Director: George Romero
Written by: Stephen King
Weapon of Choice: Headstone/Shotgun/Water/Teeth/Insects/Voodoo
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Rish Outfield's reviews
As a kid, this was always one of my favourite horror movies. I thrilled to the comic book adaptation back in '82, and when I first saw the movie on video, I ate it up. The other day, I watched it as an adult, with tyranist at my side. The twelve-year-old in me rejoiced! After all, it had everything a kid could love--mildly scary, but very gory stories, and cool, oozy make-up effects, and a plot any kid could follow. The adult in me sat back, smiling, shaking his head from time to time, and tried to keep tyranist awake. The movie was just a hair over two hours long, and the pacing on two of the middle stories seemed unnecessarily slow (on some international and television versions, one of the five stories is deleted, possibly for that very reason).
Still, I hold such fond childhood memories for this flick, I could never criticize it, let alone dislike it. The head getting turned all the way around! Ted Danson! The creep at the window! Jordy Verrill exclaiming, "Meteor shit!" Ed Harris! Great tacky 80's fashion! "Just tell it to call you Billie!" Leslie Nielsen! The whole comic book atmosphere and editing! And oh, the cockroaches...the cockroaches. I still love this movie. Director George Romero and writer Stephen King must have had more fun than a ten year old with dolls and firecrackers, and it shows. I'm proud to have Creepshow in my family horror film collection.
Best Scare: There are a few, but nothing can top the zillions of skittering cockroaches (shudder).
I'd Recommend It To: The kid lurking deep inside.
The tyranist's thoughts
This is the first horror film that Rish and I have watched together in a while since we now live a thousand miles apart. Why this one? Perhaps because it is one that Rish loves so much and we knew that it would at least be a very good time. Unfortunately, I was very tired when we started the movie and I had a difficult time staying with it in some of the slower parts. Hopefully I didn't miss anything that will make me look abysmally stupid.
Yet another anthology piece (I have to ask myself who thought Trilogy of Terror was so good that they made thousands of these) with at least the bonus that it is Stephen King and George Romero. The comic book layout is fun and makes a great transition piece. It also firmly grounds the stories in the pulp fiction days of yore, which is great if you ask me. I missed growing up in the years when you could buy stuff like this off of the newstand cheap. Oh well.
The stories themselves are all pretty fun and some of them are really creepy. The very middle story ("The Tide") seemed very uneccessarily long to me. In fact, it is the only one that I am sure that I fell asleep during. The fourth story ("The Crate") had a similar problem, but I think that was because I had seen the trailer and so knew what was going to happen. They took forever to get there. The other stories were pretty well told and well worth checking out. Someday we will have to put together a comprehensive list of anthology pieces and the stories that adapt for you. Until then, know that you can pretty much bet on King and Romero to deliver.
Total Skulls: 14
|Rips off earlier film|
|Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie|
|Future celebrity appears||Ted Danson|
|Former celebrity appears|
|Girl unnecessarily gets naked|
|Death associated with sex|
|Unfulfilled promise of nudity|
|Characters forget about threat|
|Power is cut|
|Phone lines are cut|
|Someone investigates a strange noise|
|Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door|
|Camera is the killer|
|Victims cower in front of a window/door|
|Victim locks self in with killer|
|Victim running from killer inexplicably falls|
|Toilet stall scene|
|Car stalls or won't start|
|Cat jumps out|
|Stupid discovery of corpse|
|No one believes only witness|
|Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth|
|Music detracts from scene|
|Death in first five minutes|
|What the hell?|
|x years ago . . .|
|Dark and stormy night|
|Killer doesn't stay dead|
|Killer wears a mask|
|Killer is in closet|
|Killer is in car with victim|
|Villain is more sympathetic than heroes|
|Blood hits camera|
|Poor death effect|
|No one dies at all|
|Little kid lamely survives|
|Dog/Pet miraculously survives|
|"It was all a dream" ending|
|Unbelievably happy ending|
|Unbelievably crappy ending|