In this collaboration with Stephen King, director George Romero assembles a distinguished cast and pays vividly hued homage to the E.C. horror comics of the 1950s. (This film appeared years before the TALES FROM THE CRYPT series.) Five creepy tales are strung together by a framing story involving a young boy being punished by his father for reading the gruesome, titular comic book. "Father's Day" tells the tale of a family patriarch exacting beyond-the-grave revenge on the daughter who murdered him. In "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," a Maine hayseed (King himself in a ridiculously over-the-top performance) is overtaken by a meteor-based plant growth. A cuckolded husband exacts watery revenge on his cheating wife and her lover in "Something to Tide You Over." A hairy beast in a box is used for nefarious purposes at a university in "The Crate." Finally, in "They're Creeping Up on You," a wealthy, arrogant New Yorker with a fear of germs has a disturbing run-in with cockroaches during a blackout.
While the stories are a bit brief, the style is appropriate for the anthology format. Romero's use of garish colors to mimic the ink in comic books is visually appealing, preventing the gore on display from being too off-putting. Featuring early appearances by actors such as Ed Harris and Ted Danson, CREEPSHOW is eerie, engaging entertainment.
George A. Romero - American Horror Director, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
George Romero - American Horror Director, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
Stephen King - Best-selling horror novelist, THE STAND miniseries (1994)
Richard Bachman - Best-selling horror novelist, THE STAND miniseries (1994)
Adrienne Barbeau - American actress, MAUDE, THE FOG
Gaylen Ross - Actress/"Dawn Of Dead"
E.G. Marshall - TV and Film Star, played the President in SUPERMAN 2
Everett G. Marshall - TV and Film Star, played the President in SUPERMAN 2
Fritz Weaver - American Actor, HOLOCAUST
Leslie Nielsen - Actor, AIRPLANE!
Hal Holbrook - American actor, MARK TWAIN TONIGHT/ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN
Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr. - American actor, MARK TWAIN TONIGHT/ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN
Ed Harris - American Actor/Director
Viveca Lindfors - Swedish Actress/In USA
Ted Danson - American Actor
CREEPSHOW presents five tales of horror, gore, and morbid humor, written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero. The film's style is a tribute to E.C. Comics, the campy horror comic books of the 1950s. Beware of (or watch for) a scene featuring hundreds of cockroaches...
Theatrical release: October 31, 1982. An E.C.-style comic book adaptation of the film, drawn by artist Berni Wrightson (SWAMP THING) was released to coincide with the film. The "Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" story bears a close resemblance to the H.P. Lovecraft tale, "The Colour Out of Space," which was adapted into the 1987 film THE CURSE. Ed Harris appeared in director George Romero's KNIGHTRIDERS in the previous year. Joe King, who plays the young boy in the framing story, is the son of screenwriter Stephen King. An ashtray in the film turns up in all five stories. CREEPSHOW was followed by a sequel in 1987.
"...The film is top of its class....CREEPSHOW feels like a real labor of love and Romero produces more genuine startling effects than anyone in recent years..." - 05/26/1982 Variety
"...The best things about CREEPSHOW are its carefully simulated comic-book tackiness and the gusto with which good actors assume silly positions..." - 11/10/1982 New York Times, p.C23