Creepshow (1982)

Stephen King and George A. Romero’s “Creepshow” is the sort of horror movie that’s aged poorly and has severe pacing issues, but works anyways because it’s so damn charming. The first segment, “Father’s Day,” manages to set the mood very well, thanks to its comic book interjections and Halloween-at-midnight vibe, and it’s immediately followed by the charming “The Lonely Death of Jordy Verrill,” which approximates the tone and mood of 1950s outer-space horrors like “The Blob,” but is rather strained by King’s ludicrous performance. The third segment, “Something to Tide You Over,” is its strongest thanks to terrific performances by Ted Danson and a genuinely sinister Leslie Nielsen, not to mention a mounting sense of dread that only gets more acute and pronounced as it goes along. Unfortunately, the last two – “The Crate” and “They’re Creeping Up on You” – manage to mars the overall experience thanks to pacing and editing issues, and at two hours, the movie is simply too long to maintain its gleeful B-horror vibe. But on the way there, it’s a lot of fun and should be watched by all horror fans at least once.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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