Movie: "Creepshow"
Year: 1982
Rated: R
Genre: Horror
Directed by: George A. Romero
Writing credits: Stephen King

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 10/6/2008

Plot: A collection of creepy tales from two of the most prominent figures in horror history.

Review: Ah Creepshow... who in their right mind doesn't love this classic horror anthology flick? The film contains five stories based on the classic horror comics of the 1950s and it's a collaboration between Stephen King and George Romero. There's honestly not much more a horror fan could ask for in a film.

The first tale is called "Father's Day" and features one of my favorite zombies in cinematic history. Why? Because he's the only zombie in history to come back from the grave because he simply wanted his Father's Day cake. He also has an incredible voice... you won't find many zombies that can speak as well as this guy.

Next is a crowd favorite, "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill", which actually stars Stephen King as a bumbling hick who finds a meteorite. But when he touches it, he notices that it has infected him with some kind of strange plant virus. Oh Jordy, you lunkhead!

"Something to Tide You Over" story features Ted Danson and Leslie Nielsen. I know having the guy who starred in the Naked Gun films in a horror movie doesn't sound all that scary, but trust me, it's a great lil' horror tale about revenge and zombies from the sea.

Next up, we have "The Crate" which is probably my least favorite of the stories. There is a monster stored away in a mysterious crate, and when it's unleashed it starts killin' people. There are some good monster kills 'n all, don't get me wrong, the story just drags a little bit too much for my liking.

Last but not least, we have "They're Creeping Up On You", features a rich old guy who treats everybody like dirt. He also happens to hate bugs. Well, some bugs are about to teach him a lesson in manners.

All in all, it's one hell of a fun collection of little horror tales. Great casting, extremely cool voices, and fantastic lighting all make this movie a nearly perfect translation of something you'd see in an old horror comic. Be sure to check it out this Halloween season if you haven't already seen it before. The sequel is a lot of fun too, just stay the hell away from part 3 since it's pure dreck made to cash in on the classic Creepshow name.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Last of the Time Lords
Oct 6th, 2008, 06:49 AM
This movie is an unappreciated classic! The guy who drowns in roaches is the all time most disgusting thing I've ever seen in a movie. And seeing Stephen King act like a redneck is freaking hilarious.
Oct 6th, 2008, 07:29 AM
I think i was on the 3rd grade when i watched this with my dad, i didnīt think the crate story was bad because the monster was scary as shit. Too bad the sequel has less stories than this.
The dad who threw the kids comics away was such an asshole too.
1.21 Gigawatts!!!
Oct 6th, 2008, 08:58 AM
Can't touch this
Oct 6th, 2008, 02:11 PM
One of my friends is absolutely terrified of cockroaches, and we watched this movie at a little Halloween bash a few years ago. When we got to the old man and the roaches...she nearly vomited.
Forum Virgin
Oct 6th, 2008, 03:11 PM
Was there a part 2 where some kids were messing around on a floating platform and this sludge monster surrounds them and gobbles them up? Or am I in the Matrix?
Oct 6th, 2008, 03:57 PM
I didn't care that the sequel only had three horror shorts.
Oct 6th, 2008, 04:21 PM
Yes in the 2nd one there was an oil monster in the lake that ate all the kids. Probably one of the most painful scenes i have seen.
Pickled Patriarch
Oct 6th, 2008, 07:39 PM
The scene you're referring to is from Creepshow 2 is this one:

That's gotta sting!
Funky Dynamite
Oct 6th, 2008, 07:39 PM
Ah, beaten by mere seconds!
Forum Virgin
Oct 6th, 2008, 08:07 PM
I'm surprised that you didn't mention the female lead in "Something to Tide You Over" was played by Gaylen Ross, from the original Dawn of the Dead!
Crazed Techno-Biologist
Oct 6th, 2008, 10:45 PM
I saw this before, and I say that leslie Nielson was pretty damn cool in this one. I'd have done the same, he thought it all out and everything, it was fantastic.
Fake Shemp
Oct 6th, 2008, 11:23 PM
Ain't life grand Mizz D?
Space Cowboy
Oct 7th, 2008, 12:59 AM
Ah, "They're Creeping Up On You." More "racism is bad" from George Romero.
Freak Power
Oct 7th, 2008, 12:30 PM
I'd say Creepshow was one of the best for an early 80's flick but there was another one I liked called "Cat's Eye" with Drew Barrymore in it (in lil girl mode) and it's got some good 'twisted' mindbending vignettes as well, much like the Creepshow saga... follows the story of a cat roaming around... ever heard of it RoG?
Pickled Patriarch
Oct 7th, 2008, 01:21 PM
Have I heard of it? I own it! I love the story starring James Woods about the company that helps people to quit smoking. Can't go wrong with the cat fighting the soul-stealing troll either. I'll never forget this simple life lesson: Fan Blade > Troll.

Stephen King wrote Cat's Eye too btw.
#1 on the ignore list
Oct 7th, 2008, 02:26 PM
Holy shit, I thought I dreamt the cat versus monster story... I gotta check that one out.

And I never looked a Nielson the same way after this movie.
Oct 8th, 2008, 04:57 AM
There was a older set of short stories about cats taht scared the crap out of my friend when he was a kid so much he claims he didn't sleep alone for weeks. It had the guy from the Death Star (ashamed I can't remember his name) but he was in heaps of hammer films. Or it may have been Vincent Price himself that linked the stories - not sure. Anyway cats featured in all the stories and it was all pretty freaky...No I couldn't be vaguer ;-)
Oct 8th, 2008, 04:58 AM
Forum Virgin
Oct 8th, 2008, 03:56 PM
"Creepshow" was a classic of the horror genre although the comic adaptation was creepier.
Leo Getz
Oct 8th, 2008, 07:02 PM
Thanks for the ride, lady!
Oct 10th, 2008, 12:46 AM
The Crate was actually my favorite story from the series. I guess I am just a sucker for monsters. Have you seen the bastardization known as Creepshow III yet?
Forum Virgin
Oct 13th, 2008, 11:39 PM
I had the pleasure of viewing this film in the presence of George Romero himself a couple years ago, and I learned a couple interesting from him:

Leslie Nielsen's maniacal laugh has a funny story behind it. Leslie would carry a fart machine around on set, and activated it every time he needed to do his evil laugh.

Also, it's illegal to just go out and catch a bunch of cockroaches and use them in your film, apparently, so they got the cockroaches from a cave in a different country. The cave was so full of cockroaches that they just dug a hole and waited a brief amount of time for the hole to fill up with thousands of them.