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Creepshow (1982)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 9

It's uneven, as anthologies often are, but Creepshow is colorful, frequently funny, and treats its inspirations with infectious reverence.

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

It's uneven, as anthologies often are, but Creepshow is colorful, frequently funny, and treats its inspirations with infectious reverence.

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Two of the most venerable names in the horror field, author Stephen King and director George A. Romero, present this anthology of original twisted tales inspired by the E.C. horror comics of the 50's and 60's (themselves a more direct basis for the popular Tales from the Crypt TV series). The five stories are framed within the pages of a comic book which a boy's insensitive father has thrown in the garbage. The first tale, "Father's Day," features a zombie patriarch returning to claim his

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Aug 21, 2001

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George Romero, collaborating with writer Stephen King, again proves his adeptness at combining thrills with tongue-in-cheek humor.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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he old Amicus movies used EC originals to better effect and with more brevity, for all their cardboard sets.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Romero and King have approached this movie with humor and affection, as well as with an appreciation of the macabre.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Horror film purists may object to the levity even though failed, as a lot of it is.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (4)
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As much as I love and admire Romero's zombie pictures... I may love Creepshow just a little bit more.

November 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Mania.com
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One of the rare horror anthologies with a sharp sense of storytelling and an intrinsic ability for irony and metaphor...

October 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Genuinely creepy, satirical and occasionally daft horror tales with a distinctly moral bent.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

All of the pieces of Creepshow come together in a smorgasbord of ghastly images, welcome humor, and solid, old-fashioned storytelling.

October 30, 2008 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

The segments are consistent in quality and the film is still effective and entertaining.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Unfortunately, it never quite gels.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (2)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A wickedly funny horror anthology. Creepshow is a devilish delight, and the most entertaining film George Romero ever directed.

January 26, 2006
Fantastica Daily

Colorful, amusing, and awfully simple - just like a comic book.

October 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Slasherpool

A horror anthology not without its grisly charms

December 5, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Captures beautifully the spirit of classic EC Comics.

December 24, 2002
Needcoffee.com

Moderately successful comic-bookish horror.

November 5, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A darn good horror anthology, which is pretty darn rare.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Creepshow

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. The stories also have a lot 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, half expecting George Kennedy to pop up at any moment.

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.
March 26, 2014
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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. 
October 13, 2011
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Melvin White

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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.
April 16, 2011
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Lee ?

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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.
April 2, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Jordy Verrill: [dumping liquid out of meteor, looks at his hand] Meteor shit!
    – Submitted by Woods F (22 months ago)
    1. Billy: [about his father] I hope you rot in Hell!
    – Submitted by Bria M (2 years ago)
    1. White: Good evening there, Mr. Pratt. Got bugs again, huh, Mr. Pratt?
    2. Upson Pratt: Don't you talk to me like that, you hear?
    3. White: What way, Mr. Pratt?
    4. Upson Pratt: Like I was crazy.
    5. White: No, sir, Mr. Pratt, sir. I don' think you're crazy, not at all. I was just trying to think, who might have a 24-hour fumigating service. l might be able to get Pirelli Brothers out here by, shall we say 11:30.
    6. Upson Pratt: You might go far, White. I've noticed that, in service jobs people like yourself often do. People of color, Yes, 11:30 will be fine.
    7. White: Thanks, Mr. Pratt, sir. I'll call them just as soon as l finish with that shower on 23.
    8. Upson Pratt: Do it first, do it now!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Billy: (sticking a pin into a voodoo doll of his father) Ready for another shot, dad?
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. White: Good evening there, Mr. Pratt. Got bugs again, huh, Mr. Pratt?
    2. Upson Pratt: Don?t you talk to me like that, you hear?
    3. White: What way, Mr. Pratt?
    4. Upson Pratt: Like I was crazy.
    5. White: No, sir, Mr. Pratt, sir. I don?t think you?re crazy; not at all. I was just trying to think?who might have a 24-hour fumigating service. l might be able to get Pirelli Brothers out here by? Shall we say 11:30.
    6. Upson Pratt: You might go far, White. I'v noticed that, in service jobs?people like yourself often do. People of color, Yes, 11:30 will be fine.
    7. White: Thanks, Mr. Pratt, sir. I'll call them just as soon as l finish with that shower on 23.
    8. Upson Pratt: Do it first. Do it now!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Upson Pratt: Go out and f**k somebody. But wear a damn rubber, everybody's got the damn herpes these days.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
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