|Popular collaboration between director George Romero and author Stephen King yields a nice quartet of squishy horror yarns.
In one - The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill - a poor redneck (played by King himself) metamorphoses into a huge plant as the result of a strange meteor crash. In another, a family of rich cutthroats is terrorized by their murdered daddy.
In another, Father's Day, a group of money grubbing relatives are killed one by one, not by a maniacal killer, but a maniacal killer returned from beyond the grave!
Of special note is the superior segment starring Hal Holbrook and Adrienne Barbeau - The Crate - in which a husband (Holbrook) feeds his yappy, abusive wife (Barbeau) to an ancient Arctic beast.
And our personal favorite? They're Creeping Up on You!, in which E. G. Marshall plays a rich guy with an unhealthy obsession with cleanliness, complicated by an intense phobia of any dirt. Sheer terror abounds when his apartment becomes infested with all kinds of roaches during a NYC blackout.
The 1950s horror EC comic book-style motifs and wraparound bookends lend a really nice touch, giving the effort a pulpy feel and making this a memorable genre outing.