Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Episodic Films
- George Romero Films
- Horror Films
- 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
No, though Stephen King fans will of course want to check it out.