Night of the Creeps ★★★★

I often get this movie confused with the made-for-TV film "The Midnight Hour," which came out the previous year. They both involve Zombies attacking a frat house and music from the 1950s, so I guess it’s understandable. This is by far the cleverer film. This is a spoof-cum-homage to horror and sci fi films of the mid-to-late twentieth century, which includes good 80s gore and mild nudity. Most of the characters have last names of famous horror directors (Corman, Cronenberg, Romero, Carpenter, Cameron, Landis), and much of the intentional humor works, without actually undermining the false and real scares. Most of the cast are unknowns, but Tom Atkins (from “Escape from New York” and Halloween III: Season of the Witch”) turns in a brilliant performance as the driven cop who answers the phone, “Thrill Me” and Dick Miller has a brief cameo as Walter Paisley that is reminiscent of his role in “The Terminator.”