Creepshow

d2b73d5552f2155417cd5bd7a97426d3Honestly, though it’s written by Stephen King, Creepshow is not a contender for my favorite horror anthology film. In fact, I see this film as below both King and Romero’s ability. I only enjoyed less than half of the stories and with the others being fair or simply boring. Which is sad, because I remember this film being far better than it is. It wasn’t until I re-watched this film did I realize I had seen it, but it had been so long that it had mostly been buried under other more recent films. The realization clicked during the second story, The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill. As I had remembered this short, but I could never place where I had seen it. It makes sense to me that I would remember that one, as it stars King and in my opinion, it is far and away the best of the bunch.

Creepshow opens with an overbearing father Stan (Tom Atkins), coming down on his son Billy (Joe Hill) for reading horror comics. The argument over the choice of reading material brushes into abuse when Stan hits his son, who refuses to throw out the comic. Needless to say the comic gets thrown out. The Creep, the creature host of the comic appears before Billy’s window that night…

The first story is Fathers Day, which focuses on a rich family gathering on father’s day in memory of Nathan Grantham (Jon Lormer). The families former head, who had amassed a great fortune through murder, and various other dark dealings and had met his early end at the hands of his daughter Bedelia (Viveca Lindfors). As the rest the family celebrates, as none of them liked Nathan as he was a cruel man, Bedelia visits his grave. Where she gets drunk and spills some whiskey on his tombstone, which resurrects Nathan.Who rises and exacts his revenge on his money hungry family.

The next story is The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill. Jordy Verrill (Stephen King), a slow, poor farmer finds a crashed meteor outside his home. He envisions selling the meteor to the local collage for enough to pay off his two-hundred dollar bank loan. When he grabs the meteor, it of course burns his fingers. So in an effort to cool it, Jordy splashes it with a bucket of water. Which causes it to split in half and a strange fluid pours out. While distraught over the breaking of meteor as he now thinks that it has ruined its worth, gathers the halves to still see what he can get and while doing so gets the fluid on his burned fingers. Later that Night while watching the television and sucking on his burned fingers, Jordy notices that they’ve started to grow a strange fungus. Which has spread to his tongue. In fact, his property is slowly become overgrown with the alien vegetation. As the vegetation spreads over Jordy’s body, an itching intensifies. Until he can no longer resist a bath, even after being warned by his dead father’s ghost that the plant thirsts for water…

The following story is Something to Tide you over, in which jealous husband Richard Vickers (Leslie Nielsen), confronts Harry Wentworth (Ted Danson), who’s been having an affair with his wife Becky (Gaylen Ross). Richard coerces Harry to accompany him to his beach house, where he buries Harry up to his neck in sand under threats if he doesn’t comply that he’ll never see Becky again. After being buried Richards true plan is revealed as he has also buried Becky and with the tide coming in he tells them to stay calm and hold their breath. Harry vows revenge as Richard leaves and he’s forced to watch Becky drown on a live TV feed. The next morning Richard finds both bodies gone and assumes the tide has washed them out to sea…

This is followed by The Crate, in which a custodian at a college, Mike (Don Keffer) comes across an old crate long forgotten under some stairs. He alerts Professor Dexter Stanley (Fritz Weaver) of the find and the two decided to open the crate. Inside is a monstrous yeti like creature that attacks, kills and consumes Professor Stanley. Leaving behind  only Stanley’s boots. Mike flees the room and telling the first student he comes across, Charlie Gereson (Robert Harper). Who gets just as eaten as poor Professor Stanley. After this death Mike goes to his friend Professor Henry Northup (Hal Holbrook). While at first hesitant, Northup soon see’s the creature as a way to get rid of his drunk wife Wilma (Adrienne Barbeau)…

The final story is They’re Creeping Up On You, is about Upson Pratt (E.G. Marshall) a ruthless and mean-spirited business man, who rules over those in his employ. He also happens to be a germophobe and lives in a sterile white apartment to remain safe. With a distinct distaste from insects and cockroaches in particular. Pratt is forced to face his fears as the city is consumed by a blackout and the roaches come out in force…

There’s quite a few things that I really loved about this film. Stephen Kings performance being the highest point, followed by Tom Savini’s tiny cameo. Other things I loved was Leslie Nielsen and Ted Danson’s chemistry in Something to Tide You Over is truly memorable.

But beyond that, which is basically eighty percent of the film, is lackluster. I know I’m in a minority here, but beyond what I just stated, King and Romero feel like they only put in a token effort. Though I know that’s not true, I just expect so much more out of their pairing.

Final thoughts, I didn’t much care for this film. The parts I like I loved. But those are by far the minority with the rest ranging from uninteresting to boring. I can understand how this film is a loved classic, even if I can’t jump on this particular bandwagon. 4/10

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