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THE CREEPING TERROR - 1 Slime
Not Rated
Copyright 1964 Metropolitan International Pictures.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 12 April 2003.

The Characters:  

  • Martin & Brett - A deputy sheriff and his new bride. They are poor examples of main characters (especially Martin, he tends to slouch when sitting).
  • The Narrator - Here is the movie's true main character.
  • Dr. Bradford - The world's leading expert on communicating with aliens.
  • Col. Caldwell - Young for a senior officer, but the inexperience explains both his lack of leadership and two left feet.
  • Ben - The old and gruff sheriff who gets eaten early on.
  • Barney - Deputy and bachelor friend of Martin's.
  • Jeff - Forest ranger. The only person to beat Ben in the race to the creature's maw.
  • Almost Everyone Else - Monster chow.
  • The Creeping Terror - Ahhhh! A hideous monster from outer space! It is coming after me, crawling, lurching its way down the hall! Look at it! See how it hungers for my flesh as it drags itself inexorably closer! (Growing bored.) Yup, still coming.

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The Plot: 

The movie's first warning signs of impending boredom and doom can be seen early on. First, the Narrator starts talking and rarely pauses for breath until the ending credits. Second, the alien rocket lands on Earth. Landing is accomplished by running the launch of a real rocket, possibly a Gemini mission, in reverse. And third, the Creeping Terror crawls out of the rocket, thus providing the audience with a clear view.

Some people describe the title monster as a killer rug and that is pretty darn accurate. The Creeping Terror does look like a mound of upholstery or carpet. It also sports a stalk which, if found growing on the edge of a garden, you might mistake for some sort of weed. It moves so slow that moss appears fast in comparison. That the creature somehow manages to catch people and ingest them (via a gaping orifice in the front) can only be attributed to special effects. There are many shots of feet disappearing into the Terror's maw. Yeah, those sort of special effects.

The time is around 5:30 AM, Martin and Brett are returning from their honeymoon when they see the Sheriff's vehicle speeding down the road. The cars pull over and the occupants talk about what Jeff reported. The forest ranger said that he thought a plane had crashed in the woods. Proceeding to the location, they find Jeff's truck abandoned outside the rocket. Ben crawls in to see what is inside; Martin and Brett hear the sheriff screaming and gunshots. They wisely back away and call for assistance. An Army unit is dispatched to secure the rocket, but the soldiers have to move a tree that mysteriously fell across the road. I have no idea how it got there.

Up to this point the characters have said all of six sentences. The damn Narrator is explaining everything else, while we watch the actor's lips move. Complaining about this is a double-edge sword. The filmmakers do try to dub in dialog when Dr. Bradford arrives. Their efforts make Hong Kong kung fu films appear professional. I ended up having a love/hate relationship with the Narrator's unending contribution.

Bradford examines the rocket and its contents. The ship is filled with instruments (suspiciously familiar to my human eyes) and, to beat all, another monster is tied to the wall like some sort of pet dog. The scientist attempts to communicate with Creeping Terror #2, but only succeeds in frustrating himself. Meanwhile, the other Creeping Terror wanders the countryside, gobbling up random people. A woman necking with her boyfriend: eaten. Another woman who is hanging laundry, with a clothespin on her tongue (weird, and I bet she is some sort of closet masochist): et. A boy and his rotund grandfather: also et.

At long last the bingeing beast finds the smorgasbord, I mean dance hall. You really have to see the people dancing to believe this. There is one girl wearing a dress more befitting June Cleaver in the kitchen, but right next to her is "Hoochie Mama." Sparkling skintight pants, a bare midriff, and all sorts of jiggling gave the latter dancer her name. There is also a man who appears to be suffering from some sort of mental illness (my wife informed me that he was sane, just not a competent dancer). The Creeping Terror drags itself into the club and backs the crowd into a corner. It eats every single person, including two patrons who were not cornered and wisely waited around until it could eat them too.

Next stop on the entree express is the local park 'n' smooch. A few couples become monster chow. What is puzzling is the time of day - it appears to be early in the afternoon. People making out in cars and a club full of customers at lunchtime?

The Army platoon attempts to stop the rampaging Terror (I feel funny calling it a rampage when the thing moves like cold molasses and only eats stupid people), but they soon become kibble. This is facilitated by the soldier's use of outdated tactics. They clumped together like a bunch of civil war veterans! The creature swallowed them all in just one bite! Caldwell finally destroys the Creeping Terror with a grenade, though he hurts himself.

