Creepshow review (Blu-ray)

From the brilliant (and some would say twisted minds) of Romero and King comes Creepshow, marketed on its initial release in 1982 as "the most fun you’ll ever have being scared". It may not be all that scary any more, but it's still a hell of a lot of fun.

Three titans of terror – King, Romero and special make-up effects supremo Tom Savini – unite to bring us five terrifying tales based on the classic EC Comics of the 1950s: the family reunion with the murdered father who still wants his cake; the backward farmer who discovers a meteorite with a life of its own; one husband’s vengeful plan that will leave his cheating wife and her lover up to their necks in it; another’s hope that the vicious occupant of a mysterious crate may be the answer to his nagging wife problem; and in the final gross-out tale, a malicious millionaire with an insect phobia gets a scuttling surprise.

How rare is it to get two such great talents – King and Romero – working together? Plus Savini, of course, but he's worked with Romero a few times before andd since. Creepshow is one of the best examples of an anthology film done right – all five stories work – and it also gets the "comic book" look and feel spot on. Great casting – Neilsen! Harris! Danson! Holbrook! Barbeau! Weaver! Marshall! AND King! – plus a wonderful script have given us a film that's funny, scary and pretty much timeless.

And now, thanks to this crisp new Blu-ray transfer, it looks as good as it did when it was first released. Creepshow is that rare thing, a true classic.

EXTRAS ★★★★ An audio commentary with Romero and Tom Savini; an audio commentary with director of photography Michael Gornick, actor John Amplas, property master Bruce Alan Miller and make up effects assistant Darryl Ferrucci; the terrific new Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow (1:29:30), a feature-length documentary with cast and crew interviews including Romero, Savini, artist Bernie Wrightson, producer Richard Rubenstein, actor Tom Atkins and weird dancer Ed Harris (but, sadly, no King); the featurette Behind The Screams With Tom Savini (26:29); deleted scenes (15:20); and a TV spot, trailer and stills gallery.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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