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on 30 January 2015
Stephen King (screenplay) and George A. Romero (director) discovered they had a mutual love of E.C. Comics as kids and decided to collaborate on a project that would serve as a homage to the comic books. What eventually unfolded was Creepshow (1982).
In total there are five tales and a wraparound story. Each tale begins with a comic book storyboard panel that fades into film. So what do you get once you have purchased you ticket for The Creepshow?
The wraparound story features young Billy (Stepehen King's son, Joe Hill), whose Creepshow Comic is confiscated by his abusive father (Tom Atkins). After calling his comic book ''rotten horror crap!'', Billy's father goes downstairs and opens a beer, feeling satisfied with himself. Upstairs, The Creep appears outside Billy's window and the boy clasps his hands together and grins ...
... so begins the first tale:
Nathan Grantham is killed by his own daughter; she had suffered years of mental abuse and her father had also been behind the murder of her boyfriend. He returns as a hideous corpse, exacting revenge on the entire Grantham family. This zombie tale stars Ed Harris.
The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verill
Backwoods hick Verril (Stephen King) witnesses a meteor crash-land into his own backyard. Before long the entire property is turning green and Verril has to fight for survival against an alien plant life. This segment is based up the Stephen King short story, Weeds.
Something to Tide You Over
Another zombie revenge story featuring Ted Danson and Leslie Nielson. The latter plays a wealthy, jealous, and unhinged husband who buries his wife and her lover up to their necks on a stretch beach called Comfort Point, his private beach. But the tide has a way of returning the past.
A university custodian discovers an ancient crate that has been chained up for over a century. Inside is a bigfoot-like monster. College professor, Henry, has been subjected to years of humiliation from his overbearing wife, Billy; his only solace is a weekly chess game with fellow professor, Dexter. Is it now time for the creature to feed ... and Henry to finally sort out his wife? Starring Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, and Fritz Weaver..
They're Creeping Up On You
A miserly millionaire businessman discovers his supposedly germ-proof apartment is infested with cockroaches. His selfish and ugly deeds - past and present - come back to haunt him as he battles the relentless army of bugs. Stars E.G. Marshall (Tommyknockers).
And so the curtain is set to close on The Creepshow. But before we leave the auditorium, lets return to the wraparound story where little Billy has taken up the art of voodoo. He is going to ensure his bad tempered father never throws away his comic books again ...
So what's the verdict? Five brilliantly written and directed short tales, top notch special effects (having Tom Savini at the helm), a great musical score, and first rate acting. There is now a 2-Disc Special Edition (Universal Pictures UK) that has great sleeve art, and extensive commentaries and documentaries; the picture is crystal clear along with clear 5.1 sound (there is also a Blu Ray equivalent available).
Blu Ray spec (the extra features mirror the 2-disc DVD):
* Audio Commentary with George A. Romero and special make-up effects creator Tom Savini
* Audio commentary with director of photography Michael Gornick, Actor John Amplas, property Master Bruce Alan Miller and Make Up Effects Assistant Darryl Ferrucci
* Just Desserts: The making of Creepshow. A feature length documentary with cast ands crew interviews
* Behind the creams with Tom Savini
* Deleted scenes
* TV spot, trailer and stills gallery
5.1 DTS HDMA / LPCM 2.0
The team behind Creepshow - King, Romero, John Harrison (music), and Richard P. Rubinstein (producer) - would all return to work on Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990), original intended as Creepshow 3.
Buy your ticket now ... you won't be disappointed!