Happy Horrorthon! I’m am once again reviewing Creepshow. It is officially a true Guilty Pleasure, but come on, aren’t those all of our go to pleasures anyway? To the uninitiated, Creepshow is a GOOD horror anthology series, but really it’s a showcase for short-films. How? It’s broken down into two stories and neither of them are over 23 minutes. Aside from giving writers like Christopher Buehlman his big break (before this he’d only written skits for Renaissance Faires….really), they are the short short brought to life.
Many of Stephen King’s short stories are made into movies, but they are always lengthened into something (usually better) than their original quick-paced short story. Creepshow keeps that fast pace…mostly. Well, they keep it for the second story. The second story is always the better story and moves at the quick pace that you’d expect in a short story. Even at 22 minutes, the first story tends to drag.
All Hallow’s Eve follows 5 youths trick or treating in a terrified neighborhood. It was obvious to anyone with a pulse that these kids were dead and out to cause trouble. Turns out that during a vigorous D&D session in their treehouse, some bullies from the neighborhood thought it would be funny to set it on fire, with the D&D nerds in it. As you do. Well, their door gets stuck and they all die. So, they haunt the neighborhood setting fire to one bully each Halloween until they are all briquettes.
The acting in story A is ….ok. Story A is a bit slow-paced, which is really hard to do in 20 minutes, but here we are. I still watched it and so should you. It’s not like 2 Sentence Horror we are talking about, which is garbage wrapped in rotten bacon.
Story 2 was The Man in the Suitcase, which could’ve worked as a twilight zone episode. Justin is a loser stoner who is dumped by his girlfriend and used by his roommate. He is arriving home after visiting his family and he gets a carry-on from the airport and it’s not his stuff that’s inside; it’s a Middle-Eastern man bent so he can fit into the carry-on. It turns out the Man wants to leave the suitcase, but every time Justin tries to move him, it causes the Man pain, which in turn causes the Man to spit out a gold coin.
Well, Justin isn’t sure what to do, but Justin’s roommate and his ex-girlfriend do and they all decide to torture the man in the suitcase so that he’ll spit out loads of gold. The torture gets pretty gross, but Justin eventually has a change of heart and tries to free the Man, but his girlfriend and roommate want to keep the gold so she tries to kill Justin with a wrench, which is just lying about. I won’t spoil what happens next because this was a lot of fun and really makes Shutter worth my subscription fee.
This story really had some good pacing. Yes, it was predictable and very over the top, but that is just the Creepshow way.
Again, relax and enjoy!