CREEPSHOW. 1982. WRITTEN BY STEPHEN KING. DIRECTED BY GEORGE A. ROMERO. SPECIAL EFFECTS BY TOM SAVINI. STARRING STEPHEN KING, JOE KING, HAL HOLBROOK, ADRIENNE BARBEAU, FRITZ WEAVER, LESLIE NIELSEN, CARRIE NYE, E.G. MARSHALL AND VIVECA LINDFORS. REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©
This anthology of five creepy stories based on the classic EC/DC Comics of the 1950’s is terrific fun. Not scary in the slightest, but great craic, as we say here in Ireland. A collaboration between two of the biggest names in horror, novelist Stephen King and film-maker George Romero, it tells five separate tales of fear, loathing, disgust, jealousy and random B-movie-style horror, with a five-star cast and lashings of black comedy.
The first story, FATHER’S DAY, is about a curmudgeonly old buzzard of a man who comes back from the dead to pester his daughter (who murdered him) for a Father’s Day cake. It’s camp and OTT but it gets the point across. Your sins will find you out. Oh, and revenge is a dish best served with plenty of icing, cream and sugar…
Stephen King is (almost) the sole star of the second little vignette, THE LONESOME DEATH OF JORDY VERRILL. He plays a goofy-looking hick farmer who touches a meteor that falls on his land and ends up with grassy, mossy stuff growing all over him and his surroundings.
I love it when Stephen King stars in his own movies. He’s got a great sense of humour and he’s never afraid to ham things up a little. Remember in MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE when he says:
‘Honey, the machine just called me an ASSHOLE…!’
It’s one of the funniest lines in the film. I’ve got a lot of respect and affection for the King. His output is phenomenal and he truly is the master of the macabre tale and the nightmarish scenario. As a writer, he’s my hero and the kind of success story I aspire to be but don’t have a hope of achieving because there’s only one Stephen King. And I’m okay with that because I love the guy to bits.
SOMETHING TO TIDE YOU OVER is a tale of jealousy and revenge starring Leslie NAKED GUN Nielsen and Ted SAM FROM CHEERS Danson with a lovely thick head of hair on him. CHEERS has been having it away with wealthy NAKED GUN‘s missus, see? And NAKED GUN has planned a shared revenge for the two young lovers that will see them sleeping with the fishes- snigger- before the story is done. But in the dark and dead of night, NAKED GUN has a pair of unwelcome visitors who leave squelchy, seaweedy footprints on his nice clean floors…
Hal Holbrook is brilliant in THE CRATE as an utterly henpecked husband who fixes it so that a hideous beast from the past will do the dirty job he’s too chicken to do himself. That may not be the end of the story, though…
THEY’RE CREEPING UP ON YOU is probably the scariest of the five vignettes, but only because it features about a million cockroaches, which are definitely up there with rats and spiders on my list of things that freak the bejeesus out of me. Another curmudgeonly old buzzard of a man, this time an eccentric millionaire with a phobia of bugs, gets a revolting come-uppance that caused me to have a creepy-crawly nightmare. I don’t have to spell it out for you, do I? Don’t make me, please…
The five tales of the macabre are book-ended by the story of a boy, played by Stephen King’s real-life son Joe, whose CREEPSHOW magazine has been confiscated by his father (VOODOO DOLL). The epilogue features a cameo appearance from special effects wizard, Tom Savini, who plays one of two garbage men who find the discarded comic on the road. It’s a nice affectionate way to end the movie.
Aw hell, the entire film is a nice affectionate nod to the comics of the 1950’s and I felt all sort of warm and fuzzy inside after watching it. And also a bit sick and shivery because of the cockroaches, haha. Don’t let the nasty little critters put you off watching CREEPSHOW, though. It’s required viewing for the die-hard horror fans out there.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY OF SANDRA HARRIS.
Sandra Harris is a Dublin-based performance poet, novelist, film blogger, sex blogger and short story writer. She has given more than 200 performances of her comedy sex-and-relationship poems in different venues around Dublin, including The Irish Writers’ Centre, The International Bar, Toners’ Pub (Ireland’s Most Literary Pub), the Ha’penny Inn, Le Dernier Paradis at the Trinity Inn and The Strokestown Poetry Festival.
Her articles, short stories and poems have appeared in The Metro-Herald newspaper, Ireland’s Big Issues magazine, The Irish Daily Star, The Irish Daily Sun and The Boyne Berries literary journal. In August 2014, she won the ONE LOVELY BLOG award for her (lovely!) horror film review blog. She is addicted to buying books and has been known to bring home rain-washed tomes she finds on the street and give them a home.
She is the proud possessor of a pair of unfeasibly large bosoms. They have given her- and the people around her- infinite pleasure over the years. She adores the horror genre in all its forms and will swap you anything you like for Hammer Horror or JAWS memorabilia. She would also be a great person to chat to about the differences between the Director’s Cut and the Theatrical Cut of The Wicker Man. You can contact her at:
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