boy is in his room reading a comic book instead of doing his chores.
His father barges into the room and grabs the comic book the boy
is reading. To teach the boy a lesson, the father slaps him and
throws the comic book, entitled Creepshow, away and threatens
to spank him if he ever finds him reading Creepshow comic
away. The father then justifies his reason for throwing the comic
away to his wife, stating that he doesn't like what his son reads
in the book. Later that night, as the boy is in his room hating
his father, he sees a ghostly figure in his window beckoning him
is the beginning of one of the greatest horror movies that you'll
ever see. I know from that description it doesn't sound like much,
but once the movie gets going it never stops. Given to us by two
of the undisputed masters of terror, Creepshow was written by
Stephen King and directed by his close personal friend George
Romero. This movie is an homage to the horror comics that were
published by EC Comics in the 1950's. To get a little off subject,
EC Comics were made famous for their comic titles Tales from
the Crypt, The Vault of Horror and The Haunt of
Fear. Unfortunately, comic books were the target of parental
groups in the 1940's and 1950's for their "potentially harmful
effects on children." I guess not much has changed really,
but I digress. The best thing about EC Comics is that it's the
same comic that Mad Magazine was spawned from, so not all
is bad. Anyway, back to the review...
sleeper hit at the time of it's release (November 1982) this classic
gives us five "Jolting Tales of Horror". They are: Father's
Day, The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill, Something
to Tide You Over, The Crate and They're Creeping
Up on You!.
Day is about Nathan Grantham, a despicable patriarch who was
killed on Father's Day seven years ago by his daughter Bedelia.
She bashed him in the head with a marble ashtray as he screamed
for his birthday cake. His ungrateful, money grubbing relatives
got together from then on annually for dinner on Father's Day.
Seven years after his death, Nathan Grantham comes back from the
dead in a quest for the cake he never got. This story also gives
us a cameo by Ed Harris.
we get The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill (originally
titled "Weeds") was adapted from a previously published
short horror tale by Stephen King. This is about a dimwitted backwoods
hick who thinks a newly-discovered meteorite will provide enough
money from the local college to pay off his $200 bank loan. Instead,
he finds something much different. Stephen King does a fantastic
job as the Jordy in this story, which is easily the funniest of
favorite of the stories is Something to Tide You Over.
Richard Vickers (Leslie Nielsen) is a coldblooded, wealthy husband.
When he finds out that his wife Becky (Gaylen Ross) has had an
affair, he stages a terrible fate for his unfaithful wife and
her lover, Harry Wentworth (Ted Danson). He buries them up to
their necks on the beach, below the high tide line. They drown,
but they return for vengeance.
Crate, also adapted from a previously published short horror
tale by Stephen King, is about a mysterious, extremely lethal
creature is in a crate and is unwittingly released. Henry Northrup
(Hal Holbrook) is a pacifistic college professor who sees the
creature as a way to rid himself of his drunk, emotionally abusive
wife, Wilma, (Adrienne Barbeau, in one of her best roles). The
monster in the crate was nicknamed "Fluffy" by the film's
director, George A. Romero.
we come to They're Creeping Up on You! In this story, Upson
Pratt (E.G. Marshall) is a cruel, ruthless businessman whose germaphobia
has him living in a hermetically sealed apartment, but finds himself
helpless when his put-upon employee, allows his apartment to be
overrun by...well, you'll just have to watch the movie. Let's
just say that this story puts the CREEP in Creepshow.
we get an epilogue which shows us the aftermath of the first story
between the father and son.
book imagery and effects were used extensively by George Romero
to recreate the feel of the E.C. horror comics. This takes nothig
away from the movie and makes it a bit more fun as you watch it.
On top of that, the acting is top notch for a horror movie, yes
this is meant to be light-hearted, but everyone does a fantastic
job - specifically Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, and especially
E. G. Marshall.
effects were done by the always terrific Tom Savini. I think this
movie is the pinnacle of his career.
Father's Day segment has clips in the trailer, which I
remember seeing at the drive-in with my parents when I was four
years old. The sight of Nathan coming back from the grave made
my blood run cold and was my first experience with horror.
for a little bit of trivia. The success of Creepshow sparked
interest in a television series in the same mold. After a few
changes, Laurel Productions renamed the television version Tales
from the Darkside. The series later spawned a film adaptation
very similar to Creepshow, entitled Tales from the Darkside:
The Movie, which was directed by Creepshow composer John Harrison.
Tom Savini has said that the film is the real Creepshow
3. This series lasted four years (198387) before
being replaced by a virtually identical series named Monsters,
which lasted another three years (198891).
I stated above, this is one of the greatest horror movies that
you'll ever see. If you've never seen it, go out and buy it right
10 out of 10 reasons to not throw out comic books.