I hope everyone has enjoyed the House of Stuff Anthology mini festival, I know I have. I’m going to close out the festival with my favorite anthology film Creepshow. The film features an all star cast both in front and behind the camera and that’s clearly part of it’s appeal. Creepshow is a tribute to the EC comics that were produced in the 50’s, Tales From The Crypt, The Vault of Horror and The Haunt of Fear. The filmmakers went that extra mile to achieve the comic book experience and it made the movie even more fun.
Stephen King wrote the screenplay and true to form, it’s his take on the EC stories. None of the stories are great but they are all pretty good. George Romero directed and it’s one of his best efforts. The transitions between live action, comic book style enhanced live action and pure drawings is excellent and really adds to the experience. Tom Savini does the special effects makeup and it’s effective. Creepshow contains 5 very different stories plus a wrap around bit and Savini adds a nice bit of gore to each of segments.
Creepshow features plenty of established and up and coming stars. Legendary actor E.G. Marshall pretty much steals the film as a heartless millionaire with a germ phobia. The guy had an amazing career that started in the 40’s. It’s pretty cool to have an actor of his stature appear in a horror comic book movie. Hal Holbrook and Adrienne Barbeau team up in a delightful segment about a henpecked husband with an obnoxious wife. Comic actors Leslie Neilsen and Ted Danson pop up in a sequence that is anything but funny. Last but not least, Stephen King himself stars in one of the stories.
The tagline for Creepshow was “The most fun you’ll ever have being scared” and it was correct. I could easily assign the perfect EC artist to draw each of the bits from the movie. The movie works because it was a labor of love. EC comics were amazing in their day and they still are. They not only did horror, they also produced comics that dealt with science fiction, social issues, humor and war. Unfortunately the U.S. government felt EC was contributing to the rise in pain in the ass type teenagers. Congress managed to put them out of business with the only surviving publication being Mad Magazine. Of course pain in the ass teenagers continue to exist, thanks to Mad Magazine and Creepshow.