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31 Days of Horror Day 23: "Meteor Sh*t!"

Title of Movie: Creepshow

Actors: Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, E. G. Marshall, Stephen King. Joe King, Viveca Lindfors, Fritz Weaver, Carrie Nye, Ed Harris, Jon Lormer, Tom Atkins, Don Keefer, Robert Harper

Quotable Line: "I can hold my breath A LONG TIME!!!"

Director: George A. Romero

Released: 1982

The Skinny: Anthology horror delivered in the only way that two masters at the top of their game can do so. Especially when the two masters are George A. Romero and Stephen King!

The Good: Creepshow is one of those rare movies where Stephen King is extremely hands on with the movie where some of the source material is based on his previous work. The stories “The Lonesome Death of Jody Verrill,” and “The Crate” are both based on short stories by King. The other stories, “Father’s Day,” “Something to Tide You Over,” and “They’re Creeping Up on You” were written for the movie. That said, each story is just an exercise on how nasty the writer and filmmaker can get in terms of telling a story.

I don’t think a single one of these stories end happy to be honest with you. However, the humor throughout is very much in the style of comic book tacky. This is not a bad thing. Especially because the humor is very much gallows humor. The story involving cockroaches is one that still makes me squirm to this day. This is anthology horror at its finest. Trick r’ Treat may have carried on the tradition, but Creepshow cleared the road, paved it and put the lines on it with blood.

All the performances were fine in this movie. Stephen King as Jody Verrill is particularly a stand out for me. Definitely one of my favorites on this list. This is clearly an homage to the old horror comics like Vault of Horror and Tales From the Crypt.  It shows and it works for the purposes of the flick.

The Bad: I have honestly seen better from both King and Romero. But then, I am merely nitpicking at this point.

The Ugly: “It’s Father’s Day and I got my cake!”

My final verdict: 5 issues of the Creepshow comic book out of 5.


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