Creepshow (1982) Movie Review

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Creepshow (1982)

1982 | R | Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
120 minutes / 2h 00min

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Creepshow Plot Synopsis:

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.

Creepshow (1982) Review

Creepshow (1982) is an American horror anthology movie that is 120/130 minutes long and was filmed in Pennsylvania, USA and New Jersey, USA. Creepshow is an American favorite that was directed by George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Land of the Dead (2005), The Crazies (2010)) and written by Stephen King. Stephen King (The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Green Mile (1999), The Shining (1980), Stand by Me (1986)) son Joe King/Joe Hill who plays a young boy named Billy. Billy’s father punishes him for reading comic books. The movie was comprised of five short stories: Father’s Day, The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill, Something to Tide You Over, The Crate and They’re Creeping Up on You!. Stephen King adapted two stories/segments from his short stories.

Creepshow was interesting from the very beginning as we see Billy being slapped by his father Stan (Tom Atkins - Lethal Weapon (1987), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Escape from New York (1981), The Fog (1980)) for reading horror comic book titled Creepshow. Stan does not want Billy to read that kind of comic and will do anything to make Billy stop. Billy goes to his bedroom thinking hateful things of his father, even wishing him dead. Soon after, something/someone is calling Billy to his window and little behold; it is Creepshow from the comic he was reading.

Here is a little about each segment.

Father’s Day

Stephen King specifically wrote this story for this movie. Nathan Grantham (Jon Lormer - Rooster Cogburn (1975), The Boogens (1981), Getting Straight (1970)) made money by committing fraud, extortion and being a hitman. His daughter Bedelia murdered him on father’s day because he has had enough of his incessant demands and emotional abuse. Bedelia (Viveca Lindfors - Stargate (1994), The Way We Were (1973), Adventures of Don Juan (1948)) also had motive for revenge on him for killing her lover. Here is the juicy part, Bedelia went to celebrate her father’s death at his grave with whiskey and accidently spilled some on his grave. He soon went on a killing spree with supernatural abilities while waiting for the father’s day cake that he did not have.

The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill

Jordy Verrill (Stephen King) has a $200 bank loan and hopes that a local college will give him enough money for discovering a meteorite. He drenched the meteorite with water because it was way too hot to touch, and that made the meteorite break open letting out a glowing green thing. The green substance touches his body, and he soon started to grow plants on his body. Jordy did not listen to the voice of his dead father and took a bath, he was sorry that he did when he woke up the next morning. He shot himself in the head after seeing his lawn, and his surroundings are covered with alien-like plants. There is more to this segment after he shot himself.

Something to Tide You Over

Richard Vickers (Leslie Nielsen - The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988), The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991), Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Airplane! (1980)) is a wealthy psychopath that enjoys murdering people. He killed his cheating wife, Becky (Gaylen Ross - Killing Kasztner (2008), Dealers Among Dealers (1995), Caris’ Peace (2011), Not Just Las Vegas (1994)) and her lover, Harry Wentworth (Ted Danson - Cheers (1982), Becker (1998), Saving Private Ryan (1998), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)) in an unimaginably painful way. Richard lures them out his home on the beach to bury them in the sand with their necks sticking out below the high tide line. Becky and Harry died and came back as creatures that are out for revenge. What will they do to Richard?

The Crate

Mike (Don Keefer - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Liar Liar (1997), Sleeper (1973), The Way We Were (1973)) is a college custodian that found a wooden storage crate. The crate was hidden under the basement stairs for 148 years. Mike and college professor, Dexter Stanley (Fritz Weaver - All My Children (1970), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), Marathon Man (1976)) decides to open the crate. They found something that they were not prepared for. There was a lethal creature that looks like a Yeti or an Abominable Snowman in the crate that devours Mike’s entire body. Stanly manages to escape as the crate returns itself back to under the basement stairs. He told his friend Professor Henry Northrup (Hal Holbrook - Into the Wild (2007), Lincoln (2012), Wall Street (1987), Men of Honor (2000)) of the creature. Henry uses the creature to do his dirty work for him. Henry has been dreaming of the day that he can kill his obnoxious, abusive drunken wife, Wilma (Adrienne Barbeau - The Fog (1980), Maude (1972), Escape from New York (1981)) and succeeds in doing so by letting her next to the crate. He then drops the creature that is in the crate in a lake and assumes the creature is dead - oh boy is he wrong.

They’re Creeping Up on You

Upson Pratt (E.G. Marshall - 12 Angry Men (1957), The Defenders (1961), Christmas Vacation (1989), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)) is the type of businessman that a person would only hope of not encountering. Upson is also has a mysophobia, and he lives in a hermetically sealed apartment that has several surveillance cameras and electric locks. The unexpected happened, a severe thunderstorm took out the electricity in his building and surrounding areas. His apartment was soon infested with cockroaches and his escape room which is the panic room is also crawling with cockroaches. He has a heart attack - the story does not end there so watch to see what gruesome activities happens after.

The segments are intertwined with animations of Billy. The movie ends by showing us two garbage men picking up the garbage and seeing the Creepshow comic Stan threw out. They saw an ad for a voodoo doll and the order form was missing. We then see Billy in his house with a voodoo doll that he repeatedly use to hurt his father. What will happen to Billy and his Father? Watch the movie to see. I greatly enjoyed watching this old time movie, and it was a treat to see excellent sets that are original.

  • Creepshow Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.78
  • IMDB: 6.9
  • MetaCritic: 5.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.2

About Creepshow 1982

Title: Creepshow
Year: 1982
Runtime: 120 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
Reviewer: Score: 3.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.39/5 stars from 36,091 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 36,091 MPAA Rating: R
Creepshow Cast Starring: Tom Savini, Stephen King, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, David Early, Bingo O'Malley, Leslie Nielsen, Christine Forrest, John Amplas, Ed Harris, Viveca Lindfors, E.G. Marshall, Warner Shook, Fritz Weaver, Chuck Aber, Gaylen Ross, Marty Schiff, Hal Holbrook, Robert Harper, Carrie Nye, Carol McCloskey, Ann Muffly, Ted Danson, Richard P. Rubinstein, Charles Van Eman, Elizabeth Regan, Jon Lormer, Don Keefer, Nann Mogg, Iva Jean Saraceni
Creepshow Writers: NA
Creepshow Director: George A. Romero
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA