One of the most beloved horror anthologies from the 80s, Creepshow is a tour de force by three celebrated masters of the horror genre.
A collection of five horrible little tales spun by three horror genre masters.
Fathers’ Day: The corpse of Nathan Grantham returns to life to enact vengeance on his daughter. For a slight he cannot ignore even in death.
The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill: A dim-witted boor believes the meteorite that has fallen into his backyard is the solution to his debts. It is, but not in the way the poor fellow expects.
Something to Tide You Over: Richard Vickers murders his wife and her lover in the most wicked way imaginable. Naturally, such a man deserves a fate as cruel as his own executions.
The Crate: What do you with a crate housing a horrific, man-eating monster? You ask your loving wife to open it, of course!
They’re Creeping Up on You: Ruthless businessman Upson Pratt faces with his worst nightmare. A blackout is heading his way and very soon, his hermetically sealed apartment would be utterly vulnerable to the horrors of the world.
I first watched Creepshow on late-night TV in 1991, on a school night, and my takeaway was: OMG, I feel so much better about the world already!
Yes. This is horror storytelling of the nasty getting what they deserve, at its best. It gleefully tickles our innate craving for elaborate revenge schemes and the likes of. You’d surely feel much better about our horrible world after watching too.
Hey, the next day, you might even be down with a heady hangover from guilty indulgence!
As for favourite segment, mine’s No. 4 i.e. The Crate. I choose this over Father’s Day, a straightforward tale written by Stephen King for the movie, and The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill, in which King himself delivers an unforgettable portrayal of a hillbilly, because The Crate best encapsulates the talents of the three big names behind this anthology.
In this gruesome little tale, Romero’s signature satirical touch is unmistakable. Gleefully brought to horrific life too by King’s delightful plotting and Savini’s playful effects.
The two questions you’d be asking after watching The Crate are, do you wanna a crate? Or are you a crate to someone else? Disturbing questions, yes? But be assured that you wouldn’t be losing any sleep over them. You would actually fall asleep while grinning. The story was told to you in such a wickedly fun way.
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