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1[[quoteright:310:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/creepshow_poster_02_7632.jpg]]²[-[[caption-width-right:310:The Most Fun You'll Ever Have...BEING SCARED!]]-]²²In 1982, {{horror}} author Creator/StephenKing teamed up with zombiemeister Creator/GeorgeARomero and special effects wizard Creator/TomSavini to make ''Creepshow'', an anthology {{film}} that paid homage to 1950s horror comic books like ''ComicBook/TalesFromTheCrypt'' from Creator/ECComics. It featured an all-star cast (including Creator/LeslieNielsen, Creator/EdHarris, pre-''Series/{{Cheers}}'' Creator/TedDanson, Creator/HalHolbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, and Creator/StephenKing himself) and told five stories:²²#''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.²#''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 "Literature/TheColourOutOfSpace".²#''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.²#''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.²#''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.\²\²In addition, it had a FramingDevice of a young boy named Billy who reads the eponymous ''Creepshow'' comic while enduring abuse from his father.²²It had a less well-received (but still mostly good) sequel, ''Film/{{Creepshow 2}}'', which was followed by the unofficial and nowhere near as popular ''Film/{{Creepshow 3}}''. The film would inspire other EC Comics-style horror anthologies such as ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' and ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside''.²²A 12-episode [[Series/{{Creepshow}} series]] will air on Shudder streaming service beginning September 26, 2019. Here is the official [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inzsKlVR_N8 trailer]]. Like the films, the series will feature horror short stories in each episode. ''Creator/StephenKing'''s story "Survivor Type" has been announced for the pilot episode, along with stories by other horror legends including ''Creator/JoeHill'', ''Creator/JoeRLansdale'', ''Creator/JoshMalerman'' and more. ²²!!! ''[=Creepshow=]'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}} for:²* FluffyTheTerrible (via Creator/TomSavini nicknaming the monster in "The Crate" "Fluffy")²----²!! "The most fun you'll have being troped":²²* AbsoluteCleavage: It's Adrienne frickin' Barbeau!²* AbusiveParents:²** Nathan Grantham is the dad from hell. ²** The little boy's father in the framing story is a real scumbag, too. This one you can check off on the [[DrinkingGame/StephenKing Stephen King Drinking Game]].²--->That's why God created fathers.²*** This actually got Stephen King himself in trouble during filming, as he took Joe - the child actor in the movie, and also his [[RealLifeRelative real-life son]] - out for ice cream after the day's shooting, forgetting that Savini had covered the kid in little cuts and bruises. Fortunately, he was able to explain himself to the police.²* ActorAllusion: In "The Crate," during an ImagineSpot, Creator/HalHolbrook uses a [[Film/MagnumForce .44 Magnum]] to off his character's wife.²* AndIMustScream: Averted in Jordy Verrill's case. He was rapidly transforming into a plant, but he managed to take his own life before losing his autonomy.²* AdaptationDistillation: Though it's not an official adaptation ([[Film/TalesFromTheCrypt 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=].²* AlcoholicParent: Dad in the framing story, as per the Creator/StephenKing DrinkingGame.²* AlienKudzu: The green "meteor shit" is an extra-virulent example, able to spread over living creatures as easily as soil.²* AsYouKnow: An interesting variation on this one, as Bedelia's telling her dead father about his murder and the cover-up while she sits by his grave. Which also informs the ''audience'' everything ''we'' need to know about why he's going to do what he's going to do ''later''.²* AssholeVictim: By the bucket-full. Tragically subverted in ''The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill''.²* AteHisGun: [[spoiler: Poor Jordy..]]²* AuthorAppeal: Stephen King adores Creator/ECComics, and this project (and the related comic book tie-in) is his homage.²* AwfulWeddedLife: In "The Crate," protagonist Henry is married to an alcoholic shrew of a woman named Wilma, and he loathes being married to her so much that he begins to fantasize about killing her.²* AxCrazy: Nathan takes too much damn fun in sadistically offing his family members after he comes back.²* BackFromTheDead: Considering who made this, it's pretty much a given.