Friday, March 31, 2017

"The Creeps" Blu-Ray Review by Anthony T

It's been a while since I've done a blu-ray review here on the site. It also happens that I'm a big fan of Charles Band and Full Moon Features. So it was inevitable that I would check out “The Creeps” blu-ray and review it to see if it’s worth the conversion to blu-ray for you blu-ray lovers.

The film is about a mad scientist who brings to life the classic literary monsters Dracula, Frankenstein, the Werewolf and the Mummy. The only problem is they’re small sized people. Now in order to complete his insane plan to make them full figured, he seeks out to find a virgin to sacrifice so that his creations can be restored to full size. Can he be stopped before his classic monsters become full size to terrorize everyone?

I’ve seen a lot of Charles Band’s films over the years. Films like “Blood Dolls”, “Head of the Family and “Trophy Heads. “The Creeps” to me seems to come off as one of his weaker films that he’s done even though it isn’t Band’s fault due to the film’s weak script.

Director Charles Band does a good job directing this film. One of the things that he does well was to make sure the action keeps moving. He approaches the scenes in a way that it makes the action interesting even though he doesn’t have much of the screenplay with this film. The other thing that Band does well is to make sure the acting is good enough to keep your interest. That seems to be a trademark to Band’s films as he knows that the screenplays sometime tend to not be great. He’s able to cover that up with the performance aspect. It shows here especially with this film.

The screenplay by Benjamin Carr was bad. One of the things that I didn’t like about it was the fact there is no development whatsoever. I wished Carr could’ve took a little time to flesh out the main characters as everything seem to be moving so fast that it makes the story suffer. The other thing that I didn’t like about this was the fact nothing was scary. With monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy and The Wolfman, I should’ve gotten a scary scene or two. Sadly, I didn’t get any of that here as it felt like it tries to go the humor route which was okay. Still, I was expecting more in this department. Thankfully, Band’s direction saves this film from becoming a complete mess.

Like most Full Moon releases, the extras here are bare bones. It has the film’s original videozone which includes the behind the scenes. This is fine with me because that’s custom with Full Moon’s releases. The major fault with this disc is the HD transfer. This transfer of “The Creeps” was not one of Full Moon’s best transfers as the picture looked grainy and became distracting at time. The picture looked like the DVD that I had years ago which is something I don’t expect on a blu-ray.

Review Rating: Three Stars

Disc Rating: One Star

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