Why We Love…Creepshow!

The year was 1982 and I can remember my mother’s excitement like it was yesterday; a new Stephen King movie was out and it was directed by George Romero! My mother was a certified Stephen King nut and also loved Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead so this was a big deal in our house. Most horror movies that we saw when I was a kid were seen at the drive-in but for Creepshow, my mother took a Saturday off of work so we could go see it at the theater.

 

The Wrap-Around (Part One)…

When you’re dealing with an anthology film, the wrap-around is very important. The success of the wrap-around can really make or break your story. Creepshow, thankfully is an example of an anthology film with a successful wrap-around (V/H/S is an example of an awful one). Here, we focus on young Billy (played by Stephen King’s son Joe) who is a horror obsessed lad with an apparently mean father (Tom Atkins – Halloween 3, The Fog, etc.). Billy’s dad is none too happy to find him reading a horror comic book and gives Billy a smack before tossing the comic in the trash. Billy stays in his room wishing his father would rot in hell when The Creep shows up at his window.

 

Father’s Day…

“Where’s my cake Bedelia?!?” That line has made me laugh for years. So, basically, a super-rich but annoying version of Bernie Sanders gets bashed to death with an ashtray by one of his pissed daughters while yelling about his lack of a Father’s Day cake. Years later she visits him at his grave on Father’s Day so he comes from the grave for his revenge (and his cake).

 

The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill…

“Meteor shit!” Another classic line from this gem and this one is uttered by the master himself, Stephen King. King plays Jordy Verrill, a not-so-bright farmer who goes to investigate a meteor that crashed on his farm only to break it open and touch the liquid on the inside. After touching the liquid, strange green patches grow on his fingers and tongue (where he was sucking on his fingers). Eventually, everything that came in contact with the meteor and it’s contents grows a thick patch of grass-like growth. Things don’t end well for poor Jordy.

 

Something to Tide You Over…

Starring Ted Danson and Leslie Nielsen, this is the longest of the stories. Leslie Nielsen plays a scorned husband who finds out that his wife has been cheating on him with Ted Danson’s character. Leslie devises a scheme to kill the both of them by bearing them up to their necks on his private beach and letting the tide come in and drown them. Little does he know that zombies are made this way (in this story, at least). 

 

The Crate…

Adrienne Barbeau and Hal Holbrook star in this fantastic story of a meek husband Henry getting revenge on his abusive wife Wilma. When Henry is frantically told by a colleague about a creature in an old crate hidden for years under the stairs at the college where he teaches, he decides that his wife must meet him. (Check out the cool pic below of the master Tom Savini with the creature that they named “Fluffy”.)

 

They’re Creeping Up on You…

Ick…just ick. Gross story about a rich shut-in type in a Manhattan apartment who obviously has some sort of germaphobia and bugaphobia (I just made that word up). Well, one night the lights go out and the bugs come out. Whatever…I hate bugs.

 

The Wrap-Around (Part 2)…

Some garbage men (Tom Savini!) find the comic book thrown out by Billy’s dad and see an ad for a voodoo doll but get bummed out when they see that someone already sent away for it. Fast-forward to Billy holding a voodoo doll and a pin. I’ll bet his dad won’t throw away his comics anymore…

 

Final Thoughts…

Among anthology films, Creepshow is my favorite. Black Sabbath, Dead of Night and Tales from the Darkside: The Movie are right up there as well but Creepshow will always hold a special place in my heart (and on my arm).

 

Stay gory my friends,

Larry Dwyer

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