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Synopsis

Two of the most venerable names in the horror field, author Stephen King and director George A. Romero, present this anthology of original twisted tales inspired by the E.C. horror comics of the 50's and 60's (themselves a more direct basis for the popular Tales from the Crypt TV series). The five stories are framed within the pages of a comic book which a boy's insensitive father has thrown in the garbage. The first tale, Father's Day, features a zombie patriarch returning to claim his Father's Day cake; The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill stars King himself as a slack-jawed yokel whose discovery of a radioactive meteorite turns him into a walking weed; Something to Tide You Over presents a deadly-serious Leslie Nielsen as a cuckolded husband who plans an elaborate seaside revenge; The Crate unleashes its ferocious man-eating contents on the enemies of a meek college professor; and They're Creeping Up On You pits obsessively-clean billionaire E.G. Marshall against a swarm of cockroaches in his sterile penthouse. The chapters are uniformly creative, filmed in garish comic-book colors, and Tom Savini's makeup effects are quite memorable (particularly the monster from The Crate), though the campy treatment does become exhausting after two hours' runtime. The final segment is the most impressive, thanks to Marshall's over-the-top performance, though the planned scope of the cockroach invasion was drastically reduced (no doubt due to budget constraints).~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Hal Holbrook
  • Adrienne Barbeau
  • Fritz Weaver
  • Leslie Nielsen
  • Carrie Nye
  • E.G. Marshall
  • Viveca Lindfors
  • Ed Harris
  • Ted Danson
  • Stephen King

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • In "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill", the film playing on Jordy's television in the background is A Star Is Born (1937), according to George A. Romero's commentary on the UK Special Edition DVD.
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Goofs

  • In the segment "The Crate", when Henry "shoots" Billie, the hole in her forehead appears one frame AFTER the blood spray comes from the back of her head.
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Quotes

    • Wilma Northrup: I mean, some of these so-called academics make the shark in "Jaws" look like fuckin' Flipper!
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Metacritic

75

What they've done here is to recapture not only the look and the storylines of old horror comics, but also the peculiar feeling of poetic justice that permeated their pages. In an EC horror story, unspeakable things happened to people - but, for the most part, they deserved them.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
75

The film has fun. In a way, Creepshow is a horror for grownups. It is grownups, after all, who understand that horror stories must be fun; if they're not, then they're just horrifying, and who wants that? [15 Nov 1982, p.D3]

Metacritic review by Bill Cosford
Bill Cosford
Miami Herald
63

Creepshow is probably not everything the fans of each horrormeister hoped it would be (it is not, for example, in the same league as Cavalcanti's great anthology film, Dead of Night), but it's probably enough.[10 Nov 1982]

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)