The Most Fun You'll Ever Have... BEING SCARED!
Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A.Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.
Man, I really love it when genre directors wear their heart on their sleeve like this. Its clear that old "Tales from the Crypt" style stories mean a lot to George Romero and Stephen King, you'd have to try hard to miss their enthusiasm in Creepshow. So while its not always the most balanced movie, just like most other horror love letters like it, it's still a helluva good time. This has some of Tom Savini's best makeup work, although he will always get most of his credit from the "Living Dead" films, particularly (and rightly so) "Day of the Dead", this has to be my favourite work I've seen of his due to its great range from wonderfully campy…
I kept hearing people harp on about for much of a classic Creepshow is. On paper it sounds promising. Based on a screenplay written by Horror maestro Stephen King and directed by the Godfather of the Dead, George Romero. It's a portmanteau with a similar tone to Tales From The Crypt and I'm sure if I'd have caught it when I was 9 or 10 I'd have shit my pants and fallen in love with it.
There are 5 individual stories and they range from well crafted exercises in chills and macabre humour... and utter utter bollocks.
The first is by far the worst. "Father's Day". Poorly acted. Terrible make up and effects. I just wanted it to be over.…
Dance, Ed Harris....DANCE!
One of the problems with anthology films is an inconsistent level of quality that can create boredom. While that's true to some extent with "Creepshow," this film's major problem is that through the first four stories it is pretty consistently underwhelming. There are moments in each chapter, but none are too exciting and there's no momentum. The film nearly grinds to a halt with The Crate chapter; the 3 stories up to that point are all 20 minutes long and The Crate goes on for 40 long minutes with a story that is stretched even thinner than the others.
The best is definitely saved for last with They're Creeping up on You. E.G. Marshall is fantastic as the cruel, powerful, paranoid and germophobic businessman holed up in his $3,200 a month penthouse apartment as a swam of cockroaches closes in.
Now if you'll excuse me, I've got this bug problem...
Part of Horrortober 2012.
No puedo desligar mi valoración de Creepshow del hecho de que, junto a otras, plantó en mi cerebro la semilla de una afición que me ha dado momentos muy felices y que ha forjado mi identidad. Sí: soy un fan del terror. Por eso, me importa bien poco que la gente diga que es tosca y hortera (lo he leído por ahí). Para mí, Creepshow fue, es y siempre será una peli que merece un mínimo de cuatro estrellas.
I cannot detach my assessment of Creepshow from the fact that, along with others, it planted in my brain the seed of a passion that gave me many happy moments and shaped my identity. Yes: I am a horror fan. That's why i don't care how many times people tell me it is rude and tacky (I read something like that somewhere). For me, Creepshow was, it is, and it will always be a movie that deserves at least four stars.
Ok so I'm going to do something a little different with this review. Since this movie is an anthology with five different stories what I'm going to do is write five mini-reviews for each story then wrap it up at the end with my overall thoughts. So lets get to it.
Although not the best story in the movie it's still a pretty good one that is plenty fun. It also does a great job setting the tone for the stories to come after it although it is a tad cheesy. I do love the fact that all the demanding father ever wants is cake though. I give this story a 7 out if 10.
The Lonesome Death…
The second half of my Romero double feature - this is one of my very favorites of his, just a shade below Dawn. Romero and screenwriter Stephen King's ode to EC comics does a better job capturing what made the original comics special using low-tech devices like animating comic-book frames and borders over live-action frames than most higher-tech comic adaptations have done since. I read an early-80s interview with King once, before Creepshow was released, where he said he intended as a rebuttal to Kubrick's The Shining; he was going to show Kubrick what horror movies are supposed to be. And though The Shining is my favorite movie, Creepshow does succeed brilliantly as a collection of every cheap, disreputable pleasure…
A quite fun vignette horror film.
its ok.. i like the second one...
Stephen King stars in one of the segments as a hillbilly farmer who slowly turns into a plant. That is all you need to know.
There was this magazine back in the 50’s with some horror stories for kids and this is a sloppy excuse to make this movie…but since it was Romero material I decided to give it a go…I got kind of sad when I saw Stephen King with a hand in it!
So then we get some short stories with some bare horror…in this cases is always a bit like this some are good other aren’t. The first one is about an old grandpa that wants cake, the second a meteor that land in the middle of nowhere. The next one with Leslie Nilsen is by far the best and then we get phobies…all and all good enough
ZE BUGS ARE TAKING THEIR REVENGE!
Creepshow is Stephen King and George Romero's homage to the EC pulp horror comics of the 40s and 50s. EC comics' horror titles were an anthology series covering gruesome tales of nasty individuals getting their grizzly comeuppance from supernatural monsters. So popular were these with children that it caused a huge controversy that was to neuter comics for a long time after. Hence, the opening of the film where an abusive father confiscates his son's copy of the fictional Creepshow comic. Over the following night, we see all the issue's stories evolve on screen.
First off, we see a bizarrely-young Ed Harris learning about his new wife's family and their dark secret that is about to come back and haunt…
Romero and King - what more could a horror fan ask for?
Fun seeing Romero do a silly studio picture with well-known actors!
Lame. Stephen King overload.