Creepshow (1982 franchise)

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Summary

A series of anthology horror film collaborations between George A. Romero and Stephen King; many consider Creepshow 3 (2007) to be a sequel in-name-only, and some of the cast and crew from the first two films consider Tales from the Darkside, the Movie (1990) to be a more faithful spiritual successor to the series.

  • Creepshow (1982), AKA Creep Show, Stephen King's Creepshow, Creephsow: Tales of Terror
  • Cat's Eye (1985)
  • Creepshow 2 (1987)
  • Tales from the Darkside (1990)
  • Creepshow 3 (2007) (no involvement from George Romero or Stephen King)


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MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content, Nudity, Sexual Situations)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)

Written by Stephen King in the style of comic books inspired by classic pulp horror, this anthology does include a couple of King's more "Lovecraftian" tales; "Lovecraftians" may find the stories "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill", "The Crate", and "The Raft" are especially similar in tone to Lovecraft's fiction.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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Synopsis

An anthology series of short stories written by Stephen King in imitation of comic books written in the tradition of pulp horror stories...

  • CREEPSHOW (1982) -
    • "Creepshow" - A young boy, abused by his father for reading a Creepshow comic; the next day, two garbage collectors find the comic in the trash, with a coupon for a novelty voodoo doll strangely missing, while the father finds himself plagued by mysterious stabbing pains....
    • "Father's Day" - A miserly and abusive gangster, murdered by his family, returns from the grave on Father's Day.
    • "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" - based on the "Lovecraftian" Stephen King short story, "Weeds", a backwoods yokel discovers a meteorite filled with alien life....
    • "Something to Tide You Over" - A wealthy psychopath meets his doom after he buries his wife and her lover up to their necks in the sand at low tide, and watches over closed-circuit TV cameras from the comfort of his mansion as they drown in the incoming high tide....
    • "The Crate" - A "Horlicks University" college custodian release a buried nightmare from a wooden storage crate hidden under a staircase for 147 years....
    • "They're Creeping Up on You" - a ruthless businessman with a fear of germs lives in a hermetically-sealed penthouse apartment, where he finds himself suddenly besieged by a supernatural infestation of cockroaches....
  • CAT'S EYE (1985) -
    • "Cat's Eye" - A down-on-its-luck stray cat is chased by a St. Bernard dog and a red 1958 Plymouth Fury (in nods to other Stephen King stories), onto a harrowing cross-country trip, while answering a plea for help from a little girl in mortal danger.
    • "Quitters, Inc." - A smoker joins a quit-smoking scheme operated by ruthless and fanatical mobsters.
    • "The Ledge" - A sadistic gangster forces his wife's lover to creep around a dangerous ledge near the penthouse level of a sky-rise apartment building.
    • "General" - the stray cat from the wrap-around story is adopted into the girl's family, who are unaware that the girl is being menaced at night by a malevolent troll.
  • CREEPSHOW 2 (1987) -
    • "Billy" - A deivery truck arrives with the latest issue of Creepshow, while Billy, a boy hounded by bullies, awaits feeding time for the novelty Venus Flytraps he has ordered from the comic.
    • "Old Chief Wood'n'Head" - A wooden cigar stoor Indian comes to life after an elderly couple try to call in collateral for debts incurred by a local tribe.
    • "The Raft" - A group of young adults go skinny-diping in a remote lake where swimming is forbidden.
    • "The Hitch-Hiker" - An adulteress is haunted by the victim of her hit-and-run accident.
  • TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, THE MOVIE (1990) -
    • "Intro" - A suburban witch is about to serve young Timmy to her dinner guests; to stall her, the boy tells her three stories from a book called Tales from the Darkside...
    • "Lot 249" - From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short story about an Egyptology student's reanimated mummy...
    • "Cat From Hell" - A Stephen King story about an eccentric old man who hires a hit man to assassinate a cat for $100,000.
    • "Lover's Vow" - Based on a traditional Japanese Yokai story about a man who witnesses a killing committed by a hideous monster, and is then forced to promise it that he will tell nobody the story.
  • CREEPHSOW 3 (2007, created without the involvement of George Romero or Stephen King, and poorly-received compared to the earlier films):
    • "Wraparound" - Characters from the stories collide with each other at a hotdog stand.
    • "Alice" - An experimental remote control transforms a troubled family, with references to "Alice in Wonderland".
    • "The Radio" - A troubled security guard recieves orders from a disembodied voice on his radio.
    • "Call Girl" - A serial-killer call girl's latest victim turns out to be much harder to kill than her previous victims....
    • "The Professor's Wife" - A professor's strange fiance is not what she appears to be....
    • "Haunted Dog" - A homeless man dies after eating the hotdog a miserly doctor gave him after dropping it on the ground....


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