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
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The episode "Something to Tide You Over" is almost identical to Stephen King's short story "The Ledge", in which a wealthy man forces his wife's lover to risk his life for amusement. "The Ledge" made its way onto film, as the second segment of Cat's Eye (1985). See more »
In the segment "Father's Day", Sylvia tells the other family members that every Father's day since Nathan Grantham's death 7 years ago, Aunt Bedelia comes to visit his grave. Now supposedly the events in this segment take place in 1982. This should put Nathan's death in 1975. However, the date of death carved on Nathan's grave stone says 1972, a full 9 to 10 years ago depending on the exact date of death. See more »
The directorial credits are shown twice: During the opening credits and again during the closing credits. See more »
The Italian release is commonly known as featuring only four episode instead of five and did not include second episode "The lonesome death of Jordy Verrill", starring Stephen King, but in some very few movie theaters it was screened uncut. See more »
Billy is punished for reading comic horror Creepshow. The Creep invites him to five tales. In Father's Day, the old patriarch Nathan Grantham was killed by his daughter Bedelia. During a family gathering, Nathan is resurrected and takes revenge while getting the cake. In 'The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill', Jordy Verrill (Stephen King) is a dimwit farmer who finds a meteorite and is soon overcome with extraterrestrial plant life. In 'Something to Tide You Over', wealthy Richard Vickers (Leslie Nielsen) takes revenge on his wife and her lover Harry Wentworth (Ted Danson) by burying them up to their necks in the beach. In 'The Crate', college professor Henry Northup (Hal Holbrook) is informed of a deadly creature inside of a crate and he sees an easy way to get rid of his hateful wife Wilma (Adrienne Barbeau). In 'They're Creeping Up on You', ruthless business Upson Pratt (E. G. Marshall) has sealed himself up in his high tech apartment due to his germophobia. There is a blackout and his apartment is overrun by cockroaches.
The first two tales are forgettable. The third one burying alive Ted Danson is not. It is the most compelling tale in the whole movie. It works on every level from the acting to the writing. The fourth one has a couple of interesting actors and the last one is creepy as hell. I'm not that afraid of bugs but people who do would really get unhinged over that one. The wrap-around story with Billy could probably be better. I'm sure they could have found a better actor than Stephen King's son. Teaming up horror icons like George A. Romero and Stephen King doesn't guarantee anything but this one worked out great.
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