Two masters of the macabre team up to terrify you!
The most fun you’ll ever have…being scared!
Release Date: November 10, 1982
Hal Holbrook as Henry Northup (The Crate)
Adrienne Barbeau as Wilma Northrup (The Crate)
Leslie Neilson as Richard Vickers (Something to Tide You Over)
Ed Harris as Hank Blaine (Father’s Day)
E.G. Marshall as Upson Pratt (They’re Creeping Up On You)
Stephen King as Jordy Verrill (The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill)
Tom Atkins as Stan (Prologue & Epilogue)
Tom Savini as Garbage Man #2
Written by Stephen King
Directed by George A. Romero
A horror anthology of five stories inspired by the E.C. horror comics of the 1950s.
My first experience with the film
My dad and I went to a Saturday afternoon matinee in November 1982.
Creepshow offers up a good old fashioned horror anthology and the perfect way to wrap up this year’s Countdown to Halloween. As with all anthologies, there are strong and weak stories. The wraparound story is a fun one with young Billy getting his revenge on his abusive father for throwing away his copy of Creepshow. The stories within the comic unveil themselves courtesy of The Creep. I think The Crate is one of the strongest, due in large part to the screen presence of Adrienne Barbeau and the wonderful monster in the crate, nicknamed Fluffy, a wonderful creation of make-up legend Tom Savini. I’ve always enjoyed Father’s Day with its wonderfully cheesy ending. Something to Tide You Over seems to go on a little long and is the weakest entry, in my opinion. The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill is plagued by the rather horrible acting of Stephen King, yet it still works as a rather sad but goofy story. The final story, They’re Creeping Up on You, doesn’t quite entertain as the final story should but there are plenty of creepy moments to keep you cringing. Creepshow may not be a perfect horror anthology but it’s a great film for a chilly October night. It’s definitely more treat than trick for a Happy Halloween!
Did you know?
A comic adaptation was released in 1982 featuring artwork from the legendary Bernie Wrightson. After years of being out-of-print, it was finally re-released in 2017.
Creepshow is available on Blu-ray.
But the fun isn’t over yet! Jeff and I have created a special Halloween treat for you to enjoy! Check out the video on our YouTube channel!
And just like that, the 2022 Countdown to Halloween Name Game has come to an end. If you missed a day, be sure to check out the Classic Horrors Club to see which movies Jeff has reviewed all month long.
Now, turn out the lights, watch a spooky movie or maybe listen to an old time radio show and…Happy Halloween!