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In 1982, {{horror}} author Creator/StephenKing teamed up with zombiemeister George Romero and special effects wizard Creator/TomSavini to make ''Creepshow'', an anthology {{film}} that paid homage to 1950s horror comic books like ''TalesFromTheCrypt'' from Creator/ECComics. It featured an all-star cast (including LeslieNielsen, Creator/EdHarris, Ted Danson, Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Adrienne Barbeau's cleavage, and Creator/StephenKing himself) and told five stories:

#''Father's Day'': Bedelia Grantham's domineering father Nathan had her boyfriend killed. That Father's Day, she proceeded to bash Dad's head in with an ashtray as he yammered loudly for his cake. But you can't keep a hungry man down. Nathan wants his cake, and a little thing like dying isn't going to keep him from getting it.
#''The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill'': Backwoods hick Jordy Verrill (King) thinks his financial woes are solved when a meteor crashes into his front yard, and he intends to sell it to a local college professor. But Jordy's hopes for both fortune and survival are dashed when the meteor turns out to contain a parasitic alien plant. Partially inspired by Creator/HPLovecraft's ''The Colour Out of Space''.
#''Something to Tide You Over'': Control freak Richard Vickers (Nielsen), upon learning that his wife, Becky, is sleeping around with well-to-do beach bum Harry Wentworth (Danson), enacts a sadistic revenge upon them: by burying them in the sand below the high tide line at his stretch of private beach. Richard is certain they'll be gone once they drown. Unfortunately, he never saw ''Father's Day''. Otherwise he'd know that death isn't always the end.
#''The Crate'': An old crate is found underneath the stairs at a prestigious university. Upon being opened by Professor Dexter Stanley and janitor Mike Latimer, it turns out to contain an ancient and ferocious beast. After the thing kills and eats Mike and a grad student, Dexter goes to his colleague Henry Northrup (Holbrook) for help. Henry is married to a cruel shrew of a woman named Wilma (Barbeau and her cleavage), and a flesh-eating monster is a tempting alternative to divorce.
#''They're Creeping Up on You!'': Upson Pratt, a loathsome, racist, eccentric, germophobic billionaire, hates pretty much everybody. He treats his hard-working employees like dirt while he rules his multinational business empire from a sterile, germ-proof apartment. After driving a business rival to suicide, Pratt finds out the hard way that sometimes, if grieving widows wish hard enough, they can make lots of killer roaches invade his domicile.\\
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In addition, it had a FramingDevice of a young boy named Billy who reads the eponymous ''Creepshow'' comic while enduring abuse from his father.

It had a less well-received (but still mostly good) sequel, ''Film/{{Creepshow 2}}'', which was followed by the unofficial and nowhere near as popular ''[[InNameOnly Creepshow 3]]''.

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!!Tropes used in this film:

* AbsoluteCleavage: It's Adrienne frickin' Barbeau!
* AbusiveParents:
** Nathan Grantham is the dad from hell.
** The little boy's father in the framing story is a real scumbag, too.
--->That's why God created fathers.
* AdaptationDistillation: Though it's not an official adaptation ([[Film/ECComics and there were such films already]]), many feel Romero and King perfectly captured the spirit of the old EC comics, right down to the movie being deliberately over the top and full of {{Narm}}.
* AlcoholicParent: Dad in the framing story, as per the Creator/StephenKing DrinkingGame.
* AssholeVictim: By the bucket-full.
* AteHisGun: [[spoiler: Poor Jordy..]]
* AuthorAppeal: Stephen King adores ECComics, and this project (and the related comic book tie-in) is his homage.
** Jordy is one of a long line of people with the last name Verrill who dies in some horrible way in some way, shape or form in Stephen King's work.
* BackFromTheDead
* BadassBoast: As the tide rolls in, Harry looks at the camera Richard set up to record his death and lets this fly:
-->'''Harry Wentworth''': ''Richard!'' I'm gonna get you! You hear me, Richard? '''''YOU HEAR ME, RICHARD?''''' I'm going to get you [[CurseCutShort f...]]
-->[a wave washes over his head, cutting him off abruptly]
* BeachBury: Done to both Harry and Becky by Richard with the intent of letting the tide drown them both. [[spoiler:Richard gets the same treatment by the story's end.]]
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Richard is obsessed with cameras.
* BigEater: Staying locked up in a crate for so long must have played hell on the Eldritch Horror's appetite, because he tucks away two full-grown men and still has enough room to fit Henry's wife for dessert.
* BlasphemousBoast: Aunt Bedelia is "older than God."
* BloodyHilarious
* BodyHorror: A fairly moderate example with Jordy. An extremely severe example with Mr. Pratt.
* BreakTheHaughty: What happens to Mr. Pratt.
* CameFromTheSky: The meteor that lands in Jordy's front yard.
* ChekhovsGun: During one of the quick framing sequences that shows additional pages in the comic, there's a brief shot of a mail-in ad for a voodoo doll with that order cut out, but it's quickly passed by as the film moves on to the next segment. [[spoiler: This comes into play at the very end when it's revealed that Billy already sent away for it, and uses it to kill his father in revenge for throwing the comic out at the beginning of the film.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Upson Pratt.
* CreatorCameo: Aside from King as Jordy, Creator/TomSavini is one of the garbagemen at the closing segment of the frame story.
* CreepyCockroach: The "They're Creeping Up On You" segment.
* CulturalStereotypes: Hick Jordy is totally incompetent and all of the rich folks (particularly Upson Pratt) are total dicks.
* DeathByRacism: It isn't really what kills Pratt, but his racist comments to his apartment's ironically-named superintendent, Mr. White, [[KickTheDog don't endear him to us any]].
* DefiantToTheEnd: Richard as he receives his KarmicDeath.
--> ''[[spoiler:I CAN HOLD MY BREATH! I CAN HOLD MY BREATH A '''LOOOONG''' TIME!]]''
* DisproportionateRetribution: How does Richard deal with the news that his wife was cheating on him? He buries her and her lover neck-deep in sand and leaves them to slowly drown when the tide comes in, giving them both a monitor so they can watch one another die.
** Even considering the fact that ECComics morality has a much lower threshold for bloody revenge, it's still hard to see what Hank Blaine did to deserve his death.
** Or Jordy Verrill, for that matter.
** Well, that's another common theme of ECComics stories: bad things can happen to undeserving people simply by their being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
* DrivenToSuicide:
** [[spoiler:Poor Jordy.]]
** Upson Pratt's hostile takeover of a company drives the CEO to suicide - and that absolutely ''delights'' Upson Pratt.
* EightiesHair
* EldritchAbomination: Quite possibly the thing in the crate. It's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld and apparently doesn't need food.
* FamousLastWords / LookBehindYou:
-->'''Wilma:''' Same old Henry; afraid of your own shadow! You know what, Henry, you’re a regular barnyard exhibit. Sheep’s eyes, chicken guts, piggy friends……, and shit for brains! No good at departmental politics, no good at makin’ money, no good at makin’ an impression on anybody,….and no good at all in BED! When was the last time ya got it up, Henry? Huh? When was the last time you were a man in our bed? Now get outta my way, Henry, or I swear to God you’ll be wearin’ your balls for earrings!
** "Just tell it to call you Billie!"
** "Please, God, let my luck be in! Just this once. Please, God, just this-"
* FanDisservice: Ed Harris, ''disco dancing''. Aaaaaaaaaaah!
* FauxAffablyEvil: Richard puts on a friendly facade as he's extracting his revenge. He talks to Harry almost like he's meeting an old friend he hasn't seen in a while, while arranging to bury him alive and drown him and gloating about how he already murdered his wife.
* FluffyTheTerrible: The monster in ''The Crate'' [[ProductionNickname was nicknamed]] "[[TropeNamer Fluffy]]" by Creator/TomSavini.
* FramingStory
* FreezeFrameBonus: Oh so much. It's fun to pause the video to read the letters page or some of The Creep's {{Deadpan Snark|er}}ing. For example, at the end of ''The Crate'', in the final comic book frame, the Creep snarks, "Oh, Henry. You didn't think you could ''drown'' your fears that easily?"
** That ghoul puts the [[TalesFromTheCrypt Crypt Keeper]] to shame, particularly in Bernie Wrightson's tie-in comic adaptation.
* GenreSavvy: The first place Richard shoots when he's confronted by waterlogged corpses? The head, and subsequently the eye, too bad...
* GunsAreWorthless: ''Something to Tide You Over.''
** On the other hand, a shotgun does [[spoiler: save Jordy from a FateWorseThanDeath.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Literally. Blue screen.
* HongKongDub: There's a very obvious ADR insert where Billie refers to an advice columnist as "that etiquette crotch", while the disgusted faces of the other party guests show [[CountryMatters why the line was probably edited later]].
* HuntingAccident: Bedelia Grantham's beau was a victim of this.
* IAteWhat: Guess what was in the cereal, Mr. Pratt?
* IfICantHaveYou: Richard admits he's no longer in love with his wife, but she belongs to ''him'', and he ''keeps'' what he ''owns''.
* IKnowYoureWatchingMe: Harry's FamousLastWords.
-->'''Harry:''' RICHARD! I'm going to ''get'' you. I'm going to ''get'' you.
* ImagineSpot / IndulgentFantasySegue: Henry and Jordy both have more than one of these in their respective segments, with Henry imagining offing his wife, and Jordy playing through various possible outcomes regarding the meteor.
* ImmuneToBullets
* {{Jerkass}}: Upson Pratt.
** To be fair, nearly everyone in the film is a complete asshole, save a few exceptions - most notably Jordy, Hank and Dexter.
* KarmaHoudini: Arguably Dexter and Henry.
** Nathan definitely. Normally, death would definitely be a be-all-to-end-all karmic ending to a [[JerkAss guy like]] [[ManipulativeBastard him]]. But because this is a horror film with supernatural elements, not so in his case.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: In the ending, the boy kills his abusive father with a voodoo doll that he mail ordered from an ad in the comic that was thrown out.]]
* [[KillerSpaceMonkey Killer Eldritch Monkey]]: The thing in the crate looks like a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] baboon. In King's original short story, it was more like a badger or wolverine, as befits its icy origins.
* MoodWhiplash: The film swings from horror to comedy and back in an eyeblink.
* NotOfThisEarth: Jordy's meteor.
* NiceGuy: Hank, the only one in the Grantham house hold to be an in law. Unlike his wife and her sister, who are absolute snobs, he doesn't do or say anything malicious or morbid. He was naturally curious about the story involving Nathan and the only reason why he went out to the graveyard was to see if Bedelia was ok. Sylvia could qualify too as she isn't as rude or malicious as the other two in her clan.
* NeckSnap: Nathan Grantham unleashes the ultimate neck-snapping kill with no effort whatsoever.
* OhCrap: Harry when seeing the incoming tide.
-->'''Harry:''' ... Oh my God...
* OlderThanTheyLook: Despite being "older than God," Great Aunt Bedelia actually looks a decade younger than Aunt Sylvia.
* OffscreenTeleportation
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Despite this being directed by George Romero, the zombies in this movie don't follow the classic Romero movies. Richard even tried to shoot Wentworth and Becky in the head, but it was a NoSell.
* OutWithABang: {{Lampshaded}} by Upton Pratt to Mrs. Katzenmeyer about her husband's suicide.
* PapaWolf: A behind the scenes moment. Tom Atkins once said, StephenKing was concerned about the scene where the father hit his son. Said son was played by King's real life son Creator/JoeHill. However the father played by Atkins assured him that during the scene he would [[MeanCharacterNiceActor do nothing to hurt Joe.]]
* PetTheDog: When Henry lures Billie back to the lab with a lie about Dex getting into trouble with some girl, she seems genuinely concerned that Dex might have beaten his non-existent lover.
* PlantPerson:
** [[spoiler: With a very sad demise, indeed. Although it's not much of a spoiler, because you did read the title of the second story, right?]]
** [[spoiler: The two zombies in ''Something To Tide You Over'' seem to be made of seaweed, even bleeding greenish-black blood.]]
* PsychicPowers: Psychic ''zombie'' powers, no less; used to bring a tombstone down onto Hank's head. Hank is Ed Harris, by the way.
* RecycledTheSeries: ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'' is the SpiritualSuccessor. ''Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie'' is considered to be the "real" Part Three, since the film that is actually called ''Creepshow 3'' had none of the same people involved.
** And eventually, ''Creepshow's'' [[TalesFromTheCrypt chief inspiration]] was revived as a TV series, maybe even thanks to this movie.
* {{Retraux}}
* RevenantZombie: Nathan Grantham
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Subverted, somewhat. Nathan Grantham doesn't so much come back from the dead to get revenge as he does to just get his darn cake. We say "somewhat" because [[spoiler: he settles for Aunt Sylvia's ''head''.]]
* RuleOfScary: It is never given a good explanation of how the zombies of stories 1 and 3 are re-animated, or how the crate monster was able to survive for many years without needing food, or the cockroach invasion against Pratt. They just happen because they have to. And let's not even talk about zombie Nathan's PsychicPowers...
* SelfDeprecation despite this being a [[NightOfTheLivingDead George A. Romero]] directed movie with Zombies in it, they don't [[OurZombiesAreDifferent die from a headshot.]]
* SocietyMarchesOn / InflationNegation: Upton Pratt's hi-tech apartment costs a mere $3200 a month. In midtown Manhattan.
* SealedEvilInACan: The crate monster.
* SmugSnake: Richard.
* TheyWouldCutYouUp: Jordy Verrill decides not to call a doctor about the alien green growth on his hand because he imagines the "cure" will be to chop off his afflicted fingers. Without anesthetic.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Nathan slips in a few when screaming at Bedelia for his cake. She calls him out on it when sitting at his grave.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Hank lays underneath the tombstone for almost a full minute before Zombie!Nathan gets around to squishing his head with it, far too long to just chalk up to being paralyzed with fear. Guess snobs don't have the "fight or flight" reflex.
** Poor Jordy...
* {{Troperiffic}}
* TheVirus: The green "meteor shit" is an extra-virulent example, able to spread over non-living matter as easily as living.
* UnusualEuphemism: "You [[InherentlyFunnyWords nunkhead!]]"
* UnwantedRevival:
** It's a safe bet that ''no one'' wanted Nathan Grantham to come back from the dead.
** Richard Vickers probably wasn't thrilled with seeing his wife again, either.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Cockroaches?]]
* YouHaveToBelieveMe
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Charlie Gereson was apparently set to win the Nobel Prize before he reached 20, despite looking as though he passed that age milestone about 18 years prior.
* YoureInsane: Harry to Richard. Then Harry realizes he ''is''.
* YouWontFeelAThing: "This is going to be ''extremely'' painful, Mr. Verrill..."

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