Creepshow (1982)

Directed by: George A. Romero
Produced by: Richard P. Rubinstein
Screenplay by: Stephen King
Starring: Hal Holbrook,
Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen
Carrie Nye, E. G. Marshall, Viveca Lindfors
Tom Atkins
Released: November 12, 1982

This movie is one of the more popular anthology horror movies comprising of five vignettes, “Father’s Day“, “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill“, “Something to Tide You Over“, “The Crate” and “They’re Creeping Up on You!” and a bookend piece introducing and closing out the film. The segments “Jordy Verrill” about a simple man named Jordy (King) that stumbles upon a meteorite that has incredible floral consequences when Jordy touches it, and “The Crate” about a murderous Bigfoot like creature held in a box at a university that one psychopath professor (Holbrook) decides to use as a method to kill his obnoxious wife (Barbeau), were adapted for the screen from Stephen King’s unpublished material. The remaining segments, “Father’s Day” about the reanimated corpse of a murdered family patriarch that seeks vengeance against his greedy duplicitous family…and some cake, “Something To Tide You Over” about an enraged millionaire (Nielsen) who plots the murders of his wife and her lover (Danson), and “They’re Creeping Up on You!” about a Scrooge like rich crotchpot overrun in his penthouse apartment by swarms of cockroaches were written specifically for the movie. My personal favourite of the lot was “They’re Creeping Up on You!

Creepshow (1982) was a rare departure from Director George Romero’s usual comfort zone zombie-fare. The movie is a book-ended anthology picture, with various themes and tones, that attempts to successfully emulate the classic horror comics of the 1950s that George Romero grew up with. On paper, with a screenplay written by Stephen King – directed by a Horror master in Romero – and an impressive cast of the day including Tom Atkins, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen and Ted Dansen (to name a few) the movie seems like it would be an awesome horror flick…but it lacks any real frights. However, the film was a moderate sleeper success in 1982, and spawned a sequel in 1987. A third movie was released in 2006 and although it follows a similar format, it lacks the same charm and feel of both the original and Part 2.


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