²* BadassBoast: As the tide rolls in, Harry looks at the camera Richard set up to record his death and lets this fly:²-->'''Harry Wentworth''': ''Richard!'' I'm gonna get you! You hear me, Richard? '''''YOU HEAR ME, RICHARD?''''' I'm going to get you [[CurseCutShort f...]]²-->[a wave washes over his head, cutting him off abruptly]²* {{Bathos}}: True to the old comics, this movie is ''swimming'' in it.²* BigBrotherIsWatching: Richard is obsessed with cameras.²* 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.²* BlackHoleBelly: Referenced in "The Crate", when Henry and Dexter marvel at how the creature can eat so much so quickly, yet still fit into said crate.²* BlasphemousBoast: Aunt Bedelia is "older than God."²* BloodyHilarious²* BodyHorror: A fairly moderate example with Jordy. An extremely severe example with Mr. Pratt.²* BoomHeadshot: Richard tries this on Harry and Becky. Unfortunately for him, they aren't ''that'' kind of undead.²** Dexter does this to his wife in an ImagineSpot.²* BornUnlucky: Jordy Verrill, according to himself. He's not wrong. [[spoiler: Apparently, the luckiest thing to happen to him is that the shotgun ''did'' put him out of his misery.]]²* BrattyFoodDemand: In "Father's Day", we are shown how annoying Nathan Grantham was in life so that we aren't sad when he dies, by showing him banging on the table for what's implied to be hours and screaming to his daughter Bedelia that he wants his Father's Day cake right then.²* BreakTheHaughty: What happens to Richard and Mr. Pratt.²* CameFromTheSky: The meteor that lands in Jordy's front yard.²* 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 VoodooDoll 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.]]²* ColdHam: Leslie Nielsen for the most part manages to be hammy while just wearing a smirk.²* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Upson Pratt. His quip at hearing the person that he bought his company right out from under him committed suicide, from the man's despairing wife?²--->''"Well, I guess that saves me the problem of offering him a spot on the chairman's board."''²* CreatorCameo: Aside from King as Jordy, Creator/TomSavini is one of the garbagemen at the closing segment of the frame story.²* CreepyCockroach: The "They're Creeping Up On You" segment.²* CulturalStereotypes: Hick Jordy is totally incompetent and all of the rich folks (particularly Upson Pratt) are total dicks.²* DeathByRacism: Mr. Pratt, metaphorically. He compares minorities and others to cockroaches. Guess how he dies? (His racist comments to his apartment's ironically-named superintendent, Mr. White, [[KickTheDog don't endear him to us any]], either.)²* DecapitationPresentation: On a ''birthday cake'', no less.²* DefiantToTheEnd: Richard as he receives his KarmicDeath.²--> ''[[spoiler:I CAN HOLD MY BREATH! I CAN HOLD MY BREATH A '''LOOOONG''' TIME!]]''²* DomesticAbuse: Billie's treatment of Henry qualifies as emotional abuse. Also see AbusiveParents.²* DisproportionateRetribution: A big theme of the movie, in keeping with its '50s horror comic inspiration. Characters ranging from truly innocent (Jordy, Hank) to utterly evil (Richard, Upson) meet horrible fates with little regard for what's really deserved.²* DrivenToSuicide:²** [[spoiler:Poor Jordy.]]²** Upson Pratt's hostile takeover of a company drives the CEO to suicide - and that absolutely ''delights'' Upson Pratt.²* EightiesHair²* EmpathicEnvironment: Justified, in that it's a comic book. Even the ''frames'' change mood.²* TheEndOrIsIt:²** [[spoiler: After Jordy Verrill's suicide from]] the alien crabgrass that thrives on water:²--->'''TV Weather Forecaster:''' ...lots of rain. Castle County is going to turn green...²** [[spoiler: The creature bursting out of the crate after Henry's dumped it and the crate in the lake. It looks pissed and Henry's probably going to get a very unfriendly visitor.]]²* FantasyForbiddingFather: The father in the wrap-around story, to an abusive degree (he even thinks it's his God-given right to slap his kid!).²* FamousLastWords[=/=]LookBehindYou:²-->'''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![[note]]"Just tell him to call you 'Billie'!"[[/note]]²** "Please, God, let my luck be in! Just this once. Please, God, just this-"²* FanDisservice: Ed Harris, ''disco dancing''. Aaaaaaaaaaah!²* 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.²* FramingStory²* 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?"²** That ghoul puts the [[ComicBook/TalesFromTheCrypt Crypt Keeper]] to shame, particularly in Bernie Wrightson's tie-in comic adaptation.²** Combined with RewatchBonus, freeze framing it in between the second and third stories makes it easier to notice that [[spoiler: the send-away for the voodoo doll has been cut out.]]