THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA (2014) Reviews and overview


‘Con artist. Psychopath. Monster movie maker.’

The Creep Behind the Camera is a 2014 American documentary drama written and directed by Pete Schuermann. The Slithering Carpets production stars Josh Phillips, Jodi Lynn Thomas and Bill LeVasseur. 

An exploration of the making of B-movie sci-fi movie The Creeping Terror and its con man director Art “A.J.” Nelson aka Vic Savage.

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The Creep Behind the Camera is almost too outlandish to be true, but firsthand accounts are included to verify it. Granted, the real Nelson is not present to defend himself, and it’s likely that some liberties were taken for the sake of dramatization. It’s often humorous, occasionally uncomfortable, but never dull – even if, at 109 minutes, it’s a little longer than it needs to be.” Alex DiVincenzo, Broke Horror Fan

“It seems Nelson truly was the monster after all if this film and the testimonies of the cast are accurate. Either way, this is a thorough and convincing piece of behind the scenes cinema, vividly portraying the dark side of the pursuit of fame.” Ambush Bug, Ain’t It Cool News

“I’m not sure I remember the last time a movie made me laugh so hard one moment then chilled me to my core seconds later. Anyone that has an interest in the seedy underbelly of Hollywood would be well served by The Creep Behind the Camera.” Mike Snoonian, All Things Horror

The Creep Behind the Camera is a well-intentioned and engrossing project that wears some warts stemming from mixed messages, non-sequiturs, spurious “facts,” and the need for one more coat of polish to tidy its tone together.  Nevertheless, the film is a docudrama of high interest for bad movie buffs.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

” …when it comes to the portrayal of Art Nelson, Josh Phillips is all psychotic bully/drug addict and nothing more. It is a caricatured performance that conveys certain aspects of what Nelson’s character is said to have been.” Richard Scheib, Moria

“Schuermann’s balance between documentary and docudrama is pitch-perfect, making The Creep Behind the Camera not only engrossing but thoroughly entertaining.” August Ragone, Famous Monsters of Filmland

Digital release:

Synapse Films released the film on Blu-ray on September 12, 2017 with the following special features:

  • All-new 2K scan of The Creeping Terror (Blu-ray Exclusive)
  • Audio Commentary with Director Pete Schuermann, Producer Nancy Theken and Stars Josh Phillips & Jodi Lynn Thomas
  • The Making of The Creep Behind the Camera
  • How to Build a Carpet Monster
  • Breaking Down Art’s Death Scene
  • Monster Movie Homages
  • “One Mick to Another” with Byrd Holland & Allan Silliphant
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Screamfest Black Carpet Q&A with Frank Conniff
  • The Creep Behind The Camera Original Theatrical Trailer
  • The Creeping Terror Screamfest Promotional Trailer


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