Written by: George Pacheco on January 24th, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: USA, October 2nd, 1987
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Buford Hauser, David DeCoteau
Cast: Linnea Quigley, Ken Abraham, Michael Aranda
DVD Release Date: January 14th, 2013
Approximate Running Time: 72 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Fullframe
Sound: English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles: 18 (UK)
DVD Release: 88 Films
Region Encoding: Region 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £8.99
Creepozoids is bad. The film is a bargain basement Alien rip off—shot on a limited number of sets with an even more limited amount of funding—which, although not without its charm, fails to resonate with the same sort of B-movie atmosphere usually associated with similarly shot, Roger Corman productions.
Instead, Creepozoids revels in this sort of semi shot-on-video concept which attempts to make the best of some interesting and effective make up and puppets—particularly a creepy mutant baby which makes its triumphant appearance late during the film’s final act—usually at the expense of tension, characterization and story. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where acid rains are deadly, and follows a ragtag group of military deserters who stumble upon an apparently abandoned, and secure, outpost.
Of course, things are never this fortunate or simple in this sort of film, with a vicious, slimy alien soon making its deadly presence known amongst the crew. Creepozoids doesn’t feature anything remotely resembling solid acting, with the forgettable cast of space soldiers benefiting only from the presence of scream queen Linnea Quigley as Bianca, whose shower/sex scene early on serves as one of the film’s most memorable moments.
Elsewhere, the action of Creepozoids focuses primarily upon the characters walking around, wandering, facing fake mutant rats, and, finally, dying in spectacularly gross fashion. It’s here with the films shines its strongest, utilizing some gruesome and splat-tastic special effects to its benefit. At a brief seventy-two minutes, there are certainly much worse ways for bad sci-fi geeks to get their kicks, yet Creepozoids also doesn’t break down any walls or create any lasting memories…other than that damn mutant baby!
88 Films presents Creepozoids in a fullscreen presentation which preserves the film’s original video aspect ratio, with both color and sound falling in line with the similarly solid delivery found on the company’s “Grindhouse” line of titles. Reversible DVD cover art and the film’s original trailer are featured amongst the DVD extras, while 88 Films has also decided to include a bonus film of sorts, in the form of the 1983 compilation tape Film Gore. This VHS sourced extra features The Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira as host for ninety minutes of clips and bloody cuts from the most infamous horror films of the day. Driller Killer, Blood Feast and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are just a few of the films included here on Film Gore, a great all around conversation starter and party film for true, old school horror fanatics. 88 Films has once again provided a DVD release with care and obvious love for the material.