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Creepshow  (1982)

Cast: Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, E.G. Marshall, Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Stephen King
Director: George A. Romero
U.S. Distribution: Warner Bros.
U.S. Release Date: 10/31/82
Running Time: 2:00
MPAA Rating: R

Director George A. Romero and writer Stephen King ("The Masters of Terror and the Macabre" as they have been dubbed) join forces in this series of scary shorts, a horror anthology inspired by the EC horror comics of the 1950s.

Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson and King himself appear in two of the first three stories, but the last two prove to be the best of the bunch. A professor (Hal Holbrook) serves up his wife (Adrienne Barbeau) to the monster in "The Crate". In "They're Creeping Up On You", E.G. Marshall gets up close and personal with hundreds of thousands of angry cockroaches.

An excellent cast, nice visuals by effects man Tom Savini and the fine overall horror pedigree of the film ensure that Creepshow is a fun time at the movies. It even says so right on the (video) cover: "The Most Fun You'll Ever Have BEING SCARED!"

 King plays the title character in "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" (the second featurette). A young Vince McMahon's voice can be heard on Jordy's television describing a wrestling match between then-WWF champion Bob Backlund and The Samoan #1 (Afa or Sika, I could never tell them apart).

© 2001, Delton Perrodin

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