A successful of rejuvenating horror tales!
As if right out of an EC Comic, Creepshow uses a variety of colored lights and gobos. Still painting morphs into real footage, then back to comic world to isolate each of the 5 segments. The wrap-around story centers on the frustrations of a young boy who gets physically abused by his father, and is, in itself, a strong story featuring unique effects and surreal sociopath characters.
There’s something for everyone in this anthology, namely evil ex-lovers, monsters, alien forms, plants, bugs and revenants. There’s light humor and always a comical lesson to be learned; mostly through situation reversals. The acting is solid and delivered by familiar names who provide delightful caricatural performances. Both the protagonists and the antagonists make quite an impression.
The gore design and the creature costumes aren't targeting realism, but they are scary nonetheless. Based on Stephen King’s writing and directed by the excellent George A. Romero, the movie is well-structured, well-paced, concise, and displays an impressive level of uniformity across its different tales. Creepshow is unarguably one of the best horror anthologies out there.