Creepshow (1982)

Creepshow (1982)

“It’s showtime!”

Synopsis:
A young boy (Joe King) whose unreasonable father (Tom Atkins) throws away his Creepshow comic book finds a creative way to get back at him — but first we see a series of horror vignettes about an abusive patriarch (Jon Lormer) returning from the dead on Father’s Day to seek retribution on his murderous daughter (Viveca Lindfors) and other family members; a backwoods yokel (Stephen King) hoping to earn money from a fallen meteor, which instead turns him into a plant-like organism; a millionaire (Leslie Nielson) wreaking gruesome revenge on his wife (Gaylen Ross) and her lover (Ted Danson) before being turned on himself; a henpecked professor (Hal Holbrook) who discovers an unusual way to take care of his shrewish wife (Adrienne Barbeau); and a ruthless business mogul (E.G. Marshall) whose pathological fear of insects literally consumes him.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Episodic Films
  • George Romero Films
  • Horror Films
  • Revenge
  • Stephen King Adaptations

Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary writes that “George Romero and Stephen King collaborated in this homage to… sexy and nightmarish pre-Code horror comics of the early fifties” (such as those produced by EC Comics). He argues that the film is “overlong” — with none of the five “King-written episodes” “exceptional” and none “dreadful” — but all “laced with devilish tongue-in-cheek humor, and four of the five deal[ing] with cruel people getting their horrific just deserts.” He adds that the “production design by Cletus Anderson and the comic-book-like illustrations that bridge the episodes by former comic-book artist Jack Kamen give the film its Tales From the Crypt flavor.” I’m essentially in agreement with Peary’s assessment; while I’m sure fans of these comics will revel in this homage, I simply found it diverting and nicely produced. My favorite episode is “Something to Tide You Over”, which shows the extreme lengths to which a cuckolded (and psychotic) husband will go.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Some truly creepy moments
  • Creative production design and cinematography

Must See?
No, though Stephen King fans will of course want to check it out.

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One thought on “Creepshow (1982)

  1. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    A very fine horror portmanteau with all of the tales being funny and scary. My favourite being the one about the rube (a funny Stephen King) turning into a plant due to a meteor landing on his property. All are great fun though with most favouring the one with the monster in the crate.

    Great film, but not essential viewing for FFs.

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