Night of the Creeps on DVD finally.Posted on November 17th, 2009 15 comments
Finally, after years of waiting, “Night of the Creeps” has made it to DVD release. The 1986 horror / sci fi film, written and directed by Fred Dekker, has been a somewhat hidden away cult classic. My son, Nathan, and I found it at Wal-Mart for about $15.00. It has the cemetery ending Dekker originally planned for the film.
It was fun to see the film again after all these years and it brought up some fun memories from working on the film. Under my company, David Stipes Productions, I was able to bring together some terrific talented people to work on the project.
Celebrated concept artist and illustrator Steve Burg designed the spaceship. Burg and Emmy award winner Ron Thornton constructed the model.
Model maker, and later director, Dale Fay constructed the alien cylinder that contained the creeps.
Famed “Star Wars” vet, David M. Jones, supervised the construction of a huge forced perspective cemetery set for the film’s finale.
Michael Karp provided motion control programming. Motion-control machine work and rigging was created by Richard Bennett.
I was the visual effects supervisor and producer for my company’s portion of the effects work. I also created the motion graphics elements for the laser blasts and spark effects at the beginning of the film.
There are a couple of interesting facts: only the bottom half of the spaceship was constructed as that was all that the audience ever saw.
The Creeps spaceship was used in a “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode.
Fred Dekker later worked as a consulting producer / writer on “Star Trek; Enterprise.” In 2001, I was a visual effects supervisor on the show for two episodes. I was excited to see Fred’s name on the production crew list. It was fun seeing his face when I reintroduced myself after almost 15 years.Film & VFX history David Stipes, David Stipes Productions, film history, Forced Perspective, Motion Control, Night of the Creeps, Star Trek, Visual Effects Techniques
15 responses to “Night of the Creeps on DVD finally.”
I had some dates that were creeps! They would have been more fun for me if the guys had been dead. Most of them were like live octopi.
In all seriousness, you’ll have to bring this one over. I haven’t seen it.
Awesome Work!… and cheers go to Nathan for finding it… loved seeing the work and reading the backstory… I’ll see if Facets has it, too…
Many Thanks for Posting…
Awesome model shot! That is the kind of miniature I like! HUGE! I’ll have to go out and get this movie!
Oh wow I remember this movie. Saw it late one night on cable when I was a kid and it scared the heck out of me. Caught it again about 10 yrs later on cable again. This version had the cemetery ending. Very cool shot. Kept wondering why it never had this ending the first time I saw it.
Wasn’t the Creeps ship used as the Promellian battle cruiser on The Next Generation episode ” Booby Trap “.
I think it was also used again in a first season episode of DS9.
Yes the ship was used on TNG and DS-9. The “Night of the Creeps” producers were very kind to share the ship with Trek.
Wikipedia has an article on “Creeps” and details some info about the two endings.
I was almost done with the final shot when it was cut from the film’s ending. It still needed final compositing. Fred asked me to finish it in case he could add it later, which he did.
I remember seeing those little wormy things around Ted Rae’s shop.
Ted, as usual, did a great job on the film!
Richard Kennedy November 23rd, 2009 at 13:56
Very cool!! I’ll have to go pick me up a copy!
It is a fun film, full of goofy makeup, situations and effects.
Ha, man, I have not thought of this film in yeeeeeeeeeears! Have to pick up a copy myself, eh. Thanks for the fun BTS info and pics on it.
peace and long life | deg
PS. BTW, you wouldn’t happen to have any good shots of the V mothership still would you? I know a guy who is a fan of the old mini-series, and wants to build it, but he can’t find any really good reference shots of it. If so, thanks, David!
PSS. Hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving!
Robert Minnes December 4th, 2009 at 09:14
Besides TNG:”Booby Trap” (as a Promellian Battle Cruiser} the DS9 episode David refers to were “Sanctuary” (as a Skrreean starship) and “Sons of Mogh” (as Noggra’s shuttle} although I seem to remember they having an upper structure…Funny those connections this film has with “Star Trek”. I think I’m gatting me a copy…Nice post again, David, Thanks.
Saw the trailer tagged onto the Zombieland DVD Saturday night.
peace | deg
It is good to see Creeps getting some publicity finally.
Allen L March 5th, 2012 at 21:29
Any chance you have more photos of the spaceship model? I’d love to try and build a replica.
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