00 PM
Aliens. Parasitic slugs. Zombies. Serial killers. Exploding heads. Fred Dekker’s magnificent 1986 horror/sci-fi/comedy/B-movie homage “Night of the Creeps” has everything going for it. It’s fast-moving, wildly entertaining, funny, gory and features an iconic performance from classic ‘80s character actor Tom Atkins. His performance alone provides no less than three one-liners that have become legendary to horror fans everywhere, but there’s so much more going on here, it has to be experienced to fully understand how awesome this cult flick truly is. Ostensibly, “Night of the Creeps” tells the story of Chris and JC, two loser college buds who are on a mission to get Chris together with this dream girl Cynthia, whose boyfriend runs the fraternity that the duo are pledging. It all comes to a head on the night of a big dance, when brain-invading aliens turn frat guys from simple jerks to violent undead jerks, and a long-dead axe murderer returns to settle an old score.
Cinema Casualties is a not-for-profit series dedicated to screening trashy, audience-friendly old-school horror movies, which seeks to bring people together as a celebration of the communal joy inherent in the film-going experience specific to the genre. The series has been running since July of 2015, mostly at ArtsRiot (with two screenings taking place at Main Street Landing Film House), and “Night of the Creeps” will be the event’s 15th screening. Cinema Casualties is the result of years of passionate horror movie celebration by David Zeidler, who is the creator, curator and host of the series.