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CREEPSHOW - 3 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1982 Laurel Show and Warner Bros
Reviewed by Cody on 8 August 2001

The Characters:  

  • Billy - Young boy who loves horror comics and movies. His dad wants to change his habits.
  • Stan - Billy's dad. Tries to throw away the comic and is just a mean dad. Gets voodoo'd.
  • The Creep - A representative of the comic book. Shows Billy all of these stories one last time.
  • Characters unique to each story are detailed in the plot section.

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The Plot: 

A father takes away his son's horror comic and throws it in the garbage. The skeleton from the magazine shows up to let the kid see all five of the stories in the comic one last time.

This show is great! Written by and starring Stephen King, and directed by George Romero (NIGHT, DAWN, and DAY OF THE DEAD). The five stories titles and story lines are as follows:

FATHER'S DAY
Bedelia - Killed her father, while making him a cake on Father's Day, and has the nerve to visit his grave on the anniversary of it. Choked to death.
Nathan - Bedelia's dad. Comes back from the grave for some cake.
Hank, Richard, and Sylvia - They all share in the money inheritance. Most are beheaded in some way.
A man killed by his daughter on Father's Day returns from the grave searching for his Father's Day cake.

THE LONESOME DEATH OF JORDY VERILL
Jordy - Stephen King! A farmer that dies a lonesome death.
Based on The Blob. A farmer finds a meteor and accidentally breaks it open, spilling a blue liquid. Strange weeds start growing from the crater and on anything the liquid touched, including the farmer.

SOMETHING TO TIDE YOU OVER
Richard - Leslie Nielsen! He is not funny in this role as an insane and jealous husband. Killed by Harry and Becky.
Harry - Ted Danson! He's not too cheery when he's killed. Drowns.
Becky - Richard's cheating wife. Drowns.
Two lovers are buried up to their neck in the sand at low tide by an insanely jealous husband.

THE CRATE
Henry - Henpecked professor. Hates his wife.
Dexter - Horny professor. Gets distracted from coming on to woman by finding the crate.
Mike - Unfortunate janitor who finds the crate. Can no longer play the violin. Heck, he couldn't play a harmonica anymore.
Charlie - Unfortunate student who tries to measure the bite marks on Mike's shoe.
Wilma - Henry's henpecking wife. Fed to the monster.
A janitor at a college (between semesters) finds a one-hundred and fifty year-old crate; he and a professor open it. Inside they find a monkey-like creature with a huge appetite. Another professor, Henry, decides this could be the key to the divorce he's been wanting.

THEY'RE CREEPING UP ON YOU
Upson Pratt - Hateful jerk. Figures with a name like that. Killed by roaches.
White - Black building superintendent that Pratt doesn't like and racially insults often.
Mrs. Katsenmeyer - Mad widow. Wishes Pratt a horrible death.
An old, hateful company head that lives in a germ proof, airtight apartment is battling roaches. After he insults the crying wife of a man whose company he took over, prompting the man to commit suicide, thirty thousand or so roaches show him that nothing is airtight and teach him a lesson.

My favorites from this were always "The Crate," and They're Creeping Up On You." During "Creep" you can feel the roaches crawl on you. This show is a good one for a lights-off movie with the wife. Lots of good shocks, enough cheesiness to be fun, and the willies.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Some guys will do anything for a piece of cake.
  • People who have weeds growing on them are afraid of doctors.
  • Never open an old crate, but, if you do, look close before sticking your arm in it.
  • Roaches seem to be in tune with the wishes of recent widows.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note creepshow1.wav Nathan: "It's Father's Day! Where's my cake? You promised me my cake!"
Green Music Note creepshow2.wav Jordy: "That's a meteor! I'd be dipped in s**t if that ain't a meteor!"
Green Music Note creepshow3.wav Richard: "I can hold my breath for a long time! Hahahahaha!"
Green Music Note creepshow4.wav Upson Pratt: "I can't talk to you now George. I'm going to clear up this damn cockroach problem once and for all."

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Richard taunts Harry over the closed-circuit system he set up to watch the spectacle. Harry responds with verbal hatred. Heck, there is no reason for him not to curse the bastard with his last breaths (actually his last breaths will be sea water, but I digress).

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Re: Creepshow
Reply #25. Posted on April 27, 2009, 10:34:28 AM by schmendrik
I love this movie, and the second one. I have both on dvd. I only recently saw them though, maybe a year or too ago. My father told me about them, said it was a good movie. My favorites from the first were The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verill, The Crate, and They're Creeping Up On You. Although neither Creepshow  ever scared me, except for "The Raft" on the second one. That one scares me for some reason. Stupid floating trash bag monster!

Jordy Verrill being played by Stephen King, of course. Perhaps the most lines he ever had in a movie?
Re: Creepshow
Reply #26. Posted on June 18, 2009, 06:46:59 PM by Kooshmeister
Father's Day would have been a little better if they left in the scene that explains why Nathan is so hard to snuff out.

And what was the explanation? I have the comic book which contains a lot of the deleted material (such as the flashback of Bedelia identifying Peter Yarbro's corpse at the morgue after Nathan has him killed and Jordy's fantasy about paying off the bank loan), but the hows and whys of Nathan Grantham's resurrection and powers are not touched upon in Father's Day.

Trying to explain why he's difficult to kill seems a bit weird, considering that nobody lifts a hand against him. Bedelia, Hank and Sylvia all passively allow themselves to get killed (due to shock I assume). We don't see how Mrs. Danvers got killed but I assume Nathan caught her by surprise and she likewise made no real effort to defend herself. There's no sign of a struggle when Sylvia inspects the kitchen, just Nathan's muddy footprints and Mrs. Danvers' body propped up behind the door. Why did Nathan put her there, anyway? A lot of his actions don't make much sense, actually:

-Why did he remain in the cemetery for so long? He only starts heading for the mansion after killing Hank, long after night has fallen.
-Why did he bury Bedelia's body? Obviously he's not a typically mindless zombie, but still this seems a bit weird, unless his thinking was it was ironic that his daughter ought to be interred in his own grave.

I know it's just a movie, but Father's Day just has a lot of unanswered little questions. And this seems to stem from the fact it loses steam halfway through. It's good up until just before Hank gets killed. Once Hank snuffs it, we're left wondering why Nathan didn't go to the house immediately after killing Bedelia, and his subsequent "rampage" (if you can call it that) upon getting there leaves a lot to be desired. At least it ended on a high note (and if you're wondering about the fates of Cass and Richard, the comic implies that Nathan kills them soon afterward because the Creep says something along the lines of him "blowing out their candles").

...this is of course completely ignoring Nathan's apparent telekinetic zombie powers, a topic of discussion unto itself.
Re: Creepshow
Reply #27. Posted on October 13, 2009, 09:30:19 PM by whitelion43
  I met Tom Savini who did the special effects for this movie and many other Romero films. and he says the Thing in the crates has a name.  It is Fluffy!
    signed
             Dave
Re: Creepshow
Reply #28. Posted on October 14, 2009, 08:55:56 AM by Psycho Circus
  I met Tom Savini who did the special effects for this movie and many other Romero films. and he says the Thing in the crates has a name.  It is Fluffy!
    signed
             Dave

White Lion fan by any chance?  Smile
Re: Creepshow
Reply #29. Posted on October 28, 2013, 09:38:48 PM by zelmo73
Quote
THE LONESOME DEATH OF JORDY VERILL
 
Jordy - Stephen King! A farmer that dies a lonesome death.
Based on The Blob. A farmer finds a meteor and accidentally breaks it open, spilling a blue liquid. Strange weeds start growing from the crater and on anything the liquid touched, including the farmer.


Great movie review by Cody! Stephen King actually based this story as well as his novel "The Tommyknockers" on the premise of an old H.P. Lovecraft short story called "The Colour Out of Space", which was about a meteorite that crashes into Earth outside of a small town, then is broken open and the strange 'colourful' substance inside slowly starts to suck the life force out of everyone and everything in the surrounding countryside.

You can read the H.P. Lovecraft story here: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/cs.aspx
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