From the Masters of Terror and the Macabre...
|Directed by||George Romero|
|Produced by||Richard P. Rubinstein; Salah M. Hassanein; David E. Vogel|
|Written by||Stephen King|
|Narrated by||The Creep|
|Starring|| Hal Holbrook|
|Music by||John Harrison|
|Editing by||George Romero, Pasquale Buba, Paul Hirsch, Michael Spolan|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros., Laurel Entertainment, Inc.|
|Release date(s)||November 10, 1982|
|Running time||120 minutes|
|Followed by||'Creepshow 2'|
Creepshow is a 1982 horror anthology film directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. The film's ensemble cast included Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, and E.G. Marshall.
A young boy named Billy (played by Stephen King's real-life son Joe King) gets yelled at and slapped by his father, Stan (Tom Atkins), for reading a horror comic titled Creepshow instead of doing his chores. His father tosses the comic in the garbage to teach Billy a lesson, but not before threatening to spank him should Billy ever get caught reading Creepshow comic books again. Stan also refers it as "such horror crap". Later after he tosses the comic book away, Stan reminds his wife that he had to be hard on Billy because he can't believe all the 'crap' that's in the book. He closes out the discussion with the reason why God made fathers: to protect their ways of life and their children. As Billy sits upstairs hating his father, he hears a sound at the window, which turns out to be a ghostly apparition, beckoning him to come closer.
- (First story, written by King expressly for the film)
Third Sunday of June, seven years ago, an elderly despicable patriarch named Nathan Grantham was killed on Father's Day when his daughter Bedelia (Viveca Lindfors) bashed him in the head with a marble ashtray as he screamed for his cake. Third Sunday of June, seven years later, his ungrateful, money grubbing relatives get together for their annual dinner on Father's Day. Nathan Grantham comes back as a zombie-like creature to get the cake he never got, and kills off his relatives one by one.
The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill
- (Second story, originally titled "Weeds", adapted from a previously published short story written by King)
A dimwitted backwoods hick thinks a newly discovered meteorite will provide enough money from the local college to pay off his $200 bank loan. Instead, he finds himself being overcome by a rapidly spreading plant-like organism that comes off the meteorite. Stephen King himself plays the doomed protagonist in this darkly humorous story.
Something to Tide You Over
- (Third story, written by King expressly for the film)
Richard Vickers, a coldblooded, wealthy husband, played by Leslie Nielsen, stages a terrible fate for his unfaithful wife, Becky (Gaylen Ross) and her lover, Harry Wentworth (Ted Danson) by burying them up to their necks on the beach, below the high tide line. They drown, but the tide somehow revives them as waterlogged zombies intent on getting revenge of their own.
- (Fourth story, adapted from a previously published short story)
A mysterious, extremely lethal creature is unwittingly released from its crate in this suspenseful and gory monster story. Hal Holbrook stars as pacifistic college professor Henry Northrup, who sees the creature as a way to rid himself of his drunk, emotionally abusive wife, Wilma, played by Adrienne Barbeau. (The monster in the crate was nicknamed "Fluffy" by the film's director, George A. Romero.)
They're Creeping Up On You!
- (Fifth and final story, written by King expressly for the film)
Upson Pratt (E.G. Marshall) is a cruel, ruthless businessman whose Mysophobia has him living in a hermetically sealed apartment, but finds himself helpless when Mr. White, his put-upon employee, allows his apartment to be overrun by endless hordes of cockroaches.
The following morning, two garbage collectors (one played by special effects makeup artist Tom Savini) find the Creepshow comic in the trash. They look at the ads in the book for X-ray specs, a Charles Atlas bodybuilding course, and a voodoo doll, whose coupon is missing. Inside the house, Billy's angry father complains of neck pain, which escalates to deadly levels as we see Billy jabbing the voodoo doll over and over.