CREEP! Explores the hidden horrors of a bad movie maker
A dark comedy/docu-drama feature film, CREEP! chronicles the outlandish story of psychopath/ movie director Art Nelson in his audacious effort to make a monster movie in 1964. The result of those efforts was the obscure yet cultish film, The Creeping Terror. Considered to be the worst movie ever made, it also became one of the most mind-boggling scams in the history of celluloid.
At first watch most viewers find many of the sequences in The Creeping Terror so unbelievably awful and ineptly executed that the movie transcends the sci-fi and horror genres and delves into the realm of comedy. But the story behind the film contains all of the elements of classic movie making that director Art Nelson would have killed to have in The Creeping Terror.
Art’s madness in creating The Creeping Terror make Ed Wood’s story seem trivial in comparison. Highly comic yet darkly disturbing ales of sex, drugs, rape, money scams, heartbreak, bank robberies, Nazism, missing persons, suicide, false identities, and ties to the Manson murders — CREEP! has it all, told by the very people who, for better or worse, helped make the film happen.
But CREEP! isn’t just a docu-drama recounting the desperate tales of Art Nelson by those who knew him best. CREEP! director Pete Schuermann re-creates the participants sensational stories with high caliber actors in elegantly produced scenes to set up the actual and hilarious footage from The The Creeping Terror.
It’s a hybrid narrative feature film with the added realism of documentary content.
CREEP! explores Hollywood after the Golden Age of Cinema when America was deep into the Space Race and “drive-in movies” had hit their peak in popularity. A time when production value was often a non-concern and the allure of Hollywood success was undeniable, especially to Art Nelson. The magnitude of the scandal he concocted insures that CREEP! will be seen as one of the landmark films about the business of show business.
Here’s an indepth look at the film, set to be released later this year. Read more about it at CreepFilm.Com.