As I was visiting the Living Dead Museum in Pittsburgh, PA last weekend, I was curious if we ever reviewed the 1982 Creepshow movie. Turns out we have not. Time to rectify that.
The horror anthology movie consisted of 5 different tales, with a wrap-around segment. You have “Father’s Day”, which is about a man willing to come beyond the grave to get his cake. “The Lonesome Death of Jody Verrill” that is about a man, played by Stephen King, that discovers a fallen meteorite with deadly results. “Something To Tide You Over” features Leslie Nielson in a serious role as he confronts the man his wife is having an affair with. “The Crate” is about a man that discovers a crate that holds a deadly secret. The last story is “They’re Creeping Up On You” which is about a man with an aversion to bugs. The wrap around is about a kid with an abusive father that hates comic books, and the kid takes some creative revenge to close out the movie.
All five tales were originally written by Stephen King, and the movie was a homage to the Tales of the Crypt series. It’s mascot The Creep is very similar to The Cryptkeeper. The movie was presented as a comic book, even afterwards taking you through pages advertising various oddities. Because of this, they adapted the movie into a graphic novel, with illustrations by Bernie Wrightson, who collaborated with King before.
The entire movie is a blast, and is one of my favorite horror anthologies. The design of the reanimated father toning “I want my cake!” is my most memorable scene, and that scene in “They’re Creeping Up On You” when bugs just start bursting out of the corpses still leaves me squeamish after watching that. Creepshow got two sequels, but don’t even bother with Creepshow 3. It got new life as a series on Shudder, and is so successful, it is getting 4 seasons, with the third one premiering around Halloween.
If you love horror anthologies, you can’t do any better than this one. Be sure to watch it for yourself as there is much to love here.
Till next time, stay scared!