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This horror omnibus tickles the funny bone while stripping it of its flesh, so that hysterical laughter comes as fast as the frights and as thick as the blood.
A wickedly funny horror anthology. Creepshow is a devilish delight, and the most entertaining film George Romero ever directed.
This five-part film, based on the format of 50s horror comics, marks one of the few times George Romero has directed someone else's script (it's by Stephen King), and the results are only mildly interesting by the standards of his Dead trilogy.
All of the pieces of Creepshow come together in a smorgasbord of ghastly images, welcome humor, and solid, old-fashioned storytelling.
Genuinely creepy, satirical and occasionally daft horror tales with a distinctly moral bent.
The segments are consistent in quality and the film is still effective and entertaining.
Romero and King have approached this movie with humor and affection, as well as with an appreciation of the macabre.
George Romero, collaborating with writer Stephen King, again proves his adeptness at combining thrills with tongue-in-cheek humor.
Horror film purists may object to the levity even though failed, as a lot of it is.
Classic short horror stories from Stephen King and George A.Romero!
After seeing Creepshow for the first time in many years, I almost forgot how good it is. George Romero's direction exaggerated with saturated color and faithfulness to horror comics is like a Mario Bava movie with ads for X-ray glasses. The performances are fun and the stories are enjoyable as the whole thing borders on camp.
Creepshow isnt exactly a Horror Movie. I had a feeling it was a spoof.
Just one of the most amazing ideas for a horror movie. It has such a great style and crooked sense of humor, but it is also pretty spooky. There was a great selection of actors in this, much of them doing something different than you'd expect. It's a perfect set of halloween stories. What really seemed to work was the collection of stories. Very rarely can a movie get away with showing five 20 minute segments and still seem to flow. It keeps your interest every bit of the way.
Professor Dexter Stanley: Two people are dead, and I could be blamed. I know that's a terrible consideration to have at a time like this, but - Henry hands him a drink and he swallows it one gulp] Henry Northrup: Last time I saw someone do that was in the movies! Professor Dexter Stanley: It could mean my ass, Henry, it wasn't me! It was that - that thing in the crate! And I don't even know what it was! Zombie godfather George A. Romero and Stephen King combine to make a solid horror anthology. Five stories, a prologue, and an epilogue, encompass the two hours of fun present in this feature. Made in the style of a comic book, with an ensemble cast, quality scares, and a lot of comedy as well, this fright flick works. Following the prologue, the first short deals with a demented old man returning from the grave to get the Father's Day cake his murdering daughter never gave him. The second is about a not-too-bright farmer, played by King himself, discovering a meteor that turns everything into plant-life. The third is about a vengeful husband, played by Leslie Nielsen, burying his wife and her lover up to their necks on the beach. The fourth is about a creature that resides in a crate under the steps of a college. The final story is about an ultra-rich businessman who gets his comeuppance from cockroaches. Doctor: This is going to be extremely painful, Mr. Verrill! Written by Stephen King, each story is a lot of fun. The second, to me, is the funniest, the third is perhaps my favorite, the fourth is a bit long, and the final short is a little strange. What I was most impressed with, was Romero's direction. Clearly setting out to emulate the feeling of old pulp horror comics, the film literally immerses itself in a comic book atmosphere, using hand drawn panels as scene transitions, lots of dutch angles, among other camera tricks to portray its sense of style, and heavy use of primary colors throughout. Add to this the special gore effects by Tom Savini and a more than game ensemble cast, Romero gets exactly the kind of tone necessary for a collection of films like this. With five stories, the film is a bit long, but its certainly intent on supplying entertainment and certainly for a large crowd. It also helps that the scares set up in this flick still work. Jumps aren't overemphasized, but placed in at appropriate moments as well as coming after well built tension. Very enjoyable fright film. Henry: I drove out there with the remains of three human beings... well, two human beings and Wilma.
Sometimes bizarre but always very camp, it?s a horror/comedy classic. Highlights are The Bugs, Leslie Nielsen burying Ted Danson in sand, Tom Savani's cameo and Ed Harris dancing.
Episodic horror-fest in comic book form. Good, clean, creepy fun!
