Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 1st, 2017
BluRay released: September 12th, 2017
Approximate running time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Synapse Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.95
“A creature is haunting the streets of Los Angeles, waiting for the cover of night to stalk innocent young girls. Hungry for fame and fortune, it’s fueled by a demonic rage ready to devour anyone attempting to hinder its becoming the most powerful entity in Hollywood. While sometimes called A.J. Nelson, this demon is more commonly known as Vic Savage. This is his story…” – Synopsis provided by the Distributor
Documentaries are only as good as their subject matter. And nowhere has this been more evident in the case of The Creep Behind the Camera. A film about a one and done filmmaker named A.J. Nelson under the pseudonym Vic Savage, who created what is arguably one of worst films ever made. And like far too many tortured artists, he lived a tumultuous life that end tragically.
Content wise, though this film is a retelling of the events that led up to the making of The Creeping Terror and a brief summarization of what happen to its enigmatic director in the years following this film. The way in which said information is presented is in direct contrast to the way the majority of documentaries are made. With the events that are unfolding being reenacted by actors, instead of the more familiar way of doing by the use of interviews. With that being said, the end result is superbly realized film that fans of Shlock cinema should thoroughly enjoy.
The Creep Behind the Camera comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Details look sharp, colors look accurate, black levels remain solid throughout and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio sounds, clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include, The Creeping Terror – Screamfest promotional trailer (3 minutes 50 seconds), The Creep Behind the Camera – original theatrical trailer (2 minutes 34 seconds), deleted scenes (1 minute 35 seconds), alternate ending (1 minute 48 seconds), a conversion with Byrd Holland and Allan Silliphant titled One Mick to Another (5 minutes 5 seconds), a brief segment where director Pete Schuermann discusses films that influenced him titled Monster Movie Homages (50 seconds), a featurette titled Breaking Down Art’s Death Scene (7 minutes 22 seconds, this extra comes with comments from the director), a featurette titled How to Build a Carpet Monster (28 minutes 11 seconds), Screamfest Black Carpet Q & A with Frank Conniff (18 minutes 45 seconds), a featurette titled The Making of The Creep Behind the Camera (25 minutes 54 seconds) and an audio commentary with director Pete Schuermann, producer Nancy Theken and actors Josh Phillips and Jodi Lynn Thomas.
Other extras include the feature film The Creeping Terror (76 minutes 52 seconds – 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC / DTS-HD mono English). For this a brand new 2k transfer has been created and it is by far and away the best this film has looked on home video.
There is a wealth of content that do a superb job complimenting the main feature and this extra content also provides further information about The Creeping Terror and the people who helped make this film.
Overall The Creep Behind the Camera gets an exceptional release from Synapse Films, highly recommended.
Note: Synapse Films are also releasing this film on DVD.
The Creeping Terror Screenshots