FATHER'S DAY, THE LONESOME DEATH OF JORDY VERRILL, SOMETHING TO TIDE YOU OVER, THE CRATE, and THEY'RE CREEPING UP ON YOU. An incredibly diverse and wonderfully gruesome lineup for the usual hit and miss affair that is the horror anthology. Inspired by the EC COMICS of the 50's, CREEPSHOW centers around a young boy who simply wants to be left in peace to relax and read his comic books. Pulling us in with stories of a dead man risen from the grave looking for his cake, a dimwit farmer discovering a strange meteor, star crossed lovers buried to their necks in the sand, a creature in a box,and one of the worst cockroach problems you'll ever come privy to; it's a cinematic tapestry pulled together so elegantly, it may very well never find it's equal.
Written by Stephen King and brought to the screen by George A Romero, it's a film that allows for different stories to become your favorite with each viewing. FATHER'S DAY is a viciously creepy tale of family narcissism that has always gotten to me. Even (for me) the weakest story, JORDY VERRILL, is still a boatload fun and watching Leslie Nielsen "welcome" in THE TIDE always brings an indecent smile to my face. And if that wasn't enough, you get to watch roaches burst forth from a neat freak's chest cavity as well as a really pissed off crate dwelling critter make lunch out of a group of unsuspecting douche bags. Easily fulfilling most of our genre loving blood lust. CREEPSHOW was not the first to do the anthology thing and certainly is not the last. But paired with it's pretty fantastic sequel, it might very well remain the benchmark against which all other attempts will be measured. And who could argue, it's almost perfect in every single way: laughs, gore, suspense, genuine scares, and with nostalgia to burn. [9/10]
George A. Romero
Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau