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Creepshow (1982)



Critic Consensus: It's uneven, as anthologies often are, but Creepshow is colorful, frequently funny, and treats its inspirations with infectious reverence.

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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).

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Hal Holbrook
as Henry Northrup
Adrienne Barbeau
as Wilma Northrup
Fritz Weaver
as Dexter Stanley
Stephen King
as Jordy Verrill
Leslie Nielsen
as Richard Vickers
Ted Danson
as Harry Wentworth
Carrie Nye
as Sylvia Grantham
E.G. Marshall
as Upson Pratt
Viveca Lindfors
as Aunt Bedelia
Warner Shook
as Richard
Tom Atkins
as Billy's Father (uncredited)
Jon Lormer
as Nathan Grantham
Don Keefer
as Janitor
Bingo O'Malley
as Jordy's Dad
Nann Mogg
as Mrs. Danvers
Iva Jean Saraceni
as Billy's Mother
Joe Hill
as Billy
Chuck Aber
as Richard Raymond
Marty Schiff
as Garbage Man
Tom Savini
as Garbage Man
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Critic Reviews for Creepshow

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (7)

The team-up of director George A. Romero with King was seen as a monumental summit; the movie that resulted from their collaboration is uneven, but its best bits hold up as well as anything in either master's canon.

September 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Genuinely creepy, satirical and occasionally daft horror tales with a distinctly moral bent.

July 16, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

George Romero, collaborating with writer Stephen King, again proves his adeptness at combining thrills with tongue-in-cheek humor.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

This five-part film, based on the format of 50s horror comics, marks one of the few times George Romero has directed someone else's script (it's by Stephen King), and the results are only mildly interesting by the standards of his Dead trilogy.

April 18, 2007

he old Amicus movies used EC originals to better effect and with more brevity, for all their cardboard sets.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Romero and King have approached this movie with humor and affection, as well as with an appreciation of the macabre.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Creepshow

Classic franchise written by Stephen King and directed by 'zombie' Romero, starring an all star old school line up including the legendary Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Ed Harris, Don Keefer and Stephen King himself...some greats in there folks. The stories are basic but this may be down to the fact the franchise is based on the old 50/60's E.C. Comics. Like the world class 'Twilight Zone' 'Tales from the Darkside' and 'Tales from the Crypt' Creepshow is an anthology of horror tales that aren't exactly 18 rated horror but just kooky fun that would fit your Halloween party perfectly. The stories vary from quite good to rather average to be honest with minimal gore. The film is comicbook style with some lovely animations of 'The Creep' a hooded skeletal zombie who spins the tales with his nice cackling laugh. The stories also have a lot of toon imagery throughout which are suppose to give the impression of boarders within a comicbook, nice but not needed for me. The whole film is also bookended by a short tale like all these anthology films. As for the actual tales they are a mixed bag to be honest, the first being a zombie returning from the grave to get his birthday cake he never received, this has Ed Harris (with hair!) and is reasonable but nothing too special. Second stars King as a dumb farmer who foolishly touches a meteorite that lands in his crops and slowly becomes infected and overgrown with a mysterious space fungus or plant life. This story is better and more original than the basic zombie story and shows King in a really goofy role for some reason. Third story involves Nielsen as a rich jealous man who sets up a nasty fate for his unfaithful wife and her lover Ted Danson. Probably the nastiest short in the film with a horrible way to die but the fact Nielsen is the bad guy makes it hard to take seriously, half expecting George Kennedy to pop up at any moment. Third story stars Holbrook and is a good simple creature tale as a crate containing a large furry razor teethed monster eats people who dare go to close to the crate. Lots of blood and some good fun 'Critter' type eatin in this one Last story isn't too good in my opinion as a hypochondriac businessman lives in a hermetically sealed apartment terrified of bugs and germs, a story derived possibly from Howard Hughes and not very original with a predictable ending. Overall the stories could of been better but they do have charm and are still enjoyable.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Richard Vickers: Wentworth! I suggest you get out of here! May I remind you, dear boy, I have the gun!  "Five Jolting Tales of Horror" Creepshow is a pretty good horror anthology. I still didn't like it that much, but it is one of the better efforts in the genre that I have seen. I liked two out of the five of stories, but the style of the whole film made up for the ones I didn't like. Also it had some great actors like Ed Harris, Leslie Nielsen and Hal Holbrook, which made it fun to watch, even when it shouldn't have been. The first story is called "Fathers Day." I found this part to be bad, but watchable. That's a lot more then I can say for the second part, "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill." This segment is pretty much unwatchable. It had the stupidest story, not to mention Stephen King acting. I like the guy; I love his books, but Jesus, he is not an actor. The third is by far the best. It is called "Something to Tide You Over." If features Leslie Nielsen and Ted Danson. The fourth is my second favorite and the only other one I really liked. It is called "The Crate" and it probably has the most interesting sequences, even though the monster looks horrible. The fifth was another bad one; "Something's Creeping Up On You." This is probably the second worst, but not so bad you won't watch the last ten minutes. Had the second part been the fifth; I would have turned it off 5 minutes in.  I wanted to like this much more then I did. It's directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. I love them both, but this wasn't their best work. Still, it's much more ambitious and well made then most of the crap that fills up the horror anthology genre. 

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

My favourite horror anthology by far, a movie format I've never really taken to, but this series of five shorts are very fun and enjoyable and I loved the comic-book style editing. Each segment is quite varied from the next and consist of zombies, infectious meteors, arctic beasts and bothersome cockroaches. It's one of the stand-out horrors of the 80s and with talent like George Romero, Stephen King and Tom Savini involved you'd expect something special.

Lee ?
Lee ?

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