The Creep Behind the Camera
Directed by Pete Schuermann
This deranged documentary tells the strange-but-true story of the worst horror movie ever made - THE CREEPING TERROR - and its monstrous creator, Vic Savage, who went from reform school to sex work to crimes of every shape and size before setting off for Hollywood. Savage spent his days working every producer in town, and his nights kicking his battered wife out of bed for drunken romps with hookers. Yes, he was a scumbag, and, as the film suggests, there was probably a correlation between his evil ways and the, um, “quality” of his most famous film. MST3K fan? Push play now.
The strange-but-true story of the worst horror movie ever made and its monstrous creator.
Cast: Josh Phillips, Meggie Maddock, Laurel Harris, Jodi Lynn Thomas, Bill LeVasseur, Richard Edlund, Joson Coviello, Andy Hankins
I saw this documentary a while ago, and found it enjoyable and informative. I recommend it.
WARNING: THIS IS NOT A DOCUMENTARY. This is about as much a documentary on the making of The Creeping Terror as Tim Burton's Ed Wood is a "documentary" on Plan 9. There is only about 15-20 min.s worth of actual interview footage and audio in this 100 minute film. The rest is a fictionalized take on Vic Savage's first marriage and his career in Hollywood as he made The Creeping Terror. It seems so strange that they would get all of these people like his wife, as well as the film's producer and screenwriter in to do interviews and then barely use them. The worst part about it is that because we know these parts are embellished, I don't know what actually happened in real life and what was made up for this dramatized movie. Did they really strap the monster prop to a truck and drive it through a parade as a publicity stunt? Did Vic Savage really shoot a guy in the hand during a fight? Was he really involved in making child pornography for the mob? Was he really attacked by locusts on his way back east after burring the monster costume and fleeing California?Did they really meet Charles Manson on Spahn Ranch? Did the monster's designer really steal the costume and held it for ransom so he could be paid? The answers are all vague because everything is exaggerated and fictionalized rather than presented as facts. It would be like if Ed Wood was presented as a documentary. You would be wondering if Ed Wood really met Orson Wells in real life or not! It doesn't help that the tone is all over the place. Sometimes it's a comedic Ed Wood-esque story about The Creeping Terror itself, at other times it's a pretty dark story about Vic Savage abusing his wife, which unfortunately actually did happen in real life. These whiplash shifts in tone make it difficult to enjoy either of these parts for what they are. A few pretentious montage sequences and some unnecessary narration further bog down a story that already fells rather slow and cheesy in places. Overall, I give it 2 skulls because of the interview parts that are actually in the movie. The re-enactment footage of the Creeping Terror being shot is also pretty funny if you've seen that movie. If you're looking for actual info on how The Creeping Terror was really made, look elsewhere. If you're looking for pure entertainment, just watch the MST3K version on youtube.
3.5 skulls. Proves that real life is stranger than fiction. Pacing was a little sluggish but otherwise an enjoyable behind-the-scenes look of a terrible movie.
Entertaining enough. The acting is purposefully cheesy and is appropriate for the subject. I could not get past the obvious error in dates concerning Vics meeting Manson at Spahn ranch. Manson moved there in 1968 while creeping terror was filmed there in 1964. No way did they meet one another. Anyhow, other than that... not a bad cheesy docudrama about a dirtbag who made the worst film of all time.