31 days, 31 great horror movies
It’s October 1. That means Halloween is just around the corner. But to many, it’s already here. True Halloween fans take the first of October as the beginning of the Halloween season. We start seeing decorations, hearing costume ideas, and of course there are the movies. From now until Oct. 31, we can expect to see tons of horror movies on television and in theaters. So in honor of my favorite month and holiday, we’re counting down our Top 31 favorite horror movies. We’ll feature a movie a day for the entire month until we get all the way to No. 1. Then on the 31st, I’ll compile the list and post it as a whole.
So let’s begin with No. 31:
“Creepshow” is unique as it tells five horror stories in one movie. Not all of them are great ones, but when you combine director George A. Romero and writer Stephen King, you’ve got quite a gem.
The first story told in the movie is called “Father’s Day.” A woman feels guilty for killing her abusive father (probably because she did so on Father’s Day … just couldn’t wait until the Fourth of July, could you?). Her father doesn’t give up that easily, however. The zombie dad arises from the grave to avenge his death. It wouldn’t be Romero if there wasn’t a zombie.
The second story is just ridiculous and is the sole reason “Creepshow” comes in only at No. 31. “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” isn’t a bad story exactly. It’s just that Stephen King himself is “Jordy Verrill” and his genius lies only in writing – not acting. He’s terrible. Anyway, Jordy touches a meteorite which apparently causes him to slowly turn into a plant.
“Something to Tide you Over” is the third story. Ted Danson has an affair with Leslie Nielsen‘s wife. Not the actors, their characters. Anyway, Nielsen buries Ted and his wife in the sand and allows the tide to come in and drown them. But since Romero’s around, there will be zombies. The dead cheaters come back for revenge.
Hal Holbrook and Adrienne Barbeau star in the fourth story, “The Crate.” This is my favorite of the five stories. Some college professors find an old crate at the school and soon discover what’s in the crate should’ve been left alone. There’s a lot of blood and humor, but the best part is the mystery. What was that thing?
I’m a bug hater, so the last story in the movie has always given me the creeps. “They’re Creeping Up on You” tells the story of a bad man. A bad man with OCD and germ and bug fears. He’s gone to extreme measures to keep those things out, but they’re still getting in. And they’re everywhere. I love karma.
It should be noted that the stories are within a story. These stories all appear in an awesome fictitious comic book called “Creepshow.” And the kid has his own little story.
Memorable quote: “You know what Henry? You’re a regular barnyard exhibit. Sheep’s eyes, chicken guts, piggy friends… and shit for brains!”
Best scene: The ending scene (yes, with the bugs) in “They’re Creeping Up On You.” See clip below
Did you know? The marble ashtray (which plays a major role in Creepshow’s first story, “Father’s Day”) is featured in all five of the film’s stories if you look closely.
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