Brilliant. Simply brilliant. This is the movie that made me get into horror films. My mother rented this for me when I was 5 years old. Judging by the cover alone she thought it was just another cartoon, lol. She knew I was into dark fairy tales(strange being that I was only five, but I guess I was naturally born with the appreciation of horror), so the cover of the skeleton on the front didn't make her question anything out of the ordinary. Thanks Mom! lol This movie is both scary and funny at the same time. Let me rephrase that...this movie is hilarious. This is one of my favorite horror films and I owe it all to Creepshow. Stephen King's Creepshow is a 1982 anthology horror movie with 5 stories directed by George A. Romero (of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead fame), and written by Stephen King. #1 Father's Day - Years ago, Nathan Grantham was killed on Father's day when his daughter Bedelia bashed him in the head with a marble ashtray as he screamed for his cake. Seven years later, as his relatives get together for their annual dinner on Father's day, Nathan Grantham comes back from the dead and returns the favor in a quest for his beloved cake, and is killing off his relatives one by one. Father's Day is the creepiest one of the bunch. Truly horrifying. (Ed Harris dancing is horrifying as well, lol.) Memorable quotes from Father's Day: "Where's my cake, Bedelia? Where's my Father's Day cake? I want my cake you dirty bitch! I'm going to have it!" - Nathan Grantham "Mrs. Danvers..." - Aunt Bedelia "It's Father's Day, and I got my cake." - Nathan Grantham #2 The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill -A dimwitted backwoods hick thinks a newly-discovered meteorite will provide enough money to pay off the arrears $200 as his bank loan. Instead, he finds himself being overcome by a rapidly spreading plant-like organism that comes off the meteorite. Stephen King himself plays the doomed protagonist in this darkly humorous story. The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill is one of the funniest of the bunch. A silly and gross out laugh riot. Memorable quotes from The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill: "Meteor shit!" - Jordy "This is going to be extremely painful Mr. Verrill" - The doctor "Please God...let my luck be good just this once." - Jordy # 3 Something to Tide You Over - A cold-blooded Leslie Nielsen stages a terrible doom for his unfaithful wife, Becky and her lover, Harry Wentworth (Ted Danson) by burying them up to their necks on the beach, below the high tide line. But the tide sometimes secure a power of reviving things back. Something to Tide You Over is another creepy one of the bunch(especially the scene with the evil laughter on the beach). This one is my least favorite but it's still fun and entertaining as hell. Memorable quotes from Something to Tide You Over: "Wentworth! I suggest you get out of here! May I remind you, dear boy, I have the gun!" - Richard Vickers "You can't shoot us dead, Richard...? "...because we're already dead!" - Harry and Becky "Oh I can hold my breath for a long, long time!" - Richard Vickers # 4 The Crate - A mysterious, extremely lethal creature is unwittingly ransomed from its crate in this suspenseful and gory monster story. Hal Holbrook stars as college professor Henry Northrup, who sees the creature as a way to get rid himself of his emotionally abusive wife, Wilma, played by Adrienne Barbeau. The Crate is by far my favorite story in Creepshow! Pretty creepy and bloody as hell...oh yeah, and how can I forget. It's hilarious too! Memorable quotes from The Crate: "No, I don't think you'll expect this Wilma. No, this is going to be an entirely new experience!" - Henry Northrup "Oh, Henry, you are such a little kid! I swear to God you are! I mean were would you be without me to take care of you?" - Wilma Northrup "Just tell it to call you Billy." - Henry Northrup # 5 They're Creeping Up On You! - A cruel, miserly and ruthless businessman, Upson Pratt (played by screen legend E. G. Marshall), is disgusted by germs and insects, but finds himself helpless to stop them when Mr. White, his put-upon employee, allows his apartment to be overrun by endless hordes of cockroaches. His hatred of cockroaches was seen by some as a metaphor for prejudice. They're Creeping Up On You is the grossest and nastiest story in Creepshow. This one will give you the chills. Totally disgusting. I hate bugs! lol Memorable quotes from They're Creeping Up On You: "Do it first...do it now!" - Upson Pratt "I hope you die!" - Lenora Castonmeyer "I don't give a fuck if you decided to take the kids to Attica this year. There are still roaches in this place, Reynolds. I killed one not five minutes ago." - Upson Pratt Creepshow is a crazy ass, scary and funny horror film. I highly Recommend this if you haven't seen it yet! Other Reviews: "Romero and King have approached this movie with humor and affection, as well as with an appreciation of the macabre." - Roger Ebert "Colorful, amusing, and awfully simple - just like a comic book. 80s answer to Tales from the crypt, and one of George Romero's most lighthearted productions." - Slasherpool "If you're a fan of Stephen King and/or horror movies, I hope you're reading this out of curiosity only, because you certainly should have seen this one by now. A darn good horror anthology, which is pretty darn rare." - eFilmCritic "Creepshow has a very specific goal - to capture the garish, gruesome atmosphere of an old-time horror comic. In this it succeeds for the most part. It's really a fun little film to pop in the DVD player and let spin." - Classic-Horror "Creepshow has a little something for every horror fan and things for those who care nothing for the genre." - Toxic Shock TV "Creepshow will go down as one of the best horror anthology films of all time." - Best-Horror-Movies "Creepshow will tickle and scare the heart of any moviegoer who yearns to see a film that includes killer cockroaches and Ted Danson buried up to his neck in sand. Creepshow works wonders as a horror film, for it does what all great movies should do: it leaves indelible images imprinted on your mind." - DVD Verdict
this movie is old school. some of the skits i hardly remember while some i remember all too well. overall this movie probably wouldnt hold up, but back in the day i loved watching this movie as a kid. the ted danson skit i particularly remember. this movie will always leave you thinking, what a sucky way to die.
I know most prefer him in Airplane! and/or The Naked Gun but I will always remember Leslie Nielsen for this movie. And Prom Night. And Forbidden Planet. But especially Creepshow. RIP Leslie. "I can hold my breath for a looooong time!"
Classic franchise written by Stephen King and directed by 'zombie' Romero, starring an all star old school line up including the legendary Leslie Neilsen, Ted Danson, Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Ed Harris, Don Keefer and Stephen King himself....some greats in there folks. The stories are basic but this may be down to the fact the franchise is based on the old 50/60's E.C. Comics. Like the world class 'Twilight Zone' 'Tales from the Darkside' and 'Tales from the Crypt' Creepshow is an anthology of horror tales that aren't exactly 18 rated horror but just kooky fun that would fit your halloween party perfectly. The stories vary from quite good to rather average to be honest with minimal gore. The film is comicbook style with some lovely animations of 'the Creep' a hooded skeletal zombie who spins the tales with his nice cackling laugh hehe the stories also have allot of 'toon' imagery throughout which are suppose to give the impression of boarders within a comicbook, nice but not needed for me. The whole film is also bookended by a short tale like all these anthology films. As for the actual tales they are a mixed bag to be honest, the first being a zombie returning from the grave to get his birthday cake he never received, this has Ed Harris (with hair!) and is reasonable but nothing too special. Second stars King as a dumb farmer who foolishly touches a meteorite that lands in his crops and slowly becomes infected and overgrown with a mysterious space fungus or plant life. This story is better and more original than the basic zombie story and shows King in a really goofy role for some reason. Third story involves Neilsen as a rich jealous man who sets up a nasty fate for his unfaithful wife and her lover Ted Danson. Probably the nastiest short in the film with a horrible way to die but the fact Neilsen is the bad guy makes it hard to take seriously haha expecting George Kennedy to pop up at any moment hehe. Third story stars Holbrook and is a good simple creature tale as a crate containing a large furry razor teethed monster eats people who dare go to close to the crate. Lots of blood and some good fun 'Critter' type eatin in this one Last story isn't too good in my opinion as a hypochondriac businessman lives in a hermetically sealed apartment terrified of bugs and germs, a story derived possibly from Howard Hughes and not very original with a predictable ending. Overall the stories could of been better but they do have charm and are still enjoyable.
Richard Vickers: Wentworth! I suggest you get out of here! May I remind you, dear boy, I have the gun! "Five Jolting Tales of Horror" Creepshow is a pretty good horror anthology. I still didn't like it that much, but it is one of the better efforts in the genre that I have seen. I liked two out of the five of stories, but the style of the whole film made up for the ones I didn't like. Also it had some great actors like Ed Harris, Leslie Nielsen and Hal Holbrook, which made it fun to watch, even when it shouldn't have been. The first story is called "Fathers Day." I found this part to be bad, but watchable. That's a lot more then I can say for the second part, "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill." This segment is pretty much unwatchable. It had the stupidest story, not to mention Stephen King acting. I like the guy; I love his books, but Jesus, he is not an actor. The third is by far the best. It is called "Something to Tide You Over." If features Leslie Nielsen and Ted Danson. The fourth is my second favorite and the only other one I really liked. It is called "The Crate" and it probably has the most interesting sequences, even though the monster looks horrible. The fifth was another bad one; "Something's Creeping Up On You." This is probably the second worst, but not so bad you won't watch the last ten minutes. Had the second part been the fifth; I would have turned it off 5 minutes in. I wanted to like this much more then I did. It's directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. I love them both, but this wasn't their best work. Still, it's much more ambitious and well made then most of the crap that fills up the horror anthology genre.
My favourite horror anthology by far, a movie format I've never really taken to, but this series of five shorts are very fun and enjoyable and I loved the comic-book style editing. Each segment is quite varied from the next and consist of zombies, infectious meteors, arctic beasts and bothersome cockroaches. It's one of the stand-out horrors of the 80s and with talent like George Romero, Stephen King and Tom Savini involved you'd expect something special.
Creepshow has got to be one of the best, most original Horror anthologies ever made. Directed by Zombie pioneer George A Romero and written by Stephen King, these horror maestro's conjure up five awesome tales of horror. The thing that is obvious about Creepshow and is the thing that really stands out for me is the fact that its an homage to the old school comics of the 1950's. The film has that amusing B movie flair which is very enjoyable and original. Not only is this film entertaining and enjoyable, but the cast of terrifictalent makes this a truly unique film to watch. The cast do a fine job, and aside from his standard zombie masterworks, Romero has crafted a truly terrific film that is a must see for horror fans. Creepshow is almost as good as Romero's standard zombie films. The film combines old school horror with bits of humour. At times the film ventures into sci fi territory which adds something unique to the mix of original stories presented here. Tom Savini handles the special effects and he yet again delivers something effectively grisly. Creepshow is one awesome horror that will appeal to the King and Romero fans everywhere. The stories here are scary, often comical but never dull. This makes for very interesting and fun viewing on halloween. This film is only rivaled by Michael Dougherty's Trick 'r Treat.
Not only is this one of Romero's best films and certainly one fine set of Stephen King adaptations (rare things they are), it's one of the best horror anthology films ever made.
This is Stephen King and George Romero's homage to 1950's EC comics. With the exception of "Father's Day", which is embarrassing, there's nothing really bad here. There's nothing exceptionally good either. The more of these horror anthologies I watch, the more I appreciate the brilliance of the HBO "Tales from the Crypt" series. It's all in the execution. Avoid this, go straight for the series.
One obviously cool horror film. A set of scenes based on the best in creepy crawlies from the 50's, each scene is handcrafted to resemble its own film. The characters are pitious, the fear is all too real, and the direction and writing is kosher, with the team of George A. Romero and Stephen King. The only quelm I have is with that ridiculous 80's soundtrack, but that can't be helped. Highlights include an appearance by Stephen King himself, playing a farmer struck by an illness from a meteor, and one with E.G. Marshall as a germophobic racist whose eaten alive by cockroaches much like his fear of African Americans. Altogether a solid ensemble piece of horror that did have me jumping in my skin.
You know, I'm going to be honest, I'm not a big fan of horror movies. I get scared rather easily and I'm a little squeamish when it comes to gore. With this in mind, I ended up really liking Creepshow. The tagline declares "The Most Fun You'll Ever Have BEING SCARED!" This may be one of the few times in film history where the tagline is actually truth in advertising. There are moments in here you can see coming from a mile away, some of the music is cheesy, and some of the acting is a bit too over the top, but somehow, this movie actually works. The key here is that this movie never takes itself too seriously. Why did the grumpy father suddenly come back from the dead? Who cares! He just killed the cook! How could a monster in a crate from 1837 still be alive? Who cares! It just disemboweled that dude with glasses! I think you're getting my point. One of the components that makes this work is a very dark sense of humor. To say the least, there were a few moments where I just burst out laughing at some of the carnage. For example, when a man shoots his wife in the head, you would usually gasp. That is, until everyone who witnessed the killing starts clapping in a very courteous manner, but it turns out this was only the husband day dreaming anyway. Let me wrap this up, this, simply put, is a fun horror movie. It doesn't do anything ground breaking, but its so brilliantly bizarre and over the top that you can't wait to see what lies in the next dark corner. Some people might hate it (this movie is infamous for being hit or miss). Me personally? I loved it.
A fantastic horror anthology movie with stories from the best horror writers of the time. This is one of my favourite horror movies of the 80s, and I highly recommend it.
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