Saturday, July 11, 2020

Creepers (1993)

Creepers (1993) aka Crawlers aka Contamination .7 aka Troll 3
Directed by Fabrizio Laurenti and Joe D'Amato

Radioactive waste turns tree roots into killers, kind of a less rapey version of Evil Dead.

Low budget science fiction horror which combines the nadir of Canadian tax shelter cinema and Troll II era low point of Italian exploitation.  The setting is Canadian as hell.  Small town despair looms large, with the town prostitute playing heavily into the plot, and most of the characters are drunk, if not the actors.  Bad performances and special effects, but there's a certain earnestness you can't help but admire, reminding me of other regional film making masterpieces like Time Chasers.

The Italian connection surprised me - I wasn't familiar with Laurenti, but it looks like he hasn't done much else (though I need to check out Hasselhoff and Linda Blair in Witchery).

Available on blu-ray from Amazon

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