Monday, February 28, 2011

Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments: #99 - Creepshow (1982)

By Eric Polk of The Audio Descent podcast-
Author's Note:To clear up any and all confusion, even though Bravo did a list on scariest movie moments, I felt as a fan of the series and of the genre, it beholds me to review the entire movie as opposed to a couple of isolated scenes. Thank you Reaplings for your support!

Take one half George Romero(director), take one half Stephen King(scriptwriter). What you get is a classic horror film in Creepshow.

Released in 1982, Creepshow is a five-part anthology story which also includes a wraparound tale in which a father throws away his son's (played by Stephen King's son, Joe) comic book. Once tossed, a Crypt-Keeper-like entity invites us into five haunting tales:

"Father's Day"-I play this little vignette every year. On the 7th anniversary of his death, a rotting corpse rises from the grave for some Father's Day cake...and a bit of revenge on his darling daughter, Bedelia, and the rest of her clan. Funny in parts(where's my cake?), a lil' silly in others(Ed Harris sitting in the grave, not moving?), "Father's Day" is a great opener.

 "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill"-Well I'll be dipped in s#it, it's the man, the legend Stephen King getting a turn in vignette based on his story "Weeds". A meteor lands in the back of lunkhead Jordy Verril's yard. With designs on paying off a bank loan, Jordy makes a grave mistake when he pours water on the outer space present as he and his entire house becomes one big plant! You gotta love his goofiness in this one. For the longest time, I actually thought that is how Stephen King was in real life.

 "Something to Tide You Over"-The weakest of the lot features the late Leslie Nielsen and Ted Danson in which a wealthy psychopath whose spry, devil-may-care jocularity belies his cold-blooded vengefulness, stages a terrible fate for his unfaithful wife, Becky, and her lover, Harry Wentworth, by burying them up to their necks on the beach below the high tide line. He also sets up several closed-circuit TV cameras so he can watch them die from the comfort of his house. However, Richard is in for a surprise of his own when the two lovers he murdered return as a pair of waterlogged, seaweed-covered zombies intent on giving him a dose of his own deadly punishment.

"The Crate"-This is the bloodiest of the five stories and is based on another Stephen King short story. A college professor, Dexter Stanley, has received a wooden storage crate containing an extremely lethal creature resembling a Yeti, or Abominable Snowman. Stanley informs his friend and colleague at the university, the mild-mannered Professor Henry Northrup, of his recent acquisition. When the crate is inspected, the mysterious beast kills the caretaker Mike and Stanley's graduate student, Charlie Gereson. Professor Stanley, now traumatized and hysterical, babbles to Northrup that the deadly monster must be disposed of somehow. Northrup eventually sees the creature as a way to rid himself of his perpetually drunk, obnoxious, and emotionally abusive wife, Wilma, whom he often daydreams of killing. He contrives a scheme to lure her near the crate where the beast the mauls and eats her. Northrup later pushes the crate into a lake where it sinks to the bottom, and he returns to assure Professor Stanley that the creature is no more.

"They're Creeping Up on You!"-Without a doubt, the scariest one of them all. I mean who loves cockroaches, let alone an army of 'em? Upson Pratt is a cruel, ruthless businessman lives in a hermetically sealed apartment, but finds himself helpless when his flat becomes overrun by countless hordes of aggressive cockroaches—perhaps symbolizing the revenge of all the "little people" he has spent his life stepping on.

At the end of the movie, we see Tom Savini and another guy taking care of the trash, when they stumble upon the carelessly tossed comic book. They also see an advertisment for a voodoo doll, but lament that the order form has already been redeemed. Inside the house, Stan complains of neck pain, which escalates as Billy repeatedly jabs the voodoo doll while his hated father screams in agony.

I'm sure you've seen this a dozen times, but if you care to go back, I highly recommend a revisit! 8.5/10

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