Performing an impromptu autopsy on the alien, Dr. Bradford shoves his hand into the heap of dead flesh and pulls out a mass of circuitry. The discovery causes the scientist to panic. He jumps into a vehicle and rushes back to the rocket. Once there, he attempts to access a console and a small explosion results. Creeping Terror #2 is freed by the blast. It chases Bradford, but he avoids becoming chow by crawling away. (Why didn't anyone else think of that?) Martin arrives just in time; he rams the Terror with his vehicle, killing the monster.

Bradford tells Martin and Brett that he now understand the creature's purpose: it was designed to eat people and analyze them. The information is relayed back to a data bank aboard the rocket. With both of the gathering units dead, the ship will probably transmit the collected information to the intelligence that designed the system. The deputy rushes to destroy the machinery before it is too late.

Oops, too late.

The pity here is that the creature's ultimate purpose, consuming humans to sequence their DNA and RNA, is actually pretty thoughtful. Why fight a war against mankind when a genetically engineered virus (it could cause a deadly plague or sterilization) can do the job with less effort and risk? Unfortunately, the idea is wrapped in this boring movie. The budget is probably to blame as much as any particular person.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Sometimes the credits do not really matter.
  • The sun is directly overhead at 5:30 AM.
  • Even being halfway down something's digestive tract will not muffle your screams.
  • Marriage = instant social death.
  • Guitars are not effective as weapons.
  • Clumsy people should not be issued grenades.
  • The extraterrestrial version of a firewall is very literal.
  • Attempting to vandalize an alien spaceship is a good workout.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 4 mins - That does not look like the rocketship we watched "landing."
  • 10 mins - And they walk quickly away from whatever it was that ate the sheriff (this is a pretty effective measure).
  • 26 mins - No wonder the kid is unhappy...
  • 30 mins - Congratulations on catching a very dead fish.
  • 38 mins - Did he just say, "Hootenanny?"
  • 41 mins - The clouds have not moved in the last two days. Riiiiggghhht.
  • 75 mins - Try being an optimist for once, Bradford. For example: 25% of your body is not covered in burns.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note creepterror1.wav Narrator: "Brett is his and he feels no man could ask for more. Now, without warning, their honeymoon was to become a nightmare."
Green Music Note creepterror2.wav Ben gets et.
Green Music Note creepterror3.wav Narrator: "Martin was outraged by the government's intellectual approach to a monster that had already killed and caused the disappearance of his two close friends. Caldwell tended to agree with him, but stated that he had to follow his orders."
Green Music Note creepterror4.wav Narrator: "Within forty-eight hours, Dr. Bradford had closely examined the creature and the spaceship and reached a number of conclusions. He was sure the creature had come from beyond our solar system."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Watch in stark horror as the Creeping Terror ingests this poor girl. And to think, if she ran away I would never have known that women have two throats.

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Reply #25. Posted on June 15, 2005, 03:43:52 PM by Fresno flesno III
This was a rather silly movie.  I believe that the main character was actually played by John Kerry(the guy that lost to Bush in the last election).  There is a striking resemblance.
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Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Sam Longoria
I have a copy of the original script of "Creeping Terror,"
given me by Harry Medved. I think his "Golden Turkey Awards" bad movie book picked "Plan 9" over "Creeping Terror" as the worst film of all time, because Harry and his brother Michael were on a deadline, and couldn't find any production stills from "Creeping Terror."

There is no other feasible explanation,
for I know them to be honorable men.

Wanta know something really scary?
The script isn't bad. It's pretty readable. "The Creeping Terror" is not a bad movie because it had a bad script. It's really truly bad because the Producer/Director was a really truly bad Director.

I love the narration over everything too, (yes, the original sound was lost, and horribly distorted, and they had to narrate everything).
"Todd told the General, the Creature had been caused to mutate by atomic radiation."

The girls' screams are on a loop, so they repeat and repeat without any change in inflection.
"Aeehhhh!" "Aeeehhhh!"  And that music...

The monster looks like carpets stapled together at the edges, with guys underneath, with clown shoes on their knees, and a big hole in the front for the er, mouth.
It's clearly designed to look like both male and female genitalia at the same time, decorated with oddly-familiar structures, and big clumps of yarn and fur.

Yes, guys arms reach through the hole at times, to pull screaming girls into the monster's er, mouth.

The "Creeping Terror" was made in 1964, and my friend Richard Edlund says he thinks he shot the titles for it when he was at Westheimer effects. The movie is made even more stunning by how good the titles are, then how incredibly mind-numbingly bad the movie is.

I saw it first, late late one night on CBC Canadian TV,
it looked interesting - Hollywood titles, and then it was just unrelentingly, hypnotically bad, for every frame, all the way to the very end.

Even really bad movies have occasionally adequate moments,
but not "The Creeping Terror." Not one good frame.
Not a single one. It is pure.