²* GunsAreWorthless: ''Something to Tide You Over.''²** On the other hand, a shotgun does [[spoiler: save Jordy from a FateWorseThanDeath.]]²* HeroicBSOD: Literally. Blue screen.²* {{Homage}}: Aside from the obvious ShoutOut to EC Comics, "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" is one to Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheColourOutOfSpace''. See below under ShoutOut for more.²* 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]].²* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: It's Father's Day, and Nathan Grantham wants his cake.²** Also, judging by the jack o'lantern in the family's window, the framing story takes place around Halloween.²* HuntingAccident: Bedelia Grantham's beau was (supposedly) a victim of this.²* IAteWhat: Guess what was in the cereal, Mr. Pratt?²* IKnowYoureWatchingMe: Harry's FamousLastWords.²-->'''Harry:''' RICHARD! I'm going to ''get'' you. I'm going to ''get'' you.²* INeedAFreakingDrink: As the plants grow on Jordy, he ransacks his cabinet for a half-full fifth of Popov, dumps it in a pitcher of O.J., uses the bottle to stir it, and sits down to watch TV with his extra-large screwdriver.²* IdiotPlot: An in-universe example; Jordy's segment only works because Jordy is ignorant, stupid, and desperate, and he even acknowledges near the end that jumping in the bathtub, even though it will relieve his horrible itch, will still mean his death.²* IdleRich: Most of the Grantham family.²* IfICantHaveYou: Richard admits he's no longer in love with his wife, but she belongs to ''him'', and he ''keeps'' what he ''owns''.²* 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. This is also an ImagineSpot.²* ImmuneToBullets: Harry and Becky each take point blank [[BoomHeadshot rounds to the head]] and barely even flinch.²* IronicEcho: When [[spoiler: the now undead Harry and Becky return]] to get revenge on Richard, they repeat many of the same phrases he said to them, such as [[spoiler: "We dug a hole for you," and "Don't panic!"]]²* {{Jerkass}}: Upson Pratt.²** To be fair, nearly everyone in the film is a complete asshole, save a few exceptions - most notably Jordy, Hank and Dexter.²* KarmaHoudini: Arguably Dexter and Henry.²** 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. Though a villain himself, Nathan's function in the story is [[spoiler: ultimately to [[PayEvilUntoEvil punish]] his [[AssholeVictim equally nasty relatives]]]].²* KickTheDog: Billie gives Henry a spiteful TheReasonYouSuckSpeech right before she gets devoured.²* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: In the ending, the boy tortures his abusive father with a VoodooDoll that he mail ordered from an ad in the comic that was thrown out.]]²* [[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.²* LargeHam: ²** Creator/StephenKing pretty much [[ChewingTheScenery devours the entire set]] and then tops it off with a plate of salad.²--->'''Jordy:''' METEOR SHIT!²** Nathan Grantham is pretty hammy, too, at least before he came back. Same with Bedelia.²** Richard (Leslie Nielson) goes from ColdHam to LargeHam when he gets LaserGuidedKarma.²* LaughingMad: Richard, when he realizes the creatures are ImmuneToBullets, and then when he gets his LaserGuidedKarma.²* LaserGuidedKarma: Several examples, most notably:²** Sylvia, who [[spoiler:helped Bedelia kill her father, ends up as part of his Father's Day cake.]]²** Richard, who [[spoiler: left his wife and her lover buried up to their necks in sand and by the end, has the same done to him]]²** Upson Pratt, who compared all of society but himself to cockroaches, and was delighted over his causing a man to commit suicide, [[spoiler: has cockroaches pour out of him from the inside out]]²** The little boy's father, who slaps him over reading a comic. [[spoiler: By the end of the film, his throat is feeling awfully sore. Hey, why's that ad for a VoodooDoll cut out?]] ²* LibationForTheDead: Bedelia does this inadvertently when she knocks over the whisky bottle at her father's grave. Immediately after that, Nathan comes back for revenge.²* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: How Bedelia's father was killed. Appropriate as well, as her father had her lover murdered the same way.²-->'''Aunt Bedelia:''' Sylvia fixed it all. Ashtray back in place. Chair overturned. A fall, Daddy, a bad fall. Nobody could catch us! Nobody! You taught me, you taught Sylvia! You taught us all!²* MoodWhiplash: The film swings from horror to comedy and back in an eyeblink.²* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Henry tells Dexter about getting rid of the creature from the crate while it was still full of the remains of the victims, but then corrects himself, saying that it contained the remains of "Two human beings and Wilma."²* MythologyGag: At the end of "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," we see a signpost reading "CASTLE ROCK 5."²** Horlicks University, where the action of "The Crate" takes place, is the same college where Arnie's parents teach in ''Literature/{{Christine}}''.²** 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.²* MadnessMantra: "Where's my birthday cake?"²* NotOfThisEarth: Jordy's meteor.²* NamedByTheAdaptation: In the original short story of "The Crate," Dexter never catches the name of the doomed janitor (something he regrets). The movie calls him Mike with the comic adaptation awarding him the surname Latimer.²* NiceGuy: Hank, the only one in the Grantham house to be an in-law. Unlike his wife and her brother, 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 okay. Sylvia could qualify too as she isn't as rude or malicious as the other two in her clan. ²* NeckSnap: Nathan Grantham unleashes the ultimate neck-snapping kill with no effort whatsoever.²* OhCrap: Harry, when the biggest wave yet is coming right at him, and he realizes he is going to be submerged completely.²-->'''Harry:''' ... Oh my God...²* OlderThanTheyLook: Despite being "older than God," Great Aunt Bedelia actually looks a decade younger than Aunt Sylvia.²* OffscreenTeleportation: Zombie Harry and Becky pull off a ''textbook'' example of this.²* OneSteveLimit: Averted. Both Hal Holbrook and Ed Harris play unrelated characters named Henry.²* 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 Harry and Becky in the head, but it was a NoSell.²* PapaWolf: A behind the scenes moment. Tom Atkins once said, Creator/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 wouldn't do anything to hurt Joe.²* PeekABooCorpse: Sylvia goes into the dark kitchen to find the cook, Mrs. Danvers. She finds her, all right.²** Also, Hank... meet Bedelia Grantham...!²* PlantPerson:²** [[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?]]²** [[spoiler: The two zombies in ''Something To Tide You Over'' seem to be made of seaweed, even bleeding greenish-black blood.]]²* PlayingAgainstType: Leslie Nielsen's performance as a deeply evil millionaire may seem like this to today's audiences, who [[LeslieNielsenSyndrome remember him better for goofy comedies]], but he was actually known as a fairly versatile actor throughout his career, and played quite a few villainous roles.²* PsychicPowers: Psychic ''zombie'' powers, no less; used to bring a tombstone down onto Hank's head. Hank is Ed Harris, by the way. And the zombified Harry and Becky are able to manipulate devices in Richard's house without touching them.²* RevenantZombie: Nathan Grantham. Harry and Becky are very ''soggy'' versions.²* RiseFromYourGrave: Again, Nathan Grantham. Oddly, it looks like he was buried without a coffin only a few feet down.²* 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 Sylvia's ''head''. Complete with icing and candles.]]²** To say nothing of [[spoiler: sadistically killing his entire known family and an in-law that had almost nothing to do with him]].²** Possibly played straight with [[spoiler: Mrs. Danvers, who overheard Nathan's murder yet presumably never told the police.]]²* 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...²* RuleOfSymbolism: Upton Pratt equates those "beneath" him (in the most racist, elitist way) with cockroaches.[[note]]The parallels were made more evident in the early script, where Pratt looks at White through the camera peephole and briefly recoils as he sees and hears a giant, magnified roach clicking; [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4v9AkFrq8Lw/UFOFJJ95gtI/AAAAAAAAZR4/csncTSyMRK8/s0/creepshow_56.jpg the scene was retained for the comic adaptation]].[[/note]]²* SelfDeprecation: Despite this being a [[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 George A. Romero]] directed movie with Zombies in it, they don't [[OurZombiesAreDifferent die from a headshot.]]²* SandNecktie: Done to both Harry and Becky by Richard. [[spoiler:Richard gets the same treatment by the story's end.]]²* [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evil in a Crate]]: The crate monster.²* SequelHook: In two of the segments. [[spoiler:"Fluffy" smashes his way out of his box and escapes at the end of "The Crate," and at the end of "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," the alien weeds are still growing and headed for civilization.]] (Ultimately subverted by ''Film/Creepshow2'', in which none of the stories have anything to to with the ones in ''Creepshow''.) It was fairly common for old '50s horror comics to end this way, though.