Creepshow (1982)

Creepshow (1982, USA) C-120m. ** D: George A. Romero. Starring Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, Carrie Nye, E.G. Marshall, Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Stephen King, John Amplas, Christine Forrest, Tom Savini, Tom Atkins. Quite enjoyable horror anthology, modeled after the American E.C. Comics that were popular in the 1950s. Five stories, each scripted by Stephen King, about zombies who return to haunt their murderers, a farmer that is infected by a virus from outer space, an old crate that may harbor a monster and a man who has an insect phobia. All of the stories are quite well-made, with a nice comic-book look and good make-up effects (by Tom Savini), but also rather pointless. Fourth episode, 'The Crate', is the longest and best. Second episode benefits from casting of Stephen King, whose performance is fun to watch. For horror fans. Some prints omit one of the stories. Followed by a sequel in 1987.


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