Creepshow is one of my all-time favorite anthology films, and is it hard to guess why? It marks the collaboration between three of the horror genre’s greatest creative minds – director George A. Romero, writer Stephen King, and special effects artist Tom Savini. And this film definitely shows off their talents in the most spectacular way possible; as an homage to the EC horror comics of the 1950s. It doesn’t get any better than this, folks.
And so I thought it would be fun to take a look at the different segments and rank them accordingly.
5. The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill
Although this segment isn’t higher in the list, that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s a classic in its own right. Inspired by 1950s science-fiction comics and movies, the whole segment is propelled into hilarity by Stephen King’s wacky performance. He plays Jordy Verrill, a simple-minded farmer who discovers a meteorite that ends up transforming him into a strange plant-hybrid. The segment might not be the most original, but it’s definitely some of the most fun.
4. Father’s Day
I really enjoy this segment. There’s something fun about the characters and the setting that makes me want to join in on their Father’s Day party. And it’s also intelligent – although at first glance it seems like a generic slasher, there are unique allusions that make it just a little smarter than it really is. For example, right before Bedelia’s father is reanimated she pours whiskey over his grave. In Gaelic, whiskey is translated into “Water of Life”. Neat, huh?
3. Something to Tide You Over
This is the segment that probably reminds me the most of Tales from the Crypt. The presence of Leslie Nielsen is the type of actor or role I’d expect from the show especially. The twist ending is really neat too, and it’s nice to see an antagonist get their comeuppance even if it’s still a bit of a downer for our protagonists.
2. They’re Creeping Up on You
Easily the most intelligent segment of the film, They’re Creeping Up on You portrays a horrible person in the most horrific night of his life. He’s haunted by an infestation of cockroaches which seem to blend effortlessly with his surroundings. It’s an inspired little piece that uses a lot of creativity and style I wouldn’t expect to see ever again from a film of this caliber.
1. The Crate
My favorite segment of the film. This short is influenced by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, focusing on a creature that’s been locked away in a crate for several decades. Eventually it gets discovered and starts to terrorize the people who have awakened it. The segment masterfully blends dark humor in a way that still makes me laugh despite the endless amount of times I’ve seen it. “Just tell it to call you Billy!” I love it.
Creepshow is simply one of the most unique and smartest movies of its kind, and it’s a shame that we don’t see anymore films like it. There’s horror, comedy, and plenty of shocks. It makes any night a great night for a movie, and I hope newer films start to take note. This is how you make a movie.