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Creepshow (1982)

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An anthology which tells five terrifying tales inspired by the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s.


George A. Romero


Stephen King (original screenplay by)
3,681 ( 100)
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Holbrook ... Henry Northrup (segment "The Crate")
Adrienne Barbeau ... Wilma Northrup (segment "The Crate")
Fritz Weaver ... Dexter Stanley (segment "The Crate")
Leslie Nielsen ... Richard Vickers (segment "Something To Tide You Over")
Carrie Nye Carrie Nye ... Sylvia Grantham (segment "Father's Day")
E.G. Marshall ... Upson Pratt (segment "They're Creeping Up On You")
Viveca Lindfors ... Aunt Bedelia (segment "Father's Day")
Ed Harris ... Hank Blaine (segment "Father's Day")
Ted Danson ... Harry Wentworth (segment "Something To Tide You Over)
Stephen King ... Jordy Verrill (segment "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill")
Warner Shook Warner Shook ... Richard Grantham (segment "Father's Day")
Robert Harper ... Charlie Gereson (segment "The Crate")
Elizabeth Regan Elizabeth Regan ... Cass Blaine (segment "Father's Day")
Gaylen Ross ... Becky Vickers (segment "Something To Tide You Over")
Jon Lormer ... Nathan Grantham (segment "Father's Day")


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Five Jolting Tales of Horror! See more »


Comedy | Fantasy | Horror


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Fluffy, the creature from "The Crate", was the first fully animatronic creature Tom Savini had created. He spent over a hour and a half on the phone with Rob Bottin (effects artist from The Thing (1982), The Howling (1981) and Total Recall (1990)) getting advice on how to build this. 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 »


Cass Blaine: [referring to her husband] Where is he?
Sylvia Grantham: My dear, I really can't say. No doubt he's at the grave, hobnobbing with your great aunt. Getting her side of the story.
Cass Blaine: Well, I want him. And I want my dinner, I'm hungry.
Richard Grantham: Well go get him, then.
Cass Blaine: [demurely] You go Richard.
Richard Grantham: He's your husband. I don't even like him.
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Crazy Credits

The directorial credits are shown twice: During the opening credits and again during the closing credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The German theatrical version did not include the episode "The Crate". It is only included on Video and Laserdisc. See more »


Referenced in Mazes and Monsters (1982) See more »


Music by Ib Glindemann (as Dan Kirsten)
Ole Georg Music
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User Reviews

A lovingly crafted B movie
8 November 2016 | by jezfernandezSee all my reviews

When I was about 13 years-old, I tried to rent this on VHS several times. Unfortunately, my mother kept walking in during a particularly violent segment and made me turn it off. It was a long time before I finally saw the whole film.

If you watch the accompanying Just Desserts documentary on the double-disc DVD, you'll see how lovingly crafted this film really was. Not only so, but this truly transcends the schlock horror of its E.C. origins. The acting is first rate and the plots surprisingly thoughtful, considering how short each segment is. For example, watch Aunt Bedelia's tortured graveside monologue in Father's Day, or the curious interplay between Henry and Dex in The Crate. E.G. Marshall totally nails it in They're Creeping Up On You, the segment most loaded with subtext.

Tom Savini's make-up effects are excellent and he doesn't scrimp on the gore. The one segment I dislike is Something To Tide You Over, as it's a particularly nasty and sadistic story (despite the just desserts moral).

Overall, this has a worthy place in the annals of 80s horror and will always hold fond memories for me; a young boy who just wanted to see that crate monster tear his victims apart like sour bread.

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Release Date:

12 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuentos de ultratumba See more »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,870,889, 14 November 1982

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (Original Workprint)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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