November 12th, 1982



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Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A.Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.

Release Year: 1982

Rating: 6.6/10 (16,362 voted)

Director: George A. Romero

Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau

Five tales of terror are presented. The first deals with a demented old man returning from the grave to get the Father's Day cake his murdering daughter never gave him. The second is about a not-too-bright farmer discovering a meteor that turns everything into plant-life. The third is about a vengeful husband burying his wife and her lover up to their necks on the beach. The fourth is about a creature that resides in a crate under the steps of a college. The final story is about an ultra-rich businessman who gets his comeuppance from cockroaches.

Hal Holbrook - Henry Northrup (segment "The Crate")
Adrienne Barbeau - Wilma Northrup (segment "The Crate")
Fritz Weaver - Dexter Stanley (segment "The Crate")
Leslie Nielsen - Richard Vickers (segment "Something To Tide You Over")
Carrie Nye - Sylvia Grantham (segment "Father's Day")
E.G. Marshall - Upson Pratt (segment "They're Creeping Up On You")
Viveca Lindfors - Aunt Bedelia (segment "Father's Day")
Ed Harris - Hank Blaine (segment "Father's Day")
Ted Danson - Harry Wentworth (segment "Something To Tide You Over)
Stephen King - Jordy Verrill (segment "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill")
Warner Shook - Richard Grantham (segment "Father's Day")
Robert Harper - Charlie Gereson (segment "The Crate")
Elizabeth Regan - Cass Blaine (segment "Father's Day")
Gaylen Ross - Becky Vickers (segment "Something To Tide You Over")
Jon Lormer - Nathan Grantham (segment "Father's Day")

Taglines: Jolting Tales of Horror!

Release Date: 12 November 1982

Filming Locations: Fox Chapel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,870,000 (USA) (14 November 1982) (1127 Screens)

Gross: $19,733,000 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (approx.) (Original Workprint)

Did You Know?

Rice Krispies were used as maggots on the corpse's eyes in the first story, "Father's Day". In addition, real maggots were also utilized.

Continuity: When Hank enters the graveyard to look for Aunt Bedilia, the hanging lantern (which Bedilia had previously hit her hat on) has now gone.

Professor Dexter Stanley: Two people are dead, and I could be blamed. I know that's a terrible consideration to have at a time like this, but -
[Henry hands him a drink and he swallows it one gulp]
Henry Northrup: Last time I saw someone do that was in the movies!
Professor Dexter Stanley: It could mean my ass, Henry, it wasn't me! It was that - that thing in the crate! And I don't even know what it was!
[giggles hysterically]
Henry Northrup: What two people? Who is dead?
Professor Dexter Stanley: Mike the janitor at Amberson Hall, and Charlie Gereson. He wanted to measure the bite marks, Henry. I guess he got his chance!

User Review

Stephen King meets George A. Romero!!

Rating: 9/10

Creepshow (1982) was a horror fan's dream come true. Two of the masters in their respective fields joining forces to collaborate on a movie. Several tales filmed in an anthology style based upon the E.C. Comics that the two enjoyed reading in their youths. With Stephen King writing and George A. Romero directing plus Tom Savini creating the gory special effects how can you go wrong? You just can't and the aforementioned duo delivers the goods.

The story begins as a young kid is being punished by his overbearing and brutish father for reading "trashy filth" and is punished. During the night the tossed out comic book comes to life and plays out all the stories (in comic book form) with the "Creepshow Ghoul' leading the way. Black comedy has never been funnier.

All the stories are excellent and well directed. The set pieces are very well designed and are brilliantly executed. You have to love the lighting schemes. The cast is a mixture of new actors and classic ones. George A. Romero stated that he finally got to work with Fritz Weaver and Hal Holbrook and E.G. Marshall. Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, Ted Danson and Ed Harris co-star as well. A couple of Romero regulars such as his wife Christine, Tom Savini and who can forget Stephen King as Jordy Verill.

Creepshow is a true modern day horror classic. I have enjoyed this as a child and I still consider this movie one of my favorite horror films. Sadly the two could never capture the magic they once had. Maybe they'll work together directly in the near future. This movie was near flawless in design. They set out to recapture the old E.C. Comics aura and they succeeded. Followed by a absolutely bad sequel.

Highly recommended!


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