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Film / Creepshow 3

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The second sequel to the classic 1982 horror anthology Creepshow, released in 2006. The film had no involvement from George A. Romero or Stephen King and was panned by critics; Tom Savini, who did the makeup of the first two films, considers Tales from the Darkside: The Movie the real Creepshow 3.

Unlike the first two Creepshow installments, in which the wraparound element linking the stories was a horror comic, Creepshow 3 takes a Pulp Fiction-esque approach, in which characters from each story interact with each other during the film. Like the first film, it tells five stories:

  1. Alice - Alice is a stuck-up, snotty teenager who comes home to find her father meddling with some kind of universal remote. Whenever he presses one of the buttons on the device, the whole family except for Alice changes ethnicity. During this, Alice gradually mutates into what is supposedly her "true form".
  2. The Radio - Jerry is a part-time security guard who buys a radio from a homeless street vendor to replace his old one which stopped working. However this radio is far from ordinary. It can have a conversation with Jerry, and very soon Jerry is stealing money and murdering people, all at the bay of his new radio.
  3. Call Girl - Rachel is a murderous hooker who receives a call from Victor, her newest client. Rachel thinks he will just be another easy victim. However, Victor isn't quite normal himself...
  4. The Professor's Wife - Two former students come to visit Professor Dayton and meet his wife to be, Kathy. Having been victims of his practical jokes in the past, they suspect that Kathy is actually a robot, which the professor spent 20 years creating in his secret lab. She also behaves like a robot and does not eat or drink, which further indicates that she is probably mechanical. When the professor is out of bounds, they decide to dismantle Kathy to see what she looks like on the inside...
  5. Haunted Dog - A cruel, miserly doctor takes a 30 day position at a clinic, where he is very insolent towards his patients, even going as far as to show no sympathy towards a teenage girl with a brain tumour. One day he buys a hot dog, but drops it on the ground. Out of kindness (or perhaps not) he decides to give it to a homeless man. The homeless guy dies after taking one bite, and he returns to haunt the cruel doctor.

Creepshow 3 has examples of the following tropes:

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Victor, fully vamped out, is about to kill her, Rachel freaks out and desperately begs him not to kill her, to no avail.
  • Asshole Victim: Rachel and Dr. Farwell, hands down.
  • Body Horror: Alice's "true form" is a decaying, melting mess covered in boils.
  • Dr. Jerk: Dr. Farwell, big time. He's openly insolent and rude to his patients, shows No Sympathy to a teenage girl with a brain tumor, mocks an old woman going blind, and gives a hot dog he just dropped to a homeless man.
  • Haunted Technology: The titular radio of the second segment, which tempts Jerry into killing people and stealing money.
  • In Name Only: A much lambasted example, which is rather remarkable since like its namesakes it's a horror anthology movie. But unlike the other Creepshow movies, it had no involvement from George Romero or Stephen King and, even more damning, had no homages to the EC horror comics of the past. Of course, it helps (or doesn't help) that Creepshow and Creepshow 2 are considered classics, while Creepshow 3 is as widely disliked as any work can be. Tom Savini has been quoted as saying that Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is the real Creepshow 3.
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  • Un-Robotic Reveal: Professor Dayton's former students believe that his future bride Kathy is a robot; she behaves as such, and doesn't eat or drink. They ultimately dismantle her when Dayton's not around... and are horrified to discover she was a human mail-order bride.
  • Universal Remote Control: What drives the plot of the first segment. Whenever Alice's father presses one of the buttons on the device, the whole family except for Alice changes ethnicity (i.e., the "Color and Hue Settings" button makes her family turn African-American, and the "Subtitles" button makes her family turn Hispanic).

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