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Creepshow 1982 Reviewed

Featured Image For Creepshow 1982 Reviewed.   Poster for 'Creepshow' featuring a skeletal figure in a cloak peering from behind a box office window, set against a blood-red curtain.
Step right up to the ticket booth, where 'Creepshow's' skeletal gatekeeper invites you into a twisted anthology of terror. Once inside, these tales will creep and crawl into your nightmares.

The lights flicker, a chill snakes down your spine. There's a tattered comic book on the floor, its spine creased and dog-eared. Yellowed pages rustle – a skeletal hand bursts forth, clutching a gruesome trophy, a whisper echoing, "The Creepshow..." And in that spine-tingling, hair-raising flash, you know you're in for a treat. It's more than a movie. It's that feeling, that jolt your heart gets when the shadows shift...

Key Takeaways For This Film

  • The Power of the Horror Anthology: Creepshow is a prime example of how a well-crafted horror anthology can deliver short, punchy scares and a variety of tones. Its format allows for different kinds of stories, from psychological terror to over-the-top creature features.

  • The Influence of EC Comics: The film's brightly colored visuals, stylized transitions, and emphasis on darkly ironic comeuppance draw heavily from the classic EC Comics of the 1950s ("Tales From The Crypt" etc.).

  • Romero and King: A Match Made in Horror Heaven: The collaboration between director George A. Romero and writer Stephen King is a major selling point. Their combined talent for crafting relatable characters and shocking situations shines in every story.

  • Practical Effects Triumph: Creepshow's reliance on practical effects, like prosthetics, puppetry, and animatronics adds to its enduring charm. Even now, they retain a grotesque, tactile quality that can be more effective than modern CGI.

  • The Importance of "Comeuppance": Many of the stories revolve around characters getting their just desserts, often in gruesomely ironic ways. This taps into a primal sense of justice and makes the scares all the more satisfying.

  • Even the Silly is Scary: While some segments, like "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" are overtly comedic, they still carry genuine chills and unsettling imagery. Creepshow proves that horror and humor can be unsettling bedfellows.

A woman's eyes are wide with fear as she watches the horror anthology film "Creepshow.
Each twisted tale brought a fresh wave of shivers down her spine.

Creepshow, that 1982 masterpiece of the macabre from Romero and King, doesn't just tell stories – it conjures them. Like a midnight carny with a wicked grin, it shows you horrors that linger long after the final frame fades to black.

Let's step into the flickering pages, shall we? There's "Father's Day," where Bedelia returns from the grave on that oh-so-special day, her eyes like dead marbles, a cake knife gleaming in the moonlight. The tension, the crumbling family dynamic – it's enough to make you jump at every creaking floorboard. And her macabre little waltz? Unsettling, a moment of pure horror genius.

Then there's "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," King's ode to the hillbilly gone wrong, a yokel whose luck's about to turn, courtesy of a meteorite glowing like an angry ember. Stephen King himself stars, and his performance is as outlandishly comic as it is tragic. His greed, his desperation, the creep of that alien green... It's body horror played for laughs, and damn if it doesn't work.

Next, how about a dip in the briny deep with "Something to Tide You Over?" Leslie Nielsen, suave and silvered, plays the ultimate vengeful husband with a plan as twisted as seaweed. Adrienne Barbeau and Ted Danson become his pawns, buried in the sand, trapped while the tide does its terrible work. This one's pure, psychological torment, the kind that gnaws at you after.

A man watches "Creepshow," his body tense and his eyes revealing a mix of fear and morbid curiosity.
The film's gleefully gruesome tales made his skin crawl, yet he couldn't look away.

A Perfect Mix Of The Macabre

We can't forget "The Crate," perhaps the most iconic segment of the bunch. Hal Holbrook, frantic professor, and his shrewish, harpy of a wife (played with relish by Adrienne Barbeau) are harboring a secret beneath the university. Something that roars. Something that hungers. The tension here is a drawn wire, and the creature, a flurry of teeth and fur, is pure nightmare fuel. It's a masterclass in suspense.

Lastly, there's "They're Creeping Up on You," an exercise in claustrophobia and paranoia. E.G. Marshall as the obsessive-compulsive tycoon unraveling under an infestation is a marvel to watch. The cockroaches, those armies of scuttling horror, swarm and multiply, driving him to a madness that's as grotesque as it is darkly funny. This is where Creepshow leans hardest into its comic book roots.

Creepshow isn't just about the stories themselves, but how they're woven together, the garish colors and Michael Gornick's stylized cinematography. Each segment bleeds into the next, a whirl of EC comics come to life. The makeup, the practical effects – they're glorious, oozing and grotesque with an almost childish glee.

