The Creep Behind the Camera
- 111 mins
A horrendous creature is haunting the streets of Los Angeles, waiting for the cover of night before coming out and stalking those innocent young girls unlucky enough to cross its path. It is usually encountered in bars as it attempts to quench its insatiable thirst for drugs and alcohol. Hungry for fame and fortune, it’s fueled by a demonic rage ready to devour anyone attempting to hinder its becoming the most powerful entity in Hollywood. While sometimes called A.J. Nelson, this demon is more commonly known as Vic Savage. This is his story…
In 1964, the film THE CREEPING TERROR is released to a small, dumbstruck audience. Produced with a microscopic budget verging on the non-existent, it tells of the rambunctious arrival of an unconvincing alien life-form here on Earth. Quirky and eccentric, the feature quickly earns a reputation as the worst movie ever made, a status that will eventually lead to its inclusion in one of the most memorable episodes in the annals of MTS3K. The saga behind the scenes of CREEPING TERROR, however, proves to be just as spectacular as the finished product. Much like Ed Wood, Vic Savage set out at a young age to conquer Hollywood. A decadent hoodlum with a vicious temper, he managed to pull off a variety of schemes in order to convince an honest producer to invest in what he promised to be “the biggest monster movie ever made”. With most of the budget being spent on women and drugs, Savage had to come up with increasingly bigger lies to keep his crew afloat in a boat heading full-speed towards a deadly iceberg.
A disastrous portrait of a talentless artist with disproportionate ambition, Pete Schuerman’s THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA pays vibrant tribute to an inglorious chapter in the history of genre cinema, incidentally exposing one of the most unimaginably radical antitheses of the Hollywood dream. Ultimately, CREEPING TERROR is a succession of aimless events orchestrated by a loon with a seductive stare, the part of which is played by Josh Phillips, who literally becomes his character in this larger-than-life performance. This catastrophic failure is also chronicled by those that have lived through it as Schuerman permeates his biography with interviews with the poor devils that fraternized with Savage. Filled with shocking anecdotes, this chaotic tale is a foray as funny as it is terrifying into the madness of a self-destructive man. The legend of Vic Savage deserved its own movie. Done and done!
— Simon Laperrière