Creepshow (1982)

Creepshow (1982) — I try not to go into movies with any preconceived notions about whether or not I’m going to like it or not, but I’m only human. A movie written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero that pays loving homage to the EC horror comics of the 1950s (like Tales From the Crypt or Vault of Horror)… well there’s pretty much no way in hell I’m going to hate it. The opening of the movie starring Joey King (Steve’s son, now an author under the name Joe Hill) and Tom Atkins set the over-the-top tone for what follows. Romero uses animated sequences to replicate the feel of an old-timey comic book. The “Creep” doesn’t talk like the Crypt-Keeper though, which I thought could have helped the movies alternating-horror-and-comedy tone a bit, but whatever. The segments in this movie were pretty great, even if they weren’t terribly clever. (Spoilers follow, but the “twists” aren’t really what make this movie so fun) “Father’s Day” and “Something to Tide You Over” and basically the same story of people who are murdered coming back for revenge (though “Something to Tide You Over” has the awesomeness that is Leslie Nielsen as a cold-blooded murderer! He kills Ted Danson and Gaylen Ross!) “The Crate” is a pretty great old-school horror story with Lovecraftian undertones. “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” contains perhaps the most horrifying thing in the movie: STEPHEN KING ACTING! He does such a cartoony over-the-top rednecky performance that you have to wonder if his awfulness is somewhat intentional. I can see why he usually sticks to cameos. “They’re Creeping Up On You” freaked me out, mostly because I’m pretty squeamish when it comes to bugs. Anyway Creepshow is old-school horror awesomeness, with effects by gore legend Tom Savini! This is a must for fans of the genre…

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