Considered a classic by some, CREEPSHOW is Stephen King's homage to old E.C. horror comic-books. Directed by horror master George Romero, a script by Mr. King himself, and an all-star cast contribute to what is widely regarded as a horror milestone. Expecting a masterpiece, I was disappointed a bit. But in terms of checking my brain at the door and just trying to enjoy a silly horror movie, I was fully satisfied.
CREEPSHOW is split into five different parts, all framed in the style of a comic book. The first one is a story about this rich family with a shady past involving a murder of the family patriarch. This patriarch was killed by his senile daughter on Father's Day (of course, it's always on a special occasion). As the whole family gather's to celebrate the anniversary of the old dude's death, surprise surprise, the guy comes out of his grave to take revenge. There’s nothing particularly original or interesting about this story, with two exceptions: seeing a young Ed Harris in a lame little role (keep an eye on his dancing ability); and for the immortal line, "I want my cake!"
On to story number two, a relatively depressing story of a farmer who turns into a plant. This one wasn't too hot, but it's still worth watching because the farmer is played by none other than Stephen King in a really funny performance. But after awhile it just made me sad. Luckily, story number two is a short one, and before long the third story begins, and finally CREEPSHOW lives up to its potential. This one is automatically hilarious because it stars Ted Danson and Leslie Nielsen in their younger days. Besides that, it's got a terrifically cheesy plot involving revenge and people being buried up to their necks in the beach. I don't want to give too much away, but it's a lot of fun, trust me.
Well, the fourth one is the longest and the centerpiece of the film, but it's not all that great. It is called THE CRATE and is about some random box being found containing a nasty thing which likes to ingest humans. Story number four is O.K., but it goes on for waaaay too long. This is too bad since it may keep you from making it to the final story – the best of the bunch. This one involves a really nasty businessman who is an obsessive clean-freak. I mean, this guy won't touch anything without wearing gloves. So of course, since he is a mean person and a clean-freak, something nasty and filthy has to happen to him. And what is nastier than cockroaches? This one makes the movie, especially with its totally over-the-top finale.
All in all, CREEPSHOW is a no lose situation. With five stories in one movie, you're bound to find one thing you like. Even picky old me found stuff to enjoy. I love Stephen King and I've read every one of his books, and this isn't quite as subtle as some of his books, but it's nice to see him loosen up and have fun with this movie. It's not a great movie, but it's an entertaining time-passer. Just relax, sit-back, and have fun.
Rating: *** (out of a possible 4)