Creepshow (1982)

USA, 1982
117m (Netherlands), 118m (UK), 120m (USA)
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.66:1 (negative ratio), 1.85:1 (intended ratio)
Dolby, English

An American horror film directed by George A. Romero.

Plot Summary

A five part anthology of horror stories:

1: Father’s Day: an old man returns from the grave to claim the Father’s Day cake made for him by the daughter who murdered him.

2: The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill: A dim-witted farmer is transformed by his contact with a meteor that crashes on his land and starts to turn everything around it into vegetation.

3. Something To Tide You Over: A vengeful husband buries his wife and her lover up to their necks on the beach and waits for the tide to come in as he abuses and torments them.

4. The Crate: A crate is delivered to a college professor that contains something very nasty, something that will eventually come face to face with the professor’s shrewish wife.

5. They’re Creeping Up On You: An eccentric businessman, obsessed with cleanliness, locks himself away in his spotless apartment and falls foul of a cockroach infestation.


Director: George A. Romero
Laurel Entertainment
Executive Producer: Salah M. Hassanein
Producer: Richard P. Rubinstein
Script/Short Stories: Stephen King
Director of Photography: Michael Gornick
Editors: Michael Spolan (Father’s Day, They’re Creeping Up On You); Pasquale Buba (The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill); George A. Romero (Something To Tide You Over); Paul Hirsch (The Crate)
Music: John Harrison, Michelle Dibucci
Costume Designer: Barbara Anderson
Special Effects Make-up: Tom Savini
Scenic Special Effects: Cletus Anderson
Production Designer: Cletus Anderson

Iva Jean Saraceni (Billy’s mother)
Joe King (Billy)
Tom Atkins (Billy’s father)
Marty Schiff (1st garbageman)
Tom Savini (2nd garbageman)

1. Father’s Day
Carrie Nye (Aunt Sylvia Grantham)
Viveca Lindfors (Aunt Bedalia)
Elizabeth Regan (Cass Blaine)
Ed Harris (Hank Blaine)
Warner Shook (Richard Grantham)
Jon Lormer (Nathan Grantham)
John Amplas (Nathan Grantham’s copse)
Nann Mogg (Mrs Danvers)
Peter Messer (Yarbro)

2. The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill
Stephen King (Jordy Verrill)
Bingo O’Malley (Jordy’s father)

3. Something To Tide You Over
Leslie Nielsen (Richard Vickers)
Gaylen Ross (Becky Vickers)
Ted Danson (Harry Wentworth)

4. The Crate
Hal Holbrook (Henry Northrup)
Adrienne Barbeau (Wilma Northrup)
Fritz Weaver (Professor Dexter Stanley)
Don Keefer (Mike the janitor)
Robert Harper (Charlie Gereson)
Cletus Anderson (host)
Katie Karlowitz (maid)
Chuck Aber (Richard Raymond)
Christine Forrest (Tabitha Raymond)
Darryl Ferrucci (Fluffy – uncredited)
Charles Van Eman (bartender – uncredited)

5. They’re Creeping Up On You
E.G. Marshall (Upson Pratt)
David Early (Mr White)

Alternative Titles

Die Unheimlich verrückte Geisterstunde – Germany

Creepshow 2 (1987)
Creepshow 3 (2006)

Extracts included in
Scream Greats Volume 1: Tom Savini, Master of Horror Make-up (1986)



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  • Cinefantastique vol.12 no.1 (February 1982) p.6 – note
  • Cinefantastique vol.12 no.2 (April 1982) pp.16-21 – illustrated article
  • Cinefantastique vol.13 no.1 (September/October 1982) pp.17-35; 46 – article, interview; review
  • Cinefantastique vol.13 no.2/3 (November/December 1982) p.10 – interview
  • Cinefantastique vol.13 no.4 (April/May 1983) p.56 – review
  • L’Écran Fantastique no.25 (1982) pp.30-32; 33-37; 38 – review; interview
  • Fangoria no.18 pp.16-19 – interview
  • Fangoria no.238 (November 2004) pp.50-55 – illustrated interview with Stephen King (Stephen King’s scariest movie moments by Anthony Timpone)
  • Fangoria no.293 (May 2010) pp.46-47 – illustrated interview with George A. Romero (Romero on Romero by Chris Alexander)
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  • Film Score Monthly vol.8 no.8 (September 2003) pp.33-34 – illustrated soundtrack review (Score: reviews of CDs by Cary Wong)
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  • Halls of Horror no.27 p.19 – note
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.274 no.19 (12 November 1982) pp.3, 54 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.49 no.586 (November 1982) pp.260-261 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Product Digest vol.10 no.12 (1 December 1982) p.46 – review
  • Prevue no.47 (April/May 1982) pp.61-63 – review
  • Scream no.80 (September/October 2023) pp.22-31 – illustrated article (The films of Stephen King (1976-1999) Part One by Barry McCann)
  • Screen International no.284 (21 March 1981) p.12 – review
  • Screen International no.320 (28 March 1981) p.3 – note
  • Screen International no.368 (6 November 1982) p.18 – review
  • Shivers no.36 p.28 – review
  • Starburst no.44 (1982) pp.46-50 – interview
  • Starlog no.64 pp.10-11 – interview
  • Total Movie February/March 2001 pp.78-82 – illustrated interview with George A. Romero (Don of the dead by Steve Palopoli)
  • Variety 26 May 1982 p.17 – credits, synopsis, review


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  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.232-235 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright pp.249-250 – credits, review
  • The Pocket Essential: George A. Romero by Tom Fallows and Curtis Owen pp.64-71 – article
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester pp.102-103
  • Zombie by Allan Bryce (ed) pp.41-47 – illustrated article (Tom Savini – Sultan of splatter by Allan Bryce)
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle p.38-40