24 April 2014

Creepshow (1982)
120 min.
Directed by George Romero.
With Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielson, Fritz Weaver, Carrie Nye, E. G. Marshall, Viveca Lindfors, Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Gaylen Ross, Tom Atkins, Stephen King.
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.

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