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Creepshow Review

Discussion in 'Creepshow' started by Neil W, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    Creepshow is the first of the Stephen King anthology movies.

    Directed by George Romero, this collects four King short stories from the Night Shift era and tells them within the format of one of the EC horror comics of the 50s. The stories are all very much that kind of thing - short, pithy, punchy, and with tongue very much in cheek.

    The comic framework extends to the bookend sequences for each episode, which is animated. King, who so often cameos in filmed adaptations of his work, is here given the central role in one of the segments, and does a decent job as the gormless and ill-fated Jordy Verill.

    This is a decent set of stories and an entertaining, if unexceptional, movie.
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  2. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Unexceptional? I beg to differ! I saw this in the theatre in 1980 (or 81?). Anyway, it was not at all what I expected. I loved it!

    It was so campy and over the top. I would love to record this movie so my son could see it. Leslie Nielson? Adrienne Barbeau? Okay I will admit the special effects with the cockroaches
    bursting out of that man's chest
    were not the greatest. At the time I felt it looked fake.
    But, overall I thought it was much better than just "unexceptional".
  3. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

  4. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    It brought the fun and camp back to horror--at the time, they were trending to the overly serious, teen slashers. I loved CREEPY comics (still do), so I really liked it. And cockroaches are one of the only things that horrify me to my core (yes, I know they can't hurt me but *shudder*), so that bit still gives me the willies.
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  5. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    I love Creepshow, one of my favorites. It was meant to be tongue in cheek comic bookish -- I thought it was fun and creative and I love all the stars they got to do it. RIP Leslie Nielsen, my favorite!
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  6. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    Don't get me wrong - I completely got where it was coming from (and I have the Bernie Wrightson comic adaptation of it, just to drive the point home), but it was primarily fun, which is great, but a little bit lightweight as a result.
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  7. Sundrop

    Sundrop Sunny the Great & Wonderful

    Love Creepshow!!! What a fun way to do short short stories as film. Creepy, campy, and weird....what more could you want?
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  8. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    great movie...perfect in almost every b-movie, campy, cheesy, wonderful way...

    easily one of my all-time favorite king movies...

    and, to the best of my meager knowledge, it may be the single only great movie-style rendidtion of those great, old comics i grew up with

    a total labor of love on the parts of messers king and romero...and everyone involved...genius !!
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  9. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Contains one of my favorite lines ever delivered on film by anyone. And it comes from non other that our own Uncle Steve. "Jordy Verill, you lunkhead!"
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  10. Scratch

    Scratch In the flesh.

    Absolutely. I would rather be covered in snakes than roaches. And CREEPY was my favorite then EERIE then 1984 then UNKNOWN WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION then VAMPIRELLA then VAMPIRE TALES then ZOMBIE TALES then WEIRD WAR then UNEXPECTED then HEAVY METAL then HOUSE OF MYSTERY then WEIRD MYSTERY then... lets just say I took to restoring old trunks for a reason.
    From my wall-
    CREEPY 026.JPG
    I loved Creepshow. The family and I were in Memphis airport when I noticed Hal Holbrook seated across from us. I was all excited and trying to explain who it was and I burst out with "just call her Billy- everybody does" when I noticed him look up from his paper in mild disgust. Poor guy probably thought it was the only thing I remembered him in. I would have said All the Presidents Men but everybody knew immediately when I said Creepshow.

    I still say "do it noooooow" on occasion though few get the reference.
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