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directed by Charles Band
USA 1997

 

Rather flimsily-scripted and unevenly acted, THE CREEPS is redeemed by a touching performance by Phil Fondacaro (MERIDIAN and TV's SEINFELD) as well as a climactic argument about our cultural need for heroes and monsters (as well as the fangasmic name-checking of Jess Franco, Italian exploitation, Hong Kong crime films, and THE BAD LIEUTENANT by a filmmakers and actors who sound like they know what they're talking about). When the rare books department's new librarian Anna Quarrels (Rhonda Griffin, NAKED FEAR) discovers that a man masquerading as a university professor has made off with Mary Shelley's handwritten manuscript for "Frankenstein", she tries to save her professional career by hiring new private detective/video store manager David Raleigh (Justin Lauer, MIDNIGHT TEMPTATIONS) to track down the culprit. David gets a hit off the database and discovers the thief's identity to be Dr. Winston Berber (Bill Moynihan, JUGULAR WINE), a genius suspected in a handful of strange thefts. He is unable to discover Berber's current whereabouts, but Berber - unaware that he is being investigated - returns to the library to steal the first edition of Bram Stoker's "Dracula". Anna tries to stop him and is kidnapped by Berber who plans to use her as a sacrifice in conjunction with his "archetype inducer" with which he plans to bring a quartet of legendary monsters to life (pretty much as Anna quips to get back at all of the people who were mean to him). David rescues Anna at the last minute, which causes the machine to produce pint-sized versions of Dracula (Fondacaro), the Wolfman (Jon Simanton, MEN CRY BULLETS), the Mummy (Joe Smith), and Frankenstein's monster (Thomas Wellington). After appraising them of their formerly fictional status, Berber informs them that the only way to correct their height issues is to sacrifice Anna since she her "vital statistics" figured into the original equation he used to create them. While Berber tries to fix his machine, the quartet of mini monsters purse Anna and David, accidentally taking Anna's blond Amazon boss (Kristin Norton, MONKEYBONE) by mistake (and for some nudity that is appreciated although strangely out of tone with the rest of the film).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 16 December 1997 (USA)

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Full Moon - Region 0 - NTSC vs. 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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1) Full Moon - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Full Moon

Region 0 - NTSC

88 Films
Region 0 - PAL
88 Films
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:14:42 1:14:51 1:14:51.695
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.56 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.35:1

Disc Size: 22,839,515,041 bytes

Feature Size: 21,621,903,360 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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Full Moon

 

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88 Films

 

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88 Films Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles none none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Full Moon

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• VideoZone making-of (4:3; 23:29)
• Full Moon Merchandise Promo (4:3; 1:29)
• Cast Filmographies

DVD Release Date: 28 July 1998
Amaray

Chapters 24
 

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• VideoZone making-of (4:3; 23:31)
• Trailer (4:3; 1:30)
• 1981 bonus film 'The Best of Sex and Violence' (Ken Dixon; 1:16:09)
• Full Moon Trailer Park

 

DVD Release Date: January 27th, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

 

2.35:1

Disc Size: 22,839,515,041 bytes

Feature Size: 21,621,903,360 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Full Moon Videozone Behind the Scenes of The Creeps (21:57)
• The Creeps Trailer (1:20)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: September 11th, 2017
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase

Chapters12  

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (August 2017): The 88 Films transfer is described as a "Brand new HD master, restored from the original 35mm camera negative". It is not in 3D. Funny thing here, I couldn't match the first two captures - as if they came from different cameras. Hey, maybe they did ?!? (since 3D uses 2 cameras?)

The 88 Films is extremely dark, obscuring detail found in the DVDs but, of course, the big issue is the aspect ratio - finally in the correct 2.35:1. 88 Films transfer has a max'ed out bitrate, and is probably, a good replication of the source used but, it is quite thick and exceptionally dark. Colors take a shift and the overall visuals have a blue-leaning. The 1080P is sharper but it does not look good - very flat no depth and bordering on moiring.

88 Films use a linear PCM 2.0 channel at 1536 kbps (16-bit) and the film's amateurish effects come across with some minor depth. Carl Dante (who composed for such titles as Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death, Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity, Kraa! The Sea Monster and Lolita 2000) did the unremarkable score but it oddly suits the film. There are optional English subtitles (see sample) and the Blu-ray disc is region 'B'-locked.

Supplements mimic the 2014 DVD with the 22-minute Full Moon Videozone Behind the Scenes of The Creeps and a trailer, but we lose the 1/4 hour 'best of sex and violence' video.

One of the, few, high points in The Creeps is Rhonda Griffin who is funny and has a kinda 'Naomi Watts thing' going on. Amusing but not easy to watch - even at 1 1/4 hours, The Creeps must carry some nostalgia being 20-years old. Goofy, fun, but that's all folks.

Gary Tooze

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ON THE DVDs: Both discs are sourced from clean nineties video masters, but 88 Film's transfer is an NTSC-PAL conversion with jerky movements whenever the camera pans. The US disc is the sharper, minutely more detailed one in this case. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo tracks are of similar quality.

According to IMDb, THE CREEPS was shot in 35mm in StereoVision 3D, but neither DVD edition compared here is in 3D (although there are two 3D DVD editions available stateside from Full Moon themselves and Razor3D). StereoVision was a 2.35:1 - the only Full Moon production shot in this aspect ratio - process with two images captured on each frame (one on the top two perforations and the other on the bottom two), and both transfers do seem rather severely cropped (before I found out about the original aspect ratio, I just assumed the fullscreen framing was just aggressively "arty"). If the aforementioned 3D DVD editions are new transfers and not some post-produced monstrosity, then they may offer the only way to see the film in its original aspect ratio.

The UK disc does include in its favor an entire bonus feature, Ken Dixon's 1981 THE BEST OF SEX AND VIOLENCE (also available on disc domestically from Full Moon Direct) - from a considerably more worn tape master - in which John Carradine makes caustically introduces a number of exploitation film trailers ("The film was released in 1971. The producer will be released in 1990"). A theatrical release, the film's credits and most of the trailers are noticeably cropped from 1.85:1.

Both discs feature the film's VideoZone making-of featurette while the UK disc also includes the film's trailer and trailers for other Full Moon titles.

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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2) 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL - MIDDLE

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