Creepozoids Blu-ray Review
Written by ZigZag
Blu-ray released by Full Moon Features
Directed by David DeCoteau
Written by Burford Hauser and David DeCoteau
1987, 72 minutes, Not Rated
Blu-ray released on April 11th, 2017
Linnea Quigley as Blanca
Ken Abraham as Butch
Richard Hawkins as Jake
Kim McKamy as Kate
Michael Aranda as Jesse
In the not-too-distant future, five military deserters duck into an abandoned containment facility to escape an acid rainstorm. Inside they find elusive necessities including food, water, shelter and hot showers! The team splits up to explore the place further and that is when they start discovering corpses. Computer records reveal that there is some pretty serious biological experimentation going on here, but before much more can be learned terror strikes the team. A mysterious monster, a Creepozoid, is stalking the soldiers and poisoning them one by one. It travels through the vents and attacks anyone silly enough to follow it through the crawlspaces. Will anyone in the group live long enough to outwit the monster or will they all simply add to the body count?
Charles Band’s Full Moon features are generally fast-paced thrillers that contain enough blood, boobs and beasts to keep the target audience satisfied. Creepozoids is no exception. Clocking in at a brisk 72 minutes, the film borrows generously from Alien but without all the suspense or solid acting, or set design or thoughtful dialogue or iconic special effects. Director David DeCoteau (Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama) knows exactly what he is doing and takes his miniscule budget by the reins and delivers a goofy, albeit entertaining, monster movie. He manages to squeeze in a brief shower scene near the beginning to keep eyeballs interested and then wisely releases the titular critter not long after.
Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons) stars as Blanca, a tough but relatively worthless protagonist whose strong suit is simply surviving longer than most of her comrades by chance. Her acting skills are limited, but she gets the job done with a fairly decent performance. The fault is not entirely hers, as the script by DeCoteau and Burford Hauser isn’t doing anybody any favors. The rest of the cast are equally serviceable, but nothing special. The one standout of sorts is Kim McKamy as Kate. She does nothing exceptional here, but the following year began work in the adult film industry as the popular Ashlyn Gere.
As for the beastie, well he looks pretty cool some of the time on screen. Depending on the lighting and level of slime applied to the suit, it can come off either as menacing or rubbery and goofy. Luckily it is kept largely in the shadows and the camera doesn’t linger until the climactic fight. At one point the creature changes into something somewhat cooler and I wish there were more to the sequence. Not to blow the ending or anything, but the film just kind of stops on an ominous note without resolution. It’s not like they couldn’t stand to pad the running time a bit or--I don’t know--finish the story being told, but instead it just stops on a freeze frame. A disappointing climax is not enough to totally derail the feature and I can still recommend it, but this is largely due to the soft spot I’ve developed for it after countless late night cable TV screenings in the late 1980s.
Video and Audio:
Making its widescreen debut, Creepozoids is granted a 1.78:1 aspect ratio remastered from the original film elements. There is a lot of grain here and colors are occasionally drab, but this may be a result of the limited budget and cinematography. Flesh tones appear natural and contrast is strong without appearing muddy.
A Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix gets the job done without going out of its way to impress. The dialogue is front-heavy and there’s not a lot of punch in the rear speakers. Everything is crisp and clear without distortion and accurately represents the film’s original presentation.
Director David DeCoteau sits down for a highly enjoyable audio commentary that moves as quickly as the picture. He is full of strong anecdotes and plenty of entertaining information. This guy knows exactly what kind of movie he was making and the track is pretty awesome.
A photo gallery (2 minutes) plays as a slideshow set to the film’s main theme.
The original trailer is included alongside a selection of other Full Moon titles currently available on various formats.