Watching it is like being struck in the forehead by a mallet.  Pungent, like a very smelly, very old cheese.

Unlike a cheese, "Creeping Terror" kept me going for years,
because watching it gave me hope, and made me realize something terribly important.

No matter how bad my footage, or low my budget, if I pulled my eyes out and tied them in a square knot across the bridge of my nose, and they locked me in a sack and set it on fire, and threw it off a bridge into the river, and it was washed out to sea and I died and sharks ate me, and I settled to the ocean floor as shark poop,
any movie I would make after that...

...would still be better than "The Creeping Terror!"

And - as bad as it was and is for all eternity, and I'm still convinced it's worse than anything, worse than "Astro-Zombies" worse than "Wild Women of Wongo," and as for "Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes" hah!

"KT" was written to be bad on purpose, and is actually intentionally funny in places, and it has a real helicopter crash in it, which is really cool. The worst you can say about "KT" is, it is merely incompetent. It is bad, to be sure, but not this bad.

We're talkin' really truly stinkin' horribly bad here,
for which "Creeping Terror" is eminently qualified,
it is in a class by itself.

And here is the amazing thing. Even as bad as it is,
"Creeping Terror" got made, it got finished, and
most incredible of all things in the whole world...

It got DISTRIBUTED!

It's on tv at this very moment, playing somewhere in the world. I tried to rent it for a screening once, and the distribution company quoted me some incredibly high price $3k I think, and they didn't care when I didn't go for it, because it goes out and plays all the time,
and apparently they get their price.

If you think anything is worse, you haven't seen it, or maybe you were stoned. There is a secret brotherhood to those who have seen and enjoyed this unique production.

As Harry wrote me, "Anybody who has seen "The Creeping Terror," and understands it to be the worst film of all time, is a friend for life."

There has to be a bottom to everything, and in my opinion,
"The Creeping Terror" is it!

Sam Longoria
Producer
Hollywood CA USA
http://samlongoria.blogspot.com
The Creeping Terror
Reply #27. Posted on August 29, 2004, 02:13:46 PM by night heron
Possibly the most stupidist looking monsters of all time and its victems just stood around waiting just what kind of director is doing this? it should have eaten the director intead
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Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by beka
Wow. What can one say about "The Creeping Terror"? It's heinously bad cinematography, the lack of a story plot, the hideousness of the acting, the creature that looks like a carpet and a vaccum cleaner got into a fight that make this movie special.
The fact that the film crew was so incompetent that they knocked the sound equipment into the lake and had to use a narrator because they didn't have the budget to replace it amazes me. Truly this is a movie sent to us from the B-Movie Gods.
If you have not seen this movie I suggest renting it (with or without the MST commentary) and watching it with a group of B-Movie lovers (some will still be in the closet) at about 1 in the morning with a thing of popcorn and lots of highly caffienated beverages.
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Reply #29. Posted on November 28, 2004, 12:46:56 AM by Henry LeCorno
This movie has been compared to The Beast of Yucca Flats. They would make a great double feature.
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Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by dreibel
  Harry and Michael Medved have a chapter dedicated to "Creeping Terror" in their book "Son Of Golden Turkey Awards", including an interview with Robert Silliphant. One thing of note: the girl who played Brett was "Art Nelson"'s girlfriend. She was also only 16 years old when the picture was made. And the guy who did the narrative in the movie also did a number of driver's ed films....
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Reply #31. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by kjw
This isn't one of those bad movies it stinks that it's funny bad.It is just plain bad in the worst way.This ranks as bad as Herschel Gordon Lewis's Monster A Go Go.Come to think of it,that also has a narrator talking pretty much throughout that bombanation as well.I don't know which is worse of the two movies.Both are p**s poor movies and just drag on end.

The thing about Monster A Go Go though,is that the said monster isn't really a monster.It is a human with scar tissue all over his face from radioactivity.I guess one could say that what makes him monsterous is the fact that he is really ugly looking in the looks department and that he is real tall.About 7ft5,and if that isn't enough to scare anyone than nothing is.The film itself sure isn't scary.

What scared me the most was the great name he had Doug,and that was the only thing that was scary about the movie.Just kidding,but Monster A Go Go,along with The Creeping Terror,are both huge stinkers.Throw in The Eye Creatures with John Ashley and you have 3 huge stinkers.And all 3 are just plain unwatchable.
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Reply #32. Posted on July 20, 2005, 06:51:55 PM by Mel
Saw the post by dreibel, and wanted to make a correction.  The actress playing Brett was actually about nineteen or twenty at the time.  She graduated from highschool in 1961.
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