Day Seventeen – What is your favorite 80’s horror movie?
CREEPSHOW (1982) d: George A. Romero
Once again, how do you pick something from such a vast selection of movie options? As with the rest of my picks I just go with my personal favorites. So for my favorite horror movie from the 1980’s (must I only pick one?) I decided to go with a film that means a great deal to me. George Romero’s ‘Creepshow’.
I somehow convinced my dad to take me to see this in the theatre when I was a kid. How? I have no idea. But I did and I loved every minute of it. Except for “The Crate” which I watched from the lobby. The doors into the theatre had these small round windows so I was able to peak in but I couldn’t make it through that one. heh I first came across the comic book adaptation a few months before the film came out. I was fascinated by it. The tales of graphic horror. The artwork. The stories were so much fun and creepy. When the movie came out I had to see it. An homage to the old EC Comics like Tales From The Crypt and Vault Of Horror ‘Creepshow’ is made up of five tales and told with a sense of comic book visuals using comic book panels as transitions. Dead murdered relatives coming back for revenge, a meteorite turning a guy into a plant, a doomed love affair of revenge, a very hungry crate living creature, and cockroaches. Lots of cockroaches. All written by Stephen King and directed with humor, scares, and flare by the great George Romero. Plus featuring a really incredible cast with Leslie Nielsen, Ed Harris, Viveca Lindfors, Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook, EG Marshall, Ted Danson, and even Stephen King himself. Not only did I convince my dad to take me to see it in the theatre but I somehow convinced my parents to buy the brand new VHS (which back in the day meant it was like $65). I was, and am, fascinated by the film and love every minute of it.
It is also one of the few films I love collecting everything for. Posters, lobby cards, the press kit, soundtracks. Anything I can get my hands on. It is also the film that introduced me to Fangoria magazine when I was a kid which had a huge impact on me. If I hadn’t seen something from ‘Creepshow’ on the cover I may not have picked up that issue of The Bloody Best Of Fangoria which eventually led me to getting the actual magazine starting with issue number 52.