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  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack is often unfairly overlooked, but it is fantastic.
  • Catharsis Factor: After watching Henry be verbally abused and belittled by Billie (not to mention her showing delight at another girl being allegedly attacked by his friend Dexter), it's very refreshing to know she gets her just desserts at the hands of the yeti.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The comic book loving boy in the Framing Device that is punished for having a horror comic is played by Joe Hill, who grew up to write some creepy comics of his own, and once said in an interview that he doesn't allow his kid to read his comics.
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    • The film's Cryptkeeper Expy, the Creep, is portrayed as a decaying corpse, as opposed to the Cryptkeeper of the comics who was just a somewhat ugly though living human. When Tales from the Crypt was made into a TV series at the end of the 80s, the Cryptkeeper would in fact be redesigned as an undead corpse similar to how the Creep looked.
      • Even funnier is when you realize that not only did the Cryptkeeper get changed to being a corpse similar to the Creep in the film, but the fact that the Creep himself gets changed from being a corpse-like creature to a human being that has a dungeon-like home (seen in one of the animated sequences in the film) in the film's sequel. So, the Cryptkeeper started human (as seen in the original film adaptation) and then became a corpse, while the Creep started off as a corpse and became a human. And even more ironic is the fact that for the upcoming TV series, the Creep has been reverted back to being a corpse-like creature.
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    • Now hold on: a movie directed by George A. Romero that features a man by the name of Henry in a dreadful marriage who murders his wife? Is this Creepshow or is it Bruiser?
  • Ho Yay: Dexter and Henry, according to the documentary Just Desserts
  • Inferred Holocaust: The ending of "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill".
  • Jerkass Woobie: Bedelia may not be the nicest person in the world, but if you lived under the monster that was Nathan Grantham, you'd be a bit of a jerk, too.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Upson Pratt's joy at driving a business rival to suicide.
    • Nathan Grantham crosses it by having Bedelia's fiancé Yarbro, her chance for happiness away from him, killed so he could keep her under his thumb.
    • Richard crosses it with his sadistic Disproportionate Retribution toward his unfaithful wife and her lover, burying them in the sand up to their necks and letting the incoming tide slowly drown them.
  • Narm Charm:
    • The creature popping out of the crate to kill Billie is somewhat narmish, as if it's saying, "HI!" The "Just tell it to call you 'Billie'!" doesn't help.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • The scene at the end of Something To Tide You Over is actually genuinely unnerving, with Leslie Nielsen still remaining scary even when being threatened. And then you see him buried in the sand, and... well, see the above Narm Charm quote.
  • Recycled: The Series: Tales from the Darkside is the Spiritual Successor. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is considered to be the "real" Part Three, since the film that is actually called Creepshow 3 had none of the same people involved.
  • Sequelitis: Downplayed with the second movie. It was criticized for only having three arguably less interesting stories, but is still seen as a solid horror anthology overall.
    • The 2006 unofficial threequel, however, plays it straight. It didn't involve King or Romero whatsoever. Rumours are flying around that there's going to be another Creepshow, but only time will tell.
    • As of 2019, there is a Creepshow series, set to stream on Shudder. It was released, and is pretty well-regarded.
  • The Woobie:
    • Poor Jordy has no idea what he's gotten himself into. At least his luck finally comes in to save him from a Fate Worse than Death.
    • The little boy in the framing story who gets slapped by his father just for reading a comic book. Luckily, his dad gets his...
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Stephen King as a goofy farmer. And it works.
    • King supposedly played the role because nobody could both nail the requisite amount of goofiness and actually also play a convincing enough hick.
    • Anyone who remembers Leslie Nielsen from his comedy work would be surprised at how chilling his character in Something To Tide You Over is.

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  • Complete Monster: Lester M. Barclay, from "Times is Tough in Musky Holler", is the former mayor of the eponymous Musky Holler city. After a Zombie Apocalypse plagued the world, Lester came into Musky Holler offering his aide to the townsfolk. As soon as he was elected mayor, he used his power in office to overthrow and kill his predecessor, along with anyone else who challenged him. During his time as mayor, Lester had his followers spread propaganda about his laws, sanctioned his police force to rape and murder as they pleased, and imprisoned anyone who spoke out against him. Lester also created a sadistic, publicized game called "Live Pie", where a group of civilians would slowly be swarmed by zombies headfirst with no way of defending themselves.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Richard from "Survivor Type" is an unscrupulous surgeon with criminal connections and, among other things, carried heroin for drug runners and used his connections to get a bully killed, but he grew up with an abusive father and slowly goes insane from hunger and isolation, not to mention being forced to start eating parts of himself.
  • Nausea Fuel: "Survivor Type" goes into absurdly grueling detail (and imagery) as Richards chops himself up and eats his severed body parts.
  • Ugly Cute: Bob from "The Finger", a small, murderous creature with a creepy Eyeless Face, sharp fangs and long, clawed fingers... who also loves chilling on Clark's couch, munching popcorn and watching daytime TV like an old buddy of his.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The series shows just how far along practical effects have come since the original film. There's still some CGI in the mix, but the show doesn't rely very heavily on it, with puppetry, animatronics, makeup and even stop-motion animation extensively used to great effect.
  • The Woobie: Timmy in "Gray Matter". His mother dies, which leads to his father becoming The Alcoholic. Then, after one contaminated beer, his father slowly mutates into a Blob Monster that develops a taste for human flesh, and self-duplicates at a rate that could bring about the end of the world in six days. And despite how much his dad changes, and how afraid he is, Timmy refused to give up on him to the very end.
    Timmy: He promised me he was gonna quit [drinking]. He’s my Daddy. I love him.


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