Film Review: Creepshow (1982)

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George Romero directs an anthology from Stephen King in this homage to the colorful EC horror comics of the 1950’s. In “Father’s Day”, a deceased patriarch comes back to life to torment his heirs. Then Stephen King steps in front of the camera, playing a goofy hillbilly who discovers a deadly meteor in “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verill”. Leslie Nielson takes vengeance on Ted Danson in “Something to Tide You Over”, while beleaguered Hal Holbrook offers his nagging wife (Adrienne Barbeau) to the monster in “The Crate”. Finally, E.G. Marshall stars as an insect-phobe tormented by cockroaches in “They’re Creeping Up On You!”.

The last two tales are my favorites, thanks largely to the performances of Barbeau and Marshall, but there really isn’t a bad segment in the lot. Romero incorporates stark, colored lighting schemes, extreme angles, and even illustrated backgrounds to evoke the film’s comic book roots — it all works like a charm. Everything is tied together with a bookend story about a young boy who gets even with dear old dad for throwing his comic books away.

As far as horror anthologies go, this is still the one to beat.

Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆ 

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Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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