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. Tales of sex, drugs, rape, money, scams, high comedy, pedophilia, heartbreak, bank robberies, Nazism, missing persons, suicide, false identities and a tie-in to the Manson murders make CREEP! a mesmerizing, hilarious and sometimes disturbing hit.
Art Nelson, aka Vic Savage, was a con-artist looking to make a buck. Movie-making was just one of his weapons of choice. But the methods to Art's madness in creating The Creeping Terror make Ed Wood's story seem trivial in comparison. Unlike Ed Wood however, CREEP! is told by the actual people who helped bring The Creeping Terror to life, for better or for worse. But CREEP! isn't just a documentary recounting the desperate tales of Art Nelson by those who knew him best. The vision of CREEP! director Pete Schuermann is to include recreations of these sensational stories portrayed by high caliber actors. These wouldn't be typical recreations with voice over along the Ken Burns school of thought but rather elegantly produced scenes to set up the actual, and hilarious, footage from The Creeping Terror, also to be included in CREEP!