And that's the thing, isn't it? Horror anthologies are all about that return to the primal. It's telling ghost stories around the campfire, the frisson of knowing something wicked might be just around the next page-turn. It's why we still watch, white-knuckled and wide-eyed, decades later.

Do I love Creepshow? Damn straight. If you're a horror fan, you owe it to yourself to experience – no, to endure – this deliciously wicked little film. It's like a funhouse mirror, warping the world, showing you awful things you can't help but grin at. And hey, who wouldn't want revenge on their cheating wife by burying her up to the neck in sand, or a monster in the crate, a janitor with a secret, or a meteor turning a hillbilly into a field of alien weeds?

And that is Creepshow 1982 Reviewed. One of the best classic horror anthology films

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If You Liked Creepshow You Might Also Like These Films

  • Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990): Another anthology from George Romero, with stories ranging from a vengeful mummy to a killer cat-like creature. Shares Creepshow's blend of scares and dark humor.

  • Night of the Demons (1988): A group of teens unwisely throw a Halloween party at a haunted funeral parlor and find themselves battling demonic possession. It features gory practical effects, over-the-top humor, and a similar '80s horror sensibility.

  • Cat's Eye (1985): This anthology links its stories through the perspective of a stray cat. All tales are written by Stephen King, offering the same blend of the macabre and the darkly humorous as Creepshow.

  • Trick 'r Treat (2007): Set on Halloween night, this interweaves horror stories with wicked twists and a focus on the traditions of the holiday. Echoes Creepshow's playful, sometimes darkly funny scares.

  • Body Bags (1993): This Showtime film directed by John Carpenter (Halloween) and Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) features three horror tales introduced by a delightfully creepy coroner. Like Creepshow, it offers big names in the genre and short, punchy scares.

Creepshow 1982 Reviewed FAQs

Q: What is Creepshow? 

A: Creepshow is a 1982 horror comedy anthology film directed by George Romero and written by Stephen King. It pays direct homage to the gruesomely playful EC Comics of the 1950s, such as Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror. Creepshow features five short tales of terror, with animated comic-style transitions linking them together.

Q: Who are some of the notable actors in Creepshow? 

A: Creepshow features a mix of established stars and character actors:

  • Ed Harris: (Westworld, The Truman Show) stars in a later segment.

  • Tom Savini: Iconic horror special effects maestro; he also acts here.

  • Fritz Weaver: (Marathon Man, Twilight Zone) plays a meek professor tormented by a monster

  • Carrie Nye: (The Group, Network) appears as a victim of her husband's twisted revenge

  • Leslie Nielsen: (Airplane!, The Naked Gun) known for comedy, plays against type as the villain

  • E.G. Marshall: (12 Angry Men, The Defenders) brings gravitas as a germophobic tycoon

  • Stephen King himself: The author takes a comedic turn as a hapless farmer

Q: How many stories are there in Creepshow? 

A: Creepshow consists of five horror stories, each with its own unique plot and characters. These are:

  • "Father's Day": A family reunion turns deadly when a vengeful spirit seeks revenge

  • "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill": A dimwitted farmer discovers a meteorite with strange effects

  • "Something to Tide You Over": A jealous husband (Leslie Nielsen) devises a terrifying seaside punishment

  • "The Crate": A monstrous creature lurks in a crate discovered under a university

  • "They're Creeping Up on You": A cruel tycoon faces an infestation with a horrifying twist

Q: Can you provide a brief overview of some of the segments in Creepshow? 

A: Absolutely! Here's a deeper look:

  • "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill": A classic King story of a backwoods loser whose greed brings unexpected consequences

  • "The Crate": Perhaps the most iconic segment, features Adrienne Barbeau as a shrewish wife, Hal Holbrook as her frantic husband, and a truly terrifying creature.

  • "Father's Day": Features a decaying corpse, a sinister cake, and a macabre family dinner.

Q: Who directed the movie Creepshow? 

A: Creepshow was directed by George A. Romero, best known for his revolutionary zombie film Night of the Living Dead and its sequels. He brings his talent for suspense and unsettling visuals to this project.

Q: What is the significance of Creepshow in the horror genre? 

A: Creepshow is considered a cult classic and is beloved by many horror fans for its unique storytelling, dark humor, and its tribute to the classic horror comics that inspired it. Its success also inspired a sequel, Creepshow 2 in 1987, and a Shudder streaming series started in 2019.

Q: Where can I find more information about Creepshow? 

A: You can find detailed information about Creepshow on IMDb, as well as various movie review websites. There are also fan sites and wikis dedicated to the film, offering behind-the-scenes trivia and analysis.

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