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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 

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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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Creepshow
Reply #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Nick Murgatroyd
I am Creepshow's number one fan. I have seen this movie probably around 70 times. (Seriously). It is the best horror films ever made and the greatest anthology of all time. If you haven't yet seen Creepshow, you don't realise just what the f**k you're missing out on! See this now!!
Also, I have my own amazingly impressive Creepshow website you can go check it out @ www.the-creepshow.com!

My favorite tale in Creepshow would have to be, Something To Tide You Over. An absolute classic.

See this now!!
Creepshow
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Stu Baker
This is my 3rd favourite film of all time.

I first saw this in the cinema back in '82/83 when this baby got released. I remember being extremely tense through Father's Day at the time and now I've fallen in love with near about everything in the film from the scary King kid at the beginning, the fantastic (should of gotten an award) hand drawn titles at the beginning, the cool music and cheesy sound effects (my personal favourite being the synth at the end of the 'Tide' section), to pausing the video to read everything in the comic when you see it!

The lighting comic book effect is great. Although being really dissapointed with Creepshow II, I would love to see a Stephen King influenced Creepshow III.

You'll never have so much fun being scared? Sums it up.
Creepshow
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by James Perry
This is a 5 slimer!  I think the reviewer just made a mistake.

My family LOVES this film.  It's a yearly halloween tradition...saw the DVD in WalMarts cheapo hopper.  Good quality.

Favorite story is the one with the monster in the box.  Scared the crap out of me when I originally saw it.  Mom likes the Father's Day bit.  I spill my popcorn everytime pappy pops out of the grave.  But if you ask mom her favorite line it would be;  TELL IT TO CALL YOU BILLIE....  Funniest bit is when junior screams:  OH MY GOD!! in Father's Day.  Stephen King is hilariously cheezy.  

Creepshow
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Kooshmeister
Well, what can I say? I absolutely adore this movie! I saw it way back in the early 90's, when my sister's friend brought it over and we all watched it. Last month I got it on DVD, and it's a crying shame there's no special features worth mentioning. A commentary by Stephen King and George Romero would've rocked! Anyway, the movie as a whole is great, a work of art as far as I'm concerned, a brilliant concept thrown together by two of the best names in the horror/sci-fi business. But what about the individual stories? Hmm, let's see:

Father's Day
"Wheeere's my caaake? I waaant it! It's miiine!" One of my three favorites, because I just love the concept. of all the reasons to come back from the dead, old Nathan Grantham comes back . . . for cake! However, of my three favorites, it's the one I like the least. It starts off good, with a lot of nice buildup, but then it ends too abruptly. In particular, I've always thought the scene of Hank exploring the graveyard was far too long and drawn out, and came to a wimpy conclusion . . . I mean, we don't even get to see his head get squished! What a ripoff!

The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verril
"I'm growin'!" Meh, this one is okay simply because of Stephen King's performance as Jordy. If it hadn't been him, I'd really hate this one. it's got some funny bits, but it's too slow and comes to a very anti-climactic ending. And the makeup effects? Jordy looks less like a plant thing at the end than he does a Muppet of some kind.

Something to Tide You Over
"Heeere we cooome! It's shooow tiime!" Oh, yeah! Second of my three favorites. Very suspenseful and entertaining, and a good performance by Leslie Nielson in an unusually serious role . . . well, serious compared to some of his other movies. I just love the ending, too, with Richard's much deserved comeuppance.

The Crate
"He wanted to measure the bite marks, Henry!" Third of my favorites, and arguably the one I enjoyed the most. Scared the crap out of me when I first watched it way back when, but now I watch it all the time. Unusually gory compared to the previous stories (unless you count Sylvia getting her ehad twisted off in 'Father's Day'), but that's to be expected when there's a man-eating ambominable snowman running around. The scenes of Dexter sitting there, paralyzed with fear, watching the thing violently kill his friends is the stuff horror's all about. And do I need to say that the best part was when the thing got Wilma, er, I mean 'Billie?'

They're Creeping Up on You!
"Pratt! You old finkster! Oh, I hope you die! I hope you DIE! I HOPE YOU DIIIE!" In a word, gross. Upson Pratt is just about the meanest, most awful excuse for a human being to be found in this film. It was fun seeing him spiral into madness, before finally dying of a heart attack, as thousands of cockroaches invade his apartment. The only reason I don't really like this one is it's boring for the most part, like 'The Lonesome Daeth of Jordy Verril.' Still, the ending is classic. Seeing a swarm of roaches burst out of a dead man's chest is about the most disgusting thing I've ever seen.

So, anyway, that's my thoughts on the differant segments. All combined, they make one darn good, fun movie. :)
Creepshow
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by pred19
Man, this is an AWESOME movie! I bought it for five bucks the other day, and watched the whole thing through for the first time. This is the epitome of a good horror movie: directed by George Romero, written by Stephen King, and with makeup by Tom Savini (the latter two make guest appearences in the movie!) It takes all of the comic-book style from 'Dawn of the Dead' and amps it up a trillion times. The zombies (particularly the water-ghost ones) are awesome, and the monkey-monster from 'The Crate' was even better! The whole movie was so stylishly done, with such macabre twists and murders and effects that I couldn't help but smile half the time. The music was perfect, the lighting was perfect (red and blue washouts whenever someone screams) and the stories SURPASSED some of the old EC comics I've read.

I first saw some of 'Creepshow' at my friend's house when I was eight or so, and it scared the hell out of me. I saw the opening 'Father's Day' one, and the zombie in that gave me nightmares, and I saw some of the 'Tide' chapter (which was even MORE scary) and a little of 'The Crate' (my favorite) which scared me for months to follow. Now, watching it for the third time in three days (hopelessly hooked) it's not so much scary as it is campy, totally over-the-top, with an incredible cast and excellent special effects.

My favorite is definitely 'The Crate', followed by the Stephen King one (the title is kind of a spoiler), and then the 'Tide' chapter with Leslie Neilson (who played an excellent madman). I loved 'The Crate' because it doesn't follow logic at all: the whole idea that a killer monkey from a mysterious 'Arctic Expedition' in 1834 is WAY cooler than if it had been, say, only ten years ago. It's much more genuine and faithful to the EC comics. The Stephen King one was just as good, albeit less gory, with really cool plant effects. I think he used that story as a basis for his novel 'Dreamcatcher'. That voodoo doll ending was cool too, although pretty disturbing.

I've been trying to get a copy of the full-sized comic adaptation of Creepshow (kinda ironic) but apparently it's out of print. Too bad.
Creepshow
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by James Perry
Remembered something I had seen some time ago in the 80s.  A blooper real on TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes.  It was a whole bunch of em from Creepshow.  So...why didn't they include them?  I guess too much freaking trouble.  Me and a friend spent weeks doing one of them.  From TIDE:

"You can't kill us cause we're already Dead"
"We're aaaalready, dead"
"You can't kill us we're already dead"
"You already said that."
{laughter}

It's very funny because they're doing the voices and everything.  
Creepshow
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by john
  I don't think the second segment was based on the blob at all, based on an origianl  King story that may have been called 'weeds' but not sure.
  Always loved the third part.  Very much like an EC comic story by Ingles that I read once.
  Neilson, Marshall's comments, Nate and fluffy are the highlights for me.  
Creepshow
Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Dave Munger
I think The Twilight Zone must have spoiled me, because I didn't like this. I kept wanting something extra at the end of each segment, a big irony or something. I was especially dissapointed by the end of the tide one, I wanted them to survive and/or get revenge in a really trick way, maybe involving somehow having made a fake videotape. That ending could have been tacked onto anything about people getting murdered. What was funny about the plant segment, the guy being a hayseed?
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