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Creepshow (1982)

Preceeded by: Creepshow 2 (1987)

Director:
George A. Romero

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Horror/Comedy

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Creepshow

RUNNING TIME
120 minutes

Producer:
Richard P. Rubinstein

Screenwriter (based on his own short stories):
Stephen King


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING

Prologue and epilogue

Billy Hopkins Joe King -

Father's Day

Nathan Grantham Jon Lormer -
Bedelia Grantham Viveca Lindfors -
Hank Blaine Ed Harris -
Sylvia Grantham Carrie Nye -

The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill

Jordy Verrill Stephen King

Something to Tide You Over

Richard Vickers Leslie Nielsen
Harry Wentworth Ted Danson -
Becky Vickers Gaylen Ross -

The Crate

Henry Northup

Hal Holbrook
Wilma "Billie" Northup Adrienne Barbeau
Dexter Stanley Fritz Weaver

They're Creeping Up on You

Upson Pratt

E. G. Marshall

 

Review

These five Stephen King stories directed by George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) probably won't scare you, but they may entice a chuckle. Seen in retrospect, Creepshow is much less effective than its sequel, mainly because of Romero's direction. He doesn't believe in the effectiveness of the horror elements he presents, and so his stories become parodies, without chills and almost without thrills. In Creepshow, the comedic aspect takes centre stage, but there's no point in black humour if there's hardly any blackness. And the special effects by renowned make-up effects artist Tom Savini leave a lot to be desired (with the exception of the final segment). The best written and acted segment in here is "The Crate", adapted by King from his own short story. Hal Holbrook plays his role straight and makes us feel his anguish. It could have been a really effective chiller if not for that ridiculous monster suit. Luckily for the reputation of the series, the more concise and spine-chilling Creepshow 2 appeared five years later.

Copyright 24.09.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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