I can't actually call Creepshow the greatest horror movie anthology ever made, but it was my first, and it has become one of the most enduring.
Directed by George A. Romero, Creepshow comprises five stories written by Stephen King, all of varying degrees of success. The best of these is "The Crate", about a wooden crate (naturally) found in the basement of a university campus, and which is home to a carnivorous being. "Something to Tide You Over" is a tale of love, revenge, vengeance, and the undead. The dead rise from the grave in "Father's Day", a story that doesn't quite work but of which I am particularly fond. In addition, a brief bridging story features a very young Joe Hill portraying a tormented child.
There are other, better anthology movies. Trilogy of Terror is superior, especially in its adaptation of Richard Matheson's "The Prey". (It helps that Matheson wrote Trilogy of Terror's screenplay.) Trick 'r Treat's stories are more consistent. Southbound is more conceptually daring. However, none of these get the camp humor inherent in Creepshow, which took as its inspiration from the EC Comics The Vault of Horror and Tales from the Crypt.
What is your favorite episode from Creepshow? What is your favorite horror movie anthology? Let me know in the comments.
Derek Austin Johnson has lived most of his life in the Lone Star State. A member of the Turkey City Writer's Workshop, his work has appeared in The Horror Zine, Tell-Tale Press, Skull Fragments: A Skelos Sampler, Rick Klaw's Rayguns Over Texas!, Nova Express, Moving Pictures, Her Majesty's Secret Servant, and Revolution SF. His film column "Watching the Future" appeared each month at Hugo Award-winning SF Signal.
He lives in Central Texas.