Continuing the countdown of my favourite 11 horror films.
#2 “Creepshow” (1982)
I was a geeky 13 year old boy in 1982. I had plenty of passions but up at the top of the list were the following three things; Films of George A. Romero (having been delighted by ‘Dawn of the Dead’), EC Horror comics (which I had just discovered a year or two earlier through the Ballantine paperback’s of ‘Tales From The Crypt’ and ‘Vault of Horror’), and the novels and short stories of Stephen King. So when ‘Creepshow’ was announced it was like all my Christmases had come at once. When ‘Creepshow’ finally did hit the shores here in the UK it was classified as a AA certificate, which meant that no one under 14 could see the film. I was just under that age limited but went anyway. And I was not disappointed. What followed was three or four more trips to the cinema to see the film plus a trip to London’s Forbidden Planet where I picked up (at the cost of 3 weeks pocket money) Bernie Wrightson’s wonderful graphic novel/album of the film.
I don’t know whether I view the film today through rose tinted glasses but I think it’s superb. The ensemble cast is first rate (especially Leslie Nielson, Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, E.G Marshall and Ed Harris, just for that dance.) I adore the score. It matches the comic book feel so well. The direction is fantastic and King’s script is perfect. The film does not have a mean bone in it’s body and it’s just such great fun.
Second Sight in the UK have released a superb blu ray of the film bursting with fantastic extras including a making of documentary that is nearly as long as the film itself.
So that’s my #2 pick. It was a hard choice between this and the eventual winner. Come back tomorrow and see what just edged ‘Creepshow’ from the top slot.