CREEPSHOW COLLECTOR’S EDITION BLU-RAY REVIEW

Starring: Stephen King, Joe Hill, Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, E.G. Marshall, Ted Danson, Tom Savini, Tom Atkins, Viveca Lindfors
Written by: Stephen King
Directed by: George A. Romero
Original Year of Release: 1982
Rated: R
Run Time: 2hrs

Creepshow was and is the perfect late-night cable movie. You caught it in bits and pieces and you were never fully aware of what you were watching. It is a dark and twisted collection of stories that leave you wanting more (sadly, the sequels do not hold up). Personally, it was strange to see Sam "May Day" Malone, from Cheers, in a horror movie. This was also the first time I saw Leslie Nielsen in a movie. For some, he is the Naked Gun guy, for others, he is the Captain in Forbidden Planet. For me, he is Richard Vickers from Creepshow. Thankfully, Creepshow has always been there for me. First and foremost, for those long Halloween nights when I didn't go to a party. And, furthermore, to prove that a Comic Book can be translated into a motion picture properly.

In case you don't know, Creepshow was written for the screen by Stephen King ("The Shining” and "The Stand") and directed by George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, and Dawn of the Dead). It is a collection of stories culminating in 6 total and each delivers a level of fright and fun that rarely graces the silver screen anymore. Each story could stand on its own as a Twilight Zone or a Tales from the Crypt. So let's get to it, shall we?

"Father's Day"
To celebrate the anniversary of the passing of a family’s patriarch, his heirs get together and celebrate the old bastard's life. Known to everyone and yet only whispered about is that his daughter, Bedelia (Viveca Lindfors), killed him with an ashtray (look for it in all the stories) on Father's Day. As the family waits for her to arrive, we get a sense that each of them is as crappy as the next. This is one you will want to watch on Father's Day as well as to marvel at how much hair a young Ed Harris had.

"Something to Tide You Over"
This one was actually the first segment I saw late night on cable when my parents were out of town. Richard (Leslie Nielsen) catches Harry (Ted Danson) having an affair with his wife. At gunpoint, Richard forces Harry to bury himself, up to his neck, in the sand at the beach. As the tide comes in, Harry watches as his life expectancy gets shorter and shorter with the rolling in of the tide. It's dark, funny, and Nielsen and Danson play off one another beautifully.

"The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill"
This is a one-man show and features Stephen King himself as Jordy Verrill. Poor old Jordy witnesses a meteor fall to Earth and before he can take off to make his fortune, he notices something strange on his had where he touched the space rock. Think of the old man in The Blob and add the color green. It also makes you wonder why King didn't do more acting.

"The Crate"
Henry (Hal Holbrook), a college professor, cannot stand his loudmouth drunk of a wife Wilma (Adrienne Barbeau). The opportunity arises for Henry to feed her to a beast that has been sleeping under the stairs for the last 137 years, so of course, he takes it. Barbeau is fantastic here and quickly makes you see how anyone, given the same circumstances would do exactly the same thing. How far are we willing to go for our freedom and sanity? As far as the crate, I suppose.

"They're Creeping Up On You"
Upson Pratt (E.G. Marshall) is probably one of the first hypochondriacs ever portrayed on screen. Well, probably one of the most extreme, anyway. What happens when this not so nice man meets his nemesis (an invasion of cockroaches)? It is the type of horrific tale that will make your skin crawl.

The Collector's Edition
A couple of years ago, I would have said that the special features and the 4K scan of the film had all the earmarks of a Criterion Collection release. However, now I find myself with more Scream Factory releases populating my shelf than Criterion ones. To simply put it, Scream Factory is diving into the horror pool collecting and gathering original and new content for each film that fans want to see. I used to eat up the Behind-the-Scene looks at movies on Entertainment Tonight, HBO, and wherever I could find them. Now, with the passage of time and no restraints on what these actors, creators, crew, and directors can say, we get a better appreciation of what went into the making of these films. In short, this is what all film fans, horror or otherwise, want in a collector's edition release. Again, thank you, Scream Factory. I think it’s time to get a new shelf because you just don't disappoint.

Creepshow Bonus Features
  • NEW 4K scan of the original camera negative – Color correction supervised and approved by director of photography Michael Gornick
  • Audio Commentary with Director George A. Romero and Special Make-Up Effects Creator Tom Savini
  • NEW Audio Commentary with director of photography Michael Gornick
  • NEW Audio Commentary with composer/first assistant director John Harrison and construction co-ordinator Ed Fountain
  • NEW Terror and the Three Rivers – a round table discussion on the making of Creepshow with John Amplas, Tom Atkins, Tom Savini and Marty Schiff
  • NEW The Comic Book Look – an interview with costume designer Barbara Anderson
  • NEW Ripped From The Pages – an interview with animator Rick Catizone
  • NEW The Colors of Creepshow – a look at the restoration of Creepshow with director of photography Michael Gornick
  • NEW Into The Mix – an interview with sound re-recordist Chris Jenkins
  • NEW Mondo Macabre – A look at Mondo’s various Creepshow posters with Mondo Co-Founder Rob Jones and Mondo Gallery events planner Josh Curry
  • NEW Collecting Creepshow – a look at some of the original props and collectibles from the film with collector Dave Burian
  • Audio Interviews with director of photography Michael Gornick, actor John Amplas, property master Bruce Alan Miller, and make-up effects assistant Darryl Ferrucci
  • Tom Savini’s Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – a look at the original film locations hosted by Sean Clark
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailers
  •  TV Spot
  •  Radio Spots
  • Still Galleries – Posters, Lobby Cards and Movie Stills
  • Still Galleries – Behind the Scenes photos
10 Total Score
A CLASS ON ITS OWN

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