Pop Junk’s 31 Days of Halloween: #24 Creepshow
In 1982 and today if you heard that horror icons George Romero and Steven King were going to collaborate on a horror anthology you would have to agree it would be a must see, thus was the case with Creepshow. This movie not only plays homage to the horror comic books of the 50’s and 60s like Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror but it also celebrates a type of movie that never gets its just due in Hollywood which is the anthology movie. Movies like Creepshow and Twilight Zone the movie that had different film makers make short movies and put them together for 2 hours of entertainment is a great idea and done today with the right creative people I believe would generate a lot of buzz.
The movie gives us five different stories revolved around the pages of a comic book which a boy’s insensitive father has thrown in the garbage. The first story is called “Father’s Day,” which features a zombie patriarch returning to claim his Father’s Day cake. “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” stars Steven King himself as a moronic hick who discovers a radioactive metorite that turns him into some type of walking plant. “Something to Tide You Over” presents a deadly-serious Leslie Nielsen as a vindictive husband bent on extracting an elborate revenge against his wife and her lover. “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. Each chapter is creativly different from one another but all equally creepy.
The stories really pray on phobias where you’ve got people sticking their hands into a packing crate and suddenly feeling teeth bite down? Or being buried up to your neck on the beach waiting to drown from the incomming tide, bring trapped in an old grave, with the tombstone toppling down on top of you? Or having green stuff grow all over you? Or how about being smothered by cockroaches? Tom Savini has his creative special effects style all over this film as it still holds up pretty well although sometimes it’s corny but has a classic horror feel that has a bit of a charm to it.
I re watched this recently on Netflix and was really bite by the nostaglia bug remembering how much this movie scared me as a kid. Sometimes a bit goofy by today’s standards but otherwise Creepshow is just a fun classic horror flick from the 80’s that is worth checking out.