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In 1982, horror author Stephen King teamed up with zombiemeister George A. Romero and special effects wizard Tom Savini to make Creepshow, an anthology film that paid homage to 1950s horror comic books like Tales from the Crypt from EC Comics. It featured an all-star cast (including Leslie Nielsen, Ed Harris, pre-Cheers Ted Danson, Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, E. G. Marshall, and Stephen King himself) and told five stories:

  1. "Father's Day": Many years ago, Bedelia Grantham's (Vivica Lindfors) wealthy, abusive, and domineering father Nathan (Jon Lormer) made her life a living hell, even going so far as to have her boyfriend killed just so he could keep her under his thumb. That Father's Day, she proceeded to bash her father's head in with a marble ashtray as he yammered loudly for his cake. Seven years later, the rest of the Grantham family, including newly-made in-law Hank (Harris), gather together in the family estate on Father's Day, the anniversary of the tragedy. Unfortunately for the Granthams, you can't keep a hungry man down. Nathan still wants his cake, and not even death itself is going to keep him from getting it.
  2. "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill": Backwoods redneck Jordy Verrill (King) thinks his financial woes are solved when he witnesses a meteor crash-land near his farm, intending to sell it to the local college for a small fortune. After splashing a bucket of water on the meteor to cool it off, it splits in half, revealing a strange liquid that Jordy innocently dumps into the ground. Despite the setback, Jordy resolves to try and fix the meteor in the morning. Unfortunately for Jordy, the meteor turns out to contain some rapidly-growing alien plants that not only spread all over his farm, but also start growing on his body. Based on King's short story "Weeds".
  3. "Something to Tide You Over": Wealthy control freak Richard Vickers (Nielsen) learns that his wife Becky is having an affair with well-to-do beach bum Harry Wentworth (Danson). When he confronts Harry about the affair, he plays a recording of a terrified Becky begging Harry to come save her. He soon lures Harry to his stretch of private beach, and once there, he forces Harry to jump into a hole in the sand, whereupon Richard buries him up to his neck. To make matters worse, Richard has buried Harry below the high tide line, ensuring that he'll drown when the tide comes in. As a final insult, he even shows Harry live footage of Becky suffering the same fate before he drowns. Richard is certain that once they drown, his problems will be solved. Unfortunately, Richard never took Harry's vow of revenge seriously, and ends up receiving a visit from two scorned lovers from beyond the grave. Or rather, from the bottom of the sea.
  4. "The Crate": At the prestigious Horlicks University, janitor Mike Latimer (Don Keefer) finds an old, dusty crate underneath the basement stairs of Amberson Hall. The crate also catches Mike's interest when he discovers that it has been stored underneath the staircase for over a century and supposedly contains specimens of an Arctic expedition. He notifies biology professor Dexter Stanley (Fritz Weaver) about the crate, and invites him to the basement to help him open it. Once opened, the crate is revealed to contain a shaggy, diminutive, but ferocious creature. After the monster kills and eats Mike, the frightened Professor Stanley enlists the help of grad student Charlie Gereson. After the monster also kills and eats Charlie, Dexter goes to his colleague and fellow professor Henry Northrup (Holbrook) for help. Henry turns out to be married to an abusive and alcoholic shrew of a woman named Wilma (Barbeau and her cleavage), and upon hearing Dex's story, he decides that a flesh-eating monster is a tempting alternative to divorce. Adapted from a short story of the same name.
  5. "They're Creeping Up on You!": Upson Pratt (Marshall), a miserly, racist, germophobic business tycoon, hates pretty much everybody. He spends much of his time conversing with his hard-working subordinates through the phone, treating them all like dirt while he rules his multinational business empire from his sterilized, germ-proof penthouse. One night, George Gendron, one of Pratt's employees, informs him that a business rival, Norman Castonmeyer, ended up committing suicide after Pratt took his company out from under him. Pratt actually reacts joyously to this news, but soon after, he soon begins finding cockroaches, which he fears more than anything, crawling all around his apartment. He also gets a message from Norman's widow, Lenore, who furiously berates him for what happened to her husband. It all comes to a creeping climax when a rolling black out hits Pratt's building, and the cockroaches begin to overwhelm him, swarming by the thousands.
In addition, the movie also has a
Framing Device of a young boy named Billy (Joe Hill) who reads the eponymous Creepshow comic while enduring abuse from his father, Stan (Tom Atkins). Thankfully, Billy manages to get the last laugh.

It had a less well-received (but still mostly good) sequel, Creepshow 2, which was followed by the unofficial and nowhere near as popular Creepshow 3. The film would inspire other EC Comics-style horror anthologies such as Tales from the Crypt and Tales from the Darkside.

A 12-episode series aired on Shudder streaming service, beginning September 26, 2019. Here is the official trailer. In addition to more adaptations of King himself, the series also boasts stories from Joe Hill, Joe R Lansdale, Josh Malerman, and more.

Creepshow is the Trope Namer for:


"The most fun you'll have being troped":

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Nathan Grantham is the dad from hell.
    • The little boy's father in the framing story is a real scumbag, too. This one you can check off on the Stephen King Drinking Game.
      That's why God created fathers.
  • Actor Allusion: In "The Crate," during an Imagine Spot, Hal Holbrook uses a .44 Magnum to off his character's wife.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Though it's not an official adaptation (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.
  • Alcoholic Parent: The dad in the framing story pours himself a beer after disciplining his son, as per the Stephen King Drinking Game.
  • Alien Kudzu: The green "meteor shit" is an extra-virulent example, able to spread over living creatures as easily as soil.
  • Ambiguously Gay: The prissy and catty Richard Grantham has stereotypically gay mannerisms and does not have a romantic partner at the family event like his sister. It's never confirmed that he's actually gay. He mentions that he doesn't like Hank, the only other male character in the story.
  • Animal Assassin: In "The Crate," Henry plans to use the beast "Fluffy" (whatever it might be) to kill his shrewish wife Wilma.
  • As You Know: 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.
  • Asshole Victim: By the bucket-full. Tragically subverted in The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill.
  • Ate His Gun:
    • Jordy finally manages to do something right and blows his own head off.
    • A business rival of Mr. Pratt reacted this way when Pratt completely took over his business and left him with nothing. According to his wife, he looked so dead inside before heading to his room and blowing his brains out. Upson Pratt is delighted to hear of it!
    Ms. Castonmeyer: He came home... and his-and his eyes... his eyes were so dead... I asked him what was wrong? What could be so bad for his eyes to look that way? The only words he could say... was your name! Ten minutes later... sobbing I heard the shot!
    Pratt: Yeah, George told me ol' Normal went out with a bang!
  • Author Appeal: Stephen King adores EC Comics, and this project (and the related comic book tie-in) is his homage.
  • Awful Wedded Life: 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: Nathan takes too much damn fun in sadistically offing his family members after he comes back.
  • Back from the Dead: Considering who made this, it's pretty much a given.
  • Badass Boast: 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 f...
    [a wave washes over his head, cutting him off abruptly]
  • Bathos: True to the old comics, this movie is swimming in it.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Richard is obsessed with cameras.
  • Big Eater: 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.
  • Black-Hole Belly: Referenced in "The Crate," when Henry and Dexter marvel at how the creature can eat so much so quickly, yet still fit into its crate.
  • Blasphemous Boast: Aunt Bedelia is "older than God."
  • Body Horror: A fairly moderate example with Jordy. An extremely severe example with Mr. Pratt.
  • Boom, Headshot!:
    • Richard tries this on Harry and Becky. Unfortunately for him, they aren't that kind of undead.
    • Henry shoots his wife right between the eyes in an Imagine Spot, prompting everyone at the party to applaud as she lies dead.
  • Born Unlucky: Jordy Verrill, according to himself. He's not wrong. Apparently, the luckiest thing to happen to him is that the shotgun did put him out of his misery.
  • Bratty Food Demand: 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.
  • Break the Haughty: What happens to Richard and Mr. Pratt.
  • Came from the Sky: The meteor that lands in Jordy's front yard.
  • Chekhov's Gun: 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. 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.
  • Cold Ham: Leslie Nielsen for the most part manages to be hammy while just wearing a smirk.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Upson Pratt, period. His conversation with the wife of a man who committed suicide starts with him asking who he's talking to and while identifying herself as the recent widow of a man who blew his brains out due to Upson stealing his business out from under him, he just smiles before saying her name like an old friend he hasn't seen in a while. There's also him pretending to play a violin while she describes how emotionally destroyed her husband was and then calling him stupid to his own widow!!
    Ms. Castonmeyer: He came home... and his-and his eyes... his eyes were so dead... I asked him what was wrong? What could be so bad for his eyes to look that way? The only words he could say... was your name! Ten minutes later... sobbing I heard the shot!
    Pratt: Yes, George Gendron told me ol' Normal went out with a bang!
    Ms. Castonmeyer:: How many men have you destroyed? How many men have you killed, you monster?!
    Pratt: Only the stupid ones. Only the ones who handed me a knife and then stuck out their throats. Only the ones who, if you'll pardon the expression, fucked up!
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Upson Pratt. His quip upon hearing the person right out from underneath whose company he bought has committed suicide, from the man's despairing wife?
    "Well, I guess that saves me the problem of offering him a spot on the board of directors."
  • Country Matters: Billie drunkenly curses with this at the party, leading the shocked guests listening to her to excuse themselves and leave. This is dubbed over in some versions.
  • Creator Cameo: Aside from King as Jordy, Tom Savini is one of the garbagemen in the closing segment of the framing story.
  • Creepy Cockroach: The "They're Creeping Up On You" segment.
  • Cultural Stereotypes: Hick Jordy is totally incompetent, and all of the rich folks (particularly Upson Pratt) are total dicks.
  • Death by Looking Up: In "Father's Day," Hank falls into Nathan's grave and gets pinned under Bedelia's body. He can only lie helplessly on his back, looking up, as the top of Nathan's monument is pushed into the grave...directly on top of his head.
  • Death by Racism: 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, don't endear him to us any, either.)
  • Decapitation Presentation: On a Father's Day cake, no less.
  • Defiant to the End: Richard as he receives his Karmic Death.
  • Domestic Abuse: Billie's treatment of Henry is a shining example of emotional abuse. Also see Abusive Parents.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: 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.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Poor Jordy.
    • Upson Pratt's hostile takeover of a company drives the CEO to suicide - and that absolutely delights Upson Pratt.
  • Empathic Environment: Justified in that it's a comic book. Even the frames change mood.
  • The End... Or Is It?:
    • After Jordy Verrill's suicide from the alien crabgrass that thrives on water:
      TV Weather Forecaster: ...lots of rain. Castle County is going to turn green...
    • The creature bursting out of the crate after Henry's dumped both it and the crate into a lake. It looks pissed, and Henry's probably going to get a very unfriendly visitor.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: The father in the wrap-around story, to an abusive degree (he even thinks it's his God-given right to slap his kid!).
  • Fan Disservice: Ed Harris, disco dancing. Aaaaaaaaaaagh!
    • Harry is played by the exquisitely handsome Ted Danson, but the viewer only sees him buried up to his neck in sand and about to die, and then as a waterlogged zombie.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Richard puts on a friendly façade 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, all while arranging to bury him alive and drown him as he gloats about how he's also currently in the process of murdering his wife.
  • Foreshadowing: When the father in the framing story complains about the subject matter of Creepshow, he mentions "people turning into weeds," which is the plot of "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill."
  • Framing Story: The plot about the friction between a son and a father over horror comic books.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Oh, so much. It's fun to pause the video to read the letters page or some of The Creep's Deadpan Snarking. 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 Crypt Keeper to shame, particularly in Bernie Wrightson's tie-in comic adaptation.
    • Combined with Rewatch Bonus, freeze framing it in between the second and third stories makes it easier to notice that the send-away for the voodoo doll has already been cut out.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Something to Tide You Over.
  • Henpecked Husband: Henry is completely under the thumb of his shrewish and domineering wife Billie. Whenever she is around, he spends his time agreeing with her and fantasizing about killing her. He eventually decides to make these fantasies a reality.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Harry and his best friend Dex remain close into their middle-aged years, even happily playing chess together following Billie's murder.
  • Homage: Aside from the obvious Shout-Out to EC Comics, "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" is one to H. P. Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space. See below under Shout-Out for more.
  • Hong Kong Dub: 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 why the line was edited later.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: It's Father's Day, and Nathan Grantham wants his cake.
    • Also, judging by the jack o'lantern in the family's window, the framing story takes place around Halloween.
  • Hunting "Accident": Bedelia Grantham's beau was (supposedly) a victim of this.
  • Identifying the Body: In the Father's Day short, Bedelia identifies her boyfriend Harold at the morgue, whom her father had had shot to keep Bedelia to heel. This is one of the reasons she bludgeons her father to death with an ashtray (the other being that goddamn incessant wailing and banging he made with his cane when he was upset, especially when he wanted his Father's Day cake).
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: Several scenes transition from live-action to comic book art, in accordance with the Framing Story premise that the audience is "reading" the stories from Billy's wind-riffled comic.
  • I Know You're Watching Me: Harry's last words.
    Harry: RICHARD! I'm going to get you. I'm going to get you.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: 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.
  • Idiot Plot: 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.
  • Idle Rich: Most of the Grantham family.
  • If I Can't Have You…: Richard admits he's no longer in love with his wife, but she belongs to him, and he keeps what he owns.
  • Indulgent Fantasy Segue: 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 Imagine Spot for the attentive viewer, as the sudden shift to stylized colored lighting gives away that it's only taking place in Henry's head.
  • Immune to Bullets: Harry and Becky each take point blank rounds to the head and barely even flinch.
  • Ironic Echo: When 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 "We dug a hole for you," and "Don't panic!"
  • Karma Houdini: Henry gets away with murdering his wife. Although the creature escapes, there's no indication that it can or would seek him out. However, the text in the comic book afterward implies that it's going to come after him before long.
  • Kick the Dog: Billie gives Henry a spiteful "The Reason You Suck" Speech right before she gets devoured.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: In the ending, the boy tortures his abusive father with a Voodoo Doll that he mail-ordered from an ad in the comic that his father threw out.
  • Killer Space Monkey: The thing in the crate looks like a Lovecraftian baboon. In King's original short story, it was more like a badger or wolverine, as befits its icy origins.
  • Large Ham:
  • Laughing Mad: Richard when he realizes the creatures are Immune to Bullets, and then when he gets his Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Several examples, most notably:
    • Sylvia, who helped Bedelia kill her father, ends up as part of his Father's Day cake.
    • Richard, who left his wife and her lover buried up to their necks in sand, has the same done to him before the end.
    • Upson Pratt, who compares all of society but himself to cockroaches and is delighted over his causing a man to commit suicide, has cockroaches pour out of him from the inside.
    • The little boy's father, who slaps him over reading a comic. By the end of the film, his throat is feeling awfully sore. Hey, why's that ad for a Voodoo Doll cut out?
  • Libation for the Dead: Bedelia does this inadvertently when she knocks over the whisky bottle at her father's grave. Immediately after that, Nathan comes back for revenge.
  • Lousy Lovers Are Losers: In the story "The Crate," Wilma Northrup (who is a shrewish wife and overall Jerkass of the most supreme caliber) mentions her belittled husband Henry is "no good in bed" as part of her overall insulting of how much of a loser she thinks he is (oblivious to the notion that she and her abhorrent attitude are likely the very reason for his lack of arousal). She spends so much time insulting Henry, though, that she doesn't notice the flesh-eating mutant right behind her, which promptly grabs her and kills her.
    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!
  • Madness Mantra: "Where's my cake?"
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: How Bedelia's father was killed. Appropriate as well, as her father had her lover murdered the same way.
    Aunt Bedelia: Sylvia fixed it all. Ashtray back in place. Chair overturned. You took a fall, Daddy, a bad fall. Nobody could catch us! Nobody! You taught me, you taught Sylvia! You taught us all!
  • Mind Screw: "They're Creeping Up On You." Unlike the other stories, it lacks even a whisper of explanation. The cockroaches seemingly appear and disappear at will, and the ending teases that the whole nightmare may have happened in Pratt's head until the roaches come bursting out of his body.
  • Modern Minstrelsy: Invoked. Mr. White—a black man—sarcastically puts on a very minstrel-show-sounding voice when he's talking to his boss, Upson Pratt—a cruel, bigoted, white man. He drops the voice eventually, when he's trying to be completely serious.
  • Mood Whiplash: The film swings from horror to comedy and back in an eyeblink.
  • Moral Guardians: The little boy’s father from the Framing Device berates him for reading the titular horror comic in spite of keeping a secret Porn Stash, then beats him for calling him out on it. He later justifies it by saying that the comic was full of so much horrifying material it would cause damage to him, ignoring that his abuse would cause much more harm in the long term than a comic book would.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: 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."
  • My God, You Are Serious!: Harry to Richard when the latter (in his own twisted way) keeps his word about Harry being able to see Becky while being forced to dig his own grave: "My god, you are insane!"
  • Mythology Gag: At the end of "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," we see a signpost reading "CASTLE ROCK 5."
    • Horlicks University, where the action of "The Crate" takes place, is the same college where Arnie's parents teach in Christine.
    • Jordy's complaint about his luck always being bad is accurate. He's one of a long line of people with the last name "Verrill" who dies in some horrible way, shape, or form in Stephen King's works.
  • Named by the Adaptation: 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.
  • Neck Snap: Nathan Grantham unleashes the ultimate neck-snapping kill with no effort whatsoever.
  • Nice Guy: 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 he goes out to the graveyard is to see if Bedelia is okay. Sylvia could qualify, too, as she isn't as rude or malicious as the other two in her clan.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Upson is basically an evil Howard Hughes.
  • Not of This Earth: Jordy's meteor.
  • Oh, Crap!: Harry, when the biggest wave yet is coming right at him, and he realizes he is going to be submerged completely.
    Harry: ...Oh my God...
  • Older than They Look: Despite being "older than God," Great Aunt Bedelia actually looks a decade younger than Aunt Sylvia.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Zombie Harry and Becky pull off a textbook example of this.
  • One True Love: Bedelia's lover had no interest in her father's money, just Bedelia.
    Bedelia: You shouldn't have killed Yarbro! He was a man, a real man! Everything I wanted, he wanted for me!
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Despite this being directed by George Romero, the zombies in this movie don't follow those of the classic Romero movies. Richard even tries to shoot Harry and Becky in the head, but it's a No-Sell.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse:
    • Sylvia goes into the dark kitchen to find the cook, Mrs. Danvers. She finds her, all right...
    • Also, Sylvia Grantham...!
  • Plant Person:
    • With a very sad demise, indeed. It's not much of a spoiler, though, because you did read the title of the second story, right?
    • The two zombies in Something To Tide You Over seem to be made of seaweed, even bleeding greenish-black blood.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Pratt, who has already been established as a really bad guy, makes a racist comment to his building's black superintendent.
  • Psychic Powers: Psychic zombie powers, no less: used to bring a tombstone down onto Hank's head. Furthermore, the zombified Harry and Becky are able to manipulate devices in Richard's house without touching them.
  • Revenant Zombie: Nathan Grantham. Harry and Becky are very soggy versions.
  • Rise from Your Grave: Again, Nathan Grantham. Oddly, it looks like he was buried without a coffin only a few feet down.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: 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 he settles for Sylvia's head, complete with icing and candles.
    • To say nothing of sadistically killing his entire known family and an in-law that has almost nothing to do with him just because he's there.
    • Possibly played straight with Mrs. Danvers, who overheard Nathan's murder yet presumably never told the police.
  • Rule of Scary: Neither the way the zombies of stories 1 and 3 are re-animated, nor how the crate monster was able to survive for many years without needing food, nor the cockroach invasion against Pratt are given good explanations. They just happen because they have to. Let's not even talk about zombie Nathan's Psychic Powers...
  • Rule of Seven: Nathan Graham comes Back from the Dead seven years after his murder...and he still wants that Father's Day cake he never got, too.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Upson Pratt equates those "beneath" him (in the most racist, classist, elitist way) with cockroaches.note 
  • Self-Deprecation: Despite this being a George A. Romero-directed movie with zombies in it, they don't die from a headshot.
  • Sand Necktie: Done to both Harry and Becky by Richard. Richard gets the same treatment by the story's end.
  • Sequel Hook: In two of the segments. "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 Creepshow 2, in which none of the stories have anything to do with the ones in Creepshow.) It was fairly common for old '50s horror comics to end this way, though.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" was loosely inspired by Creedence Clearwater Revival'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 Bob Dylan's "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carrol," and as noted above, H. P. Lovecraft's story "The Colour Out of Space."
    • The stenciled text on Fluffy's crate reads "SHIP TO HORLICKS UNIVERSITY VIA JULIA CARPENTER...ARCTIC EXPEDITION JUNE 19, 1834." At the time, John Carpenter was shooting The Thing (1982), which is set in Antarctica, while another Carpenter film, Christine, featured a Horlicks University.
    • At the beginning of "They're Creeping Up on You!" you can hear the ragtime music that was used in The Evil Dead.
  • Slipping a Mickey: In "The Crate," Henry slips sleeping pills into Dex's drink to knock him out so he can go to the lab, clean up the carnage, and set things up for his plan to dispose of his wife.
  • Smug Snake: Richard. Even before we realize he's a murderous psycho, he's already a smug asshole.
  • The Sociopath: Upson Pratt, so very much. The news of Norman Castonmeyer's death absolutely delights him.
    • Nathan Grantham. After what he does to Hank, it's safe to say he has zero empathy.
    • Richard, who gets sick enjoyment out of watching people die a slow, torturous death.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: When Lenore Castonmeyer is tearfully recounting her husband's final, tragic moments, Upson Pratt plays an upbeat, light music number on his jukebox.
    • 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.
  • Spoiler Title: What do you think happens in "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill"?
  • Stealth Pun: 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 How Green Was My Valley is on TV.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Harry and Becky, if only because Richard clearly does not care about his wife at all, and his harsh punishment for the two is solely out of the principle of, "What's mine is mine."
  • Technically a Smile: 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.
  • They Would Cut You Up: 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. Guess he figures that's A Fate Worse Than Death...?
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Nathan slips in a few when screaming at Bedelia for his cake. She calls him out on it when sitting at his grave.
  • Throw 'Em to the Wolves: Henry pulls this on his harpy of a wife Wilma, courtesy of the crate monster.
  • Tomboyish Name: "Just call me Billie, everyone does!" Wilma Northrup's spunky nickname does not make her endearing, though.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Hank lies 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. Truth in Television, some people really do just freeze up.
    • Poor Jordy...
  • Together in Death: Harry and Becky, in a rather tragic way.
  • Un-Paused: Zombie Nathan crawls out of his grave, still ranting, "I want my cake! It's Father's Day! I want my cake!"
  • The 'Verse: Horlicks University ("The Crate") is where Arnie Cunningham's parents teach in Christine, and it's where Deke, Laverne, Randy, and Rachel go to school in "The Raft." There's even a passing mention in Christine (the book, not the movie) of the janitor eaten by "Fluffy."
  • Villain Has a Point: 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.
  • The Watson: Hank in "Father's Day." As an outsider to the Grantham family, he gives Aunt Sylvia the perfect opportunity to explain the backstory.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What became of Cassie and Richard Grantham?
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Upson is disgusted by bugs, and his whole apartment becomes filled with them.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Billy's father slaps him across the face for reading horror comics, and talking back, and snooping through his things.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: Dexter to Charlie. Charlie doesn't, and he gets eaten.
  • You Won't Feel a Thing!: "This is going to be extremely painful, Mr. Verrill..."
  • You're Insane!: Harry to Richard. Then Harry realizes he is. Richard knows he is, and doesn't give a shit.