Weekend Film Recommendation: Creepshow (1982)

22 Apr
Quality horror anthologies are a rarity, so when they do come along they often resonate with the audience create a cult-like following.  Some of the more well known anthology films include: Black Sabbath (1963), Tales from the Crypt (1972), Campfire Tales (1997), and most recently Trick ‘r Treat (2007).  However, perhaps the gold standard for this subgenre is Creepshow (1982).

However, this image clearly suggests it's "Tales from the Hood"

Written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, the behind the camera credentials of Creepshow speaks for itself.  However, there are a few recognizable names on-screen as well.  Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Ed Harris, Ted Danson, and Stephen King (yes, same one) all star in five different tales of terror inspired by the E.C. Comics of the ’50s. 

If anyone reading this has seen any of the previously mentioned anthologies they would know that these films are as much about their campiness as they are scares.  Creepshow is no different, but the attention to detail and the quality of work by those on and off screen seperate it from lesser attempts.  Romero’s touch captures the comic book style and the script, though droll as King’s work can sometimes be, fits the tone.

Initially the film may have delivered some scares alongside the camp, but nearly thirty years of aged effects have tamed the film’s shock value to some degree.  Regardless, Creepshow still holds up as a high quality, fun horror anthology that should be seen by any fan of the genre.

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