You may not know the name Fred Dekker, but you should. If you are a horror fan, chances are good you’ve seen and enjoyed at least one of the (admittedly few) films Dekker either wrote, directed or contributed a story for. From the 1986 William Katt film HOUSE to multiple episodes of the beloved HBO television series TALES FROM THE CRYPT, Dekker made a dent in the world of horror in many ways but his real contribution can be summed up with two films: NIGHT OF THE CREEPS and THE MONSTER SQUAD.
Dekker wrote and directed NIGHT OF THE CREEPS twenty-five years ago — blending together the best of ‘50s science-fiction schlock, George A. Romero zombie films and even an axe-wielding slasher. A film that is not afraid to pick and choose from a multitude of horror sub-genres, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS is an insanely fun horror comedy about a group of college students who find themselves up to their ankles in writhing, deadly alien worms. The worms burrow themselves into the noggin of corpses — reanimating the dead and turning them into killer zombies. It’s up to a motley crew of misfits to save the day and prevent total alien infestation.
THE MONSTER SQUAD, released a year later, was co-written by Dekker and LETHAL WEAPON scribe Shane Black. Dekker also directed the film, his tribute to The Little Rascals. Just as NIGHT OF THE CREEPS paid tribute to the various types of horror films Dekker grew up watching, THE MONSTER SQUAD is a loving homage to the Universal Monster films of the ‘30s and ‘40s.
When Dracula decides to get the old gang back together (a super-group of monsters including the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and a reluctant Frankenstein’s Monster), a group of scary-movie-obsessed kids take it upon themselves to put a stop to the vampire’s evil plans. THE MONSTER SQUAD is that perfect ‘80s family-friendly kids film — the kind that wasn’t afraid to feature nudity, cursing and an unreasonable amount of violence.
We’re screening both films back to back this month at West Oaks. We’ll start the night off with a screening of THE MONSTER SQUAD at 7:30 PM before taking a break with a few games and giveaways and then moving right into NIGHT OF THE CREEPS.
To honor the 25th anniversary of NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, we’re inviting guests to come dressed up as if they were going to the same formal dance that the characters of NIGHT OF THE CREEPS were headed off to before their night was so rudely interrupted by squirming alien-infested zombies. We’ll crown a Homecoming King and Queen to the two attendees that are best decked out in zombie formal attire. The winners will receive an awesome Alamo prize pack that will make you the envy of all the rest of the undead.
Tickets are only $12 so don’t miss out on this one-two punch of Fred Dekker goodness and help honor a filmmaker who managed to do the near impossible and turn out two really great movies within a year of each other. To keep up with all the horror happenings at Houston-area Alamo Drafthouse theaters, follow our new group on Facebook here.