Stephen King and George A. Romero pay tribute to EC Comics.
Oct 17, 2009
Creepshow is a horror fan's dream come true. Two of the masters in their respective fields joining forces to collaborate on a movie. Several tales filmed in an anthology style based upon the E.C. Comics that the two enjoyed reading in their youths. With Stephen King writing and George A. Romero directing plus Tom Savini creating the gory special effects how can you go wrong? You just can't and the aforementioned duo delivers the goods.
The story begins as a young kid is being punished by his overbearing and brutish father for reading "trashy filth" and is punished. During the night the tossed out comic book comes to life and plays out all the stories (in comic book form) with the "Creepshow Ghoul' leading the way. Dark comedy has never been funnier. Father's Day ( a ghoul comes back to get revenge), Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill (a country farmer finds a meteor and dreams about the good luck it will bring), The Crate (a mysterious box from the Antarctic has a shocking surprise inside), Something to Tide You Over (a man punishes his unfaithful wife and lover) and They're Creeping Up on You ( a rich neat freak has a lot of unwelcome visitors).
All the stories are excellent, well written and directed. The set pieces are very well designed and are brilliantly executed. You have to love the primary color lighting schemes. The cast is a mixture of new actors and classic ones. George A. Romero stated that he finally got to work with Fritz Weaver and Hal Holbrook and E.G. Marshall. Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, Ted Danson and Ed Harris co-star as well. A couple of Romero regulars such as his wife Christine, Tom Savini, John Amplas, Gaylen Ross and who can forget Stephen King as Jordy Verill.
Creepshow is a true modern day horror classic. I have enjoyed this as a child and I still consider this movie one of my favorite horror films. Sadly the two could never capture the magic they once had. Maybe they'll work together directly in the near future. This movie was near flawless in design. They set out to recapture the old E.C. Comics aura and they succeeded. Followed by a mediocre sequel.
***1/2 out of **** In 1982, two of horror's greatest living legends, author Stephen King and director George Romero ("Night of the Living Dead", "Martin"), combined their twisted imaginations for one hell of a chill-filled ride, and it was called "Creepshow". Released to mixed reviews but met with an army of faithful admirers later on in its existence, it's also a geek show; a cult flick that deserves the audience that it enjoyed back in the day and still enjoys in this day … more