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Young Billy's father, Stan, catches him reading an issue of Creepshow, a Tales From the Crypt-ish comic book. Stan is one of those really strict, old-fashioned fathers who doesn't want his son reading this "trash," so he takes the comic away and throws it in the garbage. But for our benefit, and Billy's, the Creep himself arrives at Billy's bedroom window and a gust of wind blows the comic out of the garbage can and onto the lawn, and subsequent gusts of wind turn the pages and introduce us to five short stories.

The film was a highly successful tribute to the old EC horror comics, directed by Night of The Living Dead's George A. Romero, written by Stephen King, with special effects by Tom Savini (who also had a small role as a garbageman). Father's Day, Something to Tide You Over, and They're Creeping Up On You! were all written by King for the movie, while The Crate was adapted from the short story of the same name and The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill from the unpublished story Weeds.

A sequel, Creepshow 2, was also released.

Canon Material

Creepshow (1982)

  1. Father's Day
  2. The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill
  3. Something to Tide You Over
  4. The Crate
  5. They're Creeping Up on You!

Creepshow 2 (1987)

  1. Old Chief Wood'nhead
  2. The Raft
  3. The Hitchhiker

Creepshow comic book adaptation


  • Both films, as well as the first movie's comic book adaptation, bear many connections to Stephen King's literary works. In particular The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill (which stars King himself as the doomed title character) takes place in Castle County, Maine, not far from Castle Rock, the setting of several of King's novels and films, including Stand by Me, The Dead Zone, Cujo and Needful Things.
  • It is unconnected to Creepshow 3.
  • The television show Tales from the Darkside was originally going to be a Creepshow television series, and Tales from the Darkside: The Movie was originally going to be "Creepshow 3."


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