The Creep Behind the Camera (2014)
In their seminal book about bad movies, authors Harry and Michael Medved nominated The Creeping Terror (1964) for a Golden Turkey Award as The Most Ridiculous Monster in Screen History*. In the same book, they awarded the Golden Turkey Award for the Worst Director of All time to Ed Wood, which ultimately led to the classic biopic starring Johnny Depp. This movie, mixing interviews, animation and re-enactments attempts to duplicate the success of that film but instead of being about the making of a bad movie called The Creeping Terror we get a bad movie about a terrible creep.
The brothers Medved appear among the talking heads, the most amusing being Allan Silliphant, who seems overly concerned about the good name of Lake Tahoe. Other people interviewed remain unidentified, supposedly because like the narrator of The Creeping Terror, they did not want to have their names listed in the credits.
Yet the worst aspect of this film are the dreadful re-enactments. When making a movie about a bad movie, it’s important to be able to distinguish the quality of direction, script and acting from the movie being sent up. The Creep Behind the Camera fails miserably in this regard. Towards this film’s end, Michael Medved remarks that there is a fine line between genius and insanity. The same can be said for piss-take and piss-poor.
*The Creeping Terror did take out the prize for The Most Laughable Concept for an
Outer Space Invader in the Medved’s followup book, 'Son of Golden Turkey Awards'.
as Art Nelson / Vic Savage
as William Thourlby
as Shannon O'Neil
as Buddy Mize
According the film's credits, it was Allan Silliphant's brother Robert who wrote The Creeping Terror. Robert also provided the stories for The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964) and The Beach Girls and the Monster (1965). Their more successful brother was writer/producer Stirling Silliphant.
Art Nelson was not married to Lois while he was making The Creeping Terror.
Charles Manson did not occupy Spahn Ranch at the time The Creeping Terror was made.
Biopic recreates several scenes from The Creeping Terror, including the alien’s consumption of several victims and its climactic attack on a prom dance.