31 Monstrous Failures #7: The Creeping Terror
One challenge with this year’s theme of crappy monsters is that I’ve already plucked a lot of the low-hanging fruit: Ro-Man, Birdemic, the Lepus, the Giant Claw and the Mighty Peking Man. Even though I may have to dig a little deeper to fill an entire month, that doesn’t mean that I can’t hit a few of the classics. Like, for example…
The Creeping Terror!
The 1964 movie The Creeping Terror is one of the central texts in the canon of So Bad It’s Good. Though, as with Manos, Hands of Fate or Monster A Go-Go, you’re probably better off watching the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version.
The Creeping Terror recounted the landing of an alien spacecraft in the California countryside. A biological probe resembling an oversized slug constructed of tubing and carpet scraps shuffled forth, propelled by the barely-concealed feet of the extras toiling underneath the costume.
As with other ultra-low-budget films, The Creeping Terror was largely shot without sound. An off-screen narrator was dubbed in to explain what in the heck was happening.
Here’s the highlight of The Creeping Terror: the infamous dance hall massacre. “My God, what is it?!?”