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



Total Count: 37


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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 Father's Day cake; "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" stars King himself as a slack-jawed yokel whose discovery of a radioactive meteorite turns him into a walking weed; "Something to Tide You Over" presents a deadly-serious Leslie Nielsen as a cuckolded husband who plans an elaborate seaside revenge; "The Crate" unleashes its ferocious man-eating contents on the enemies of a meek college professor; and "They're Creeping Up On You" pits obsessively-clean billionaire E.G. Marshall against a swarm of cockroaches in his sterile penthouse. The chapters are uniformly creative, filmed in garish comic-book colors, and Tom Savini's makeup effects are quite memorable (particularly the monster from "The Crate"), though the campy treatment does become exhausting after two hours' runtime. The final segment is the most impressive, thanks to Marshall's over-the-top performance, though the planned scope of the cockroach invasion was drastically reduced (no doubt due to budget constraints).

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Hal Holbrook
as Henry Northrup
Adrienne Barbeau
as Wilma Northrup
Fritz Weaver
as Dexter Stanley
Stephen King
as Jordy Verrill
Leslie Nielsen
as Richard Vickers
Ted Danson
as Harry Wentworth
Carrie Nye
as Sylvia Grantham
E.G. Marshall
as Upson Pratt
Viveca Lindfors
as Aunt Bedelia
Warner Shook
as Richard
Tom Atkins
as Billy's Father (uncredited)
Jon Lormer
as Nathan Grantham
Don Keefer
as Janitor
Bingo O'Malley
as Jordy's Dad
Nann Mogg
as Mrs. Danvers
Iva Jean Saraceni
as Billy's Mother
Joe Hill
as Billy
Chuck Aber
as Richard Raymond
Marty Schiff
as Garbage Man
Tom Savini
as Garbage Man
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Critic Reviews for Creepshow

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (10)

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

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Apr 18, 2007 | Full Review…
  • he old Amicus movies used EC originals to better effect and with more brevity, for all their cardboard sets.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Romero and King have approached this movie with humor and affection, as well as with an appreciation of the macabre.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Horror film purists may object to the levity even though failed, as a lot of it is.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5
  • The team-up of director George A. Romero with King was seen as a monumental summit; the movie that resulted from their collaboration is uneven, but its best bits hold up as well as anything in either master's canon.

    Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Creepshow

  • Nov 08, 2017
    Ah, Creepshow. A cult (and mainstream?) hit that may be the best anthology film ever made. I enjoy The Twilight Zone movie very much, but this is a really effective, well-made and mostly scary and funny collection of short stories. Only the cruelty of story #3 and silliness of story #5 keep this from being a 5 star review. The first tale, "Father's Day" is a solid, by-the-numbers story of revenge-from-the-grave, with the Patriarch of the family coming back, literally, from the grave to have his cake. It's got good acting, and is scary and funny. A great choice to start this movie. The second short is about simpleton, Jordy Varrell. He is a simple, poor hick who lives alone in the country in an old farmhouse. He drinks cheap wine, and watches pro wrestling on a tiny, old t.v. He discovers a meteorite, which opens, oozes goo on him, which then starts growing a deadly space-moss. It's funny, and weird, but pretty good. Another good choice to put this simple, very short story second. The third story is well cast, well acted, and is again about revenge from the grave. But this story is not the same as Father's Day. This one is cruel. Unlike the patriarch in Father's Day, who died because he was a mean, old, bully, the victims here who come back to life were killed because of an affair. And they are killed in VERY cruel fashion. At least they get their "justice." I guess. The fourth story is the best. The Crate is a great story, slowly built up to the scares, and is very funny too. I was really afraid of The Crate when I was young. The fifth and final story is simple. A wealthy, cruel magnate is holed up in his sterile penthouse, where he keeps everything and everyone out. Except, it's infested with roaches. The scare factor here depends on your feelings about roaches. It's an ok story, but the weakest of the five. They could have ended this movie after The Crate, and it would have been a stronger film. It's also quite long, at 2 hours. Well cast, well made, and with five tales, it's a full film. A classic.
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2016
    Masters of horror George A. Romero and Stephen King team up for the terrifying horror anthology Ceepshow. Starring Ted Danson, Hal Halbrook, Adrian, and Ed Harris, the film features 5 tales of terror, including a murdered grandfather rising from the grave, the awakening of an ancient Arctic creature, and an adulterous couple being buried alive. Additionally, the frame story that connects the segments uses a creative comic book aesthetic that helps to set the right tone; which has a nice mixture of horror and comedy. And the music too does a good job at complimenting the material. However, the makeup effects (done by Tome Savini) are rather hit and miss; as some are really grizzly and others are incredibly cheesy. Yet while it has some problems, Creepshow is a chilling excursion into the bizarre and macabre.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2013
    Two of Horror's most prominent figures team-up for this wildly uneven (it's an anthology after all) but always fun to watch Creepshow. Romero is having a blast directing this, paying tribute to the 50s pulp magazine that pretty much influenced all of his career and King is also having plenty of fun writing witty dialogues for this very strong cast. He even acts in one of the stories! With pretty horrible results but that's part of the fun. There's a bit for everyone here, psychological terror, ghosts, zombies, monsters and bugs... plenty of bugs!
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    As much as I wanted to like this, I only found one of the five stories to be interesting, the fourth one titled "The Crate." All of the other stories are at best mediocre, and they generally fail to scare or provide laughs. What I will give it credit for is a fantastic cast and great make-up done by legendary Dawn of the Dead make-up artist Tom Savini. However, when viewed as a whole, this really doesn't make for very entertaining horror or comedy, and it seems like a missed opportunity coming from horror veterans like George Romero and Stephen King.
    Joey S Super Reviewer

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