²* ShoutOut: ²** "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" was loosely inspired by Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival's "It Came Out Of The Sky", a song where a farmer finds an object that fell from space (though the plot of the song is otherwise very different) - the main character in the CCR song is named Jody, which of course sounds similar to Jordy. In addition, the title of the segment is a play on Music/BobDylan's "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carrol". And as noted above, Creator/HPLovecraft's story "Literature/TheColourOutOfSpace".²** The stenciled text on Fluffy's crate reads "SHIP TO HORLICKS UNIVERSITY VIA JULIA CARPENTER... ARCTIC EXPEDITION JUNE 19, 1834." At the time, Creator/JohnCarpenter was shooting ''Film/TheThing1982'', which is set in [[MysteriousAntarctica Antarctica]]. ²** At the beginning of "They're Creeping Up on You!", you can hear the ragtime music that was used in ''Film/{{The Evil Dead|1981}}''. ²%%* SmugSnake: Richard.²* SocietyMarchesOn[=/=]InflationNegation: Upton Pratt's hi-tech apartment costs a mere $3200 a month. In midtown Manhattan.²* TheSociopath: Upson Pratt. So very much. The news of Norman Castonmeyer's death absolutely ''delights'' him.²** Nathan Grantham. After what he does to [[spoiler: Hank]] it's safe to say he has zero empathy.²** Richard, who gets sick enjoyment out of watching people die a slow, torturous death.²* SoundtrackDissonance: When Lenore Castomeyer is tearfully recounting her husband's final, tragic moments, Upson Pratt plays an upbeat, light music number on his jukebox.²** This could be very cruelly subverted in Pratt's view. The death of Norman Castonmeyer is a joyful thing, and the lamentation of this old hen is just icing on the cake.²* SpoilerTitle: What do you think happens in "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill"?²* StealthPun: When Jordy wakes up after briefly falling asleep in his armchair, the moss-like growth has spread throughout the house... and the film adaptation of ''Literature/HowGreenWasMyValley'' is on TV.²* TechnicallyASmile: Mr. White's big smile is all Upson can see of him through his door's peephole. Mr. White, however, is mockingly humoring the old man when he rants about cockroaches and how everyone is out to get him.²* 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.²* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Nathan slips in a few when screaming at Bedelia for his cake. She calls him out on it when sitting at his grave.²* ThrowEmToTheWolves: Henry pulls this on his harpy of a wife Wilma, courtesy of the crate monster.²* TomboyishName: "Just call me Billie, everyone does!" Wilma Northrup's spunky nickname does not make her endearing, though.²* TooDumbToLive:²** 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. Poor guy must not have had the "fight or flight" reflex. TruthInTelevision, some people really do just freeze up. ²** Poor Jordy...²* TogetherInDeath: Harry and Becky, in a rather tragic way.²* {{Troperiffic}}²* UnusualEuphemism: "You [[InherentlyFunnyWords lunkhead!]]"²* TheVerse: Horlicks University ("The Crate") is where Arnie Cunningham's parents teach in ''Literature/{{Christine}}'', and it's where Deke, Laverne, Randy and Rachel go to school in [[Film/Creepshow2 "The Raft"]]. There's even a passing mention in ''Christine'' (the book, not the movie) of the janitor eaten by "Fluffy."²* VillainHasAPoint: Nathan's ranting and raving about his family being "vultures." While Bedelia seemed innocent enough (until the "accident"), it's clear that her relatives are smarmy, spoiled people who are kissing up to her as the main heir to the family fortune.²* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What became of Cassie and Richard Grantham? Surely one (or both) of them could have gotten away, not to mention that Nathan didn't necessarily have any kind of grudge with ''them'' (then again, neither did Hank).²** The comic adaptation states that he "blew out the candles" on them as well.²* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Cockroaches?]]²* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Dexter to Charlie. Charlie doesn't, and gets eaten.²* YouWontFeelAThing: "This is going to be ''extremely'' painful, Mr. Verrill..."²* 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.²* YoureInsane: Harry to Richard. Then Harry realizes he ''is''. Richard ''knows'' he is, ''and doesn't give a shit.''²----

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