“An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.”
Creepshow happens to be one of the many “horror film anthology” features which came thundering through the 80s (and into the 90s), but remains the best of the bunch in my opinion.
This film spans five seperate shorts (which are not really linked, apart from appearing in the same horror comic book), the shorts are : Father’s Day, The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill, Something to Tide You Over, The Crate and They’re Creeping up on You.
All of these shorts go for roughly 20-30 minutes each, and my favorite one would have to be The Crate, and Father’s Day. The “Where’s My Birthday Cake!!” comment still sticks in my mind after all these years.
Stephen King wrote The Crate and I believe The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill (which he stars in, hilariously!), so you know you’re in for a good time with those two.
The special effects in some of these shorts are very well executed for their time, and all actors do brilliant jobs, with special mention going to Hal Holbrook in The Crate, Stephen King in The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill, and Viveca Lindfors in Father’s Day.
I first saw this film on VHS, whilst growing up in Perth, Western Australia, and I recall my brother and I renting it quite a number of weeks in a row, it was our favorite horror film for quite some time back then, and it still has a very special place in my heart along with others from the early 80’s.
This is a classic horror feature, and if you like anthologies, with excellent story’s, good special effects (traditional, none of this CGI shit), and superb acting from some of the true greats of cinema, check Creepshow out as soon as you can!
9.3 out of 10 – An old classic horror feature, with five different tales!