Episode 606: The Creeping Terror
First aired: Comedy Central on 17 September 1994
Availability: Amazon DVD (Volume 1), Rhino (Volume 1/out of print)
|One of the worst.
For instance, Plan 9 from Outer Space is famously -- or an infamously -- bad film.
Robot Monster is another famously bad film.
And so is The Creeping Terror.
It being a bad film has nothing to do with it being shot at the Spahn Ranch. Yes, that Spahn Ranch. The location was used in several films and television shows prior to the Manson Family moving in, so it's not really a bad thing that some scenes were filmed there. Doesn't help, though.
This is the film where the monster is a bunch of carpet fragments sewn together. And, it's the one with no dialog. Or very little dialog.
|Killer Karpets from Outer Space.
|Shake shake shake...
|Aren't you glad you used dials?
|The SOL gets a flag.
Oh. Yeah. Never mind about the humanoids.
I touched on the soundtrack earlier, but here's the whole story. Or more of the story. Or a couple of stories, either or neither of which may be true.
One goes that the soundtrack was dropped in a lake and the film had to be dubbed. Since not all the actors were available -- they went back to their jobs as plumbers or were involved in a lawsuit against the director -- so only certain lines could be dubbed, and the rest was covered up by narration.
Another story goes that the film was made without sound as a cost-saving measure, and the decision to dub everything in editing was the plan all along. Again, not all of the actors were available for whatever reason, and narration filled the bill.
What all this means is that this is one of the first silent movies with sound taking the place of the title cards. Or something.
Anyway, it made a bad film worse.
The riffing is good, though. The Host Segments are okay, but nothing spectacular. This is one of those that works. Bad film, good riffing, and not-bad skits. For some reason, it works.