Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Five tales of terror are presented. The first deals with a demented old man returning from the grave to get the Father's Day cake his murdering daughter never gave him. The second is about a not-too-bright farmer discovering a meteor that turns everything into plant-life. The third is about a vengeful husband burying his wife and her lover up to their necks on the beach. The fourth is about a creature that resides in a crate under the steps of a college. The final story is about an ultra-rich businessman who gets his comeuppance from cockroaches.Written by
Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>
A screen capture of the "Creepshow" comic book featured in the film, reveals that the letters page has letters from "Brian Hall of Ann Arbor, Mich." and "David Graves of Spruce, Maryland", among others. Spruce is the maiden name of Stephen King's wife Tabitha. David Graves is the name of King's late brother-in-law (married to wife Tabitha's sister, Catherine). David Graves lived in Maryland (although not "Spruce", Maryland), until his death in 2000. See more »
In the segment "The Crate", when Henry "shoots" Billie, the hole in her forehead appears one frame AFTER the blood spray comes from the back of her head. See more »
[Richard has jammed his foot in the doorway]
That may work on TV, mister, but I can bench-press three hundred pounds. You better get your foot out of the way, or you're gonna lose half of it!
Don't call me "mister". You know damn well who I am.
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The directorial credits are shown twice: During the opening credits and again during the closing credits. See more »
Version aired on Spanish-speaking channel Telemundo is dubbed, edited for content, runs 1 hour and 30 minutes (with commercials) and only shows stories "Something To Tide You Over" and "The Crate". The end credits for all five segments are intact. See more »
I think it's pretty clear that the amount of enjoyment you get out of this movie is directly related to how sick your sense of humor is. Those people with a fairly low tolerance for sick humor, such as myself, won't particularly like it, but people who thoroughly enjoy horror cheese like "Tales From the Crypt" should LOVE this.
Now, even though I personally don't like this movie, I have to admit it is very well made. Everything is perfectly over-the-top: the music, the gaudy colors, the makeup--it's all done to the point where it is totally ridiculous, which is what King and Romero want. And I must admit I did like the segment "The Crate." How can you NOT love a giant ape-monster running around tearing people to bits? Sick, sick stuff, but enjoyable all the same.
If you like gruesome black humor, this is the movie for you. "Creepshow" is shock schlock at its very best. And as an added bonus, it is not very well known today, so it can have a wonderful "What the hell are you WATCHING!?" effect on other people.
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