Written by John Edward Betancourt
In this golden era of comic book motion pictures and stories, it's fun to go back and look at the films that came before the juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Especially when one of those films that helped shape the landscape of the future turned out to be a George Romero horror film named Creepshow.
Yes, Romero's fine visual work, brought forth from Stephen King's screenplay that served as their personal homage to E.C. Comics from the 1950's is a flick that I sat down to watch once again to see how well it has held up over the years and if there is anything surprising that I have missed after all this time and man, what a treat it was to return to this disturbingly fun motion picture.
The irony is, this is one of those rare works between two prolific storytellers that is actually devoid of deeper social meaning or commentary. This is a pure through and through scare fest that still remains a big time love letter to their youth, but this is a film that continues to withstand the test of time for so many reasons, the first and most important one being the fact that holy cow, this movie is so much absolute fun. Every single story stands on its own as a unique and fascinating horror film since the motion picture offers so much diversity in its storytelling, I was still enthralled with the places that each individual tale of terror took us.
The scares still disturb me after all this time, thanks to the unique way that Romero shot the film, making use of heavy comic book style colors in frame to disguise the violence as it occurs. In fact you want to turn away when the blood begins to flow, but the red light that suddenly appears disguises it just enough to keep your eyes glued to the screen, drawing you into the nightmare and leaving you about as uncomfortable as you can get.
I'm quite happy to say that this one continues to endure simply because it appears timeless. At times it comes off as the 1980's horror film that it is, before transitioning into a 1940's horror pulp film, or a 50's sci-fi horror classic, or when you get to "The Crate" or "They're Creeping Up on You" you're simply trapped in an unknown era where horrible things occur. Being able to combine so many eras of classic horror and contemporary horror, this is a film that one can fawn over again and again. I certainly know that I have and this remains one of my favorites from George Romero to this day and it's one that shows just how diverse and talented he truly is as a filmmaker.