On the first day of this awesome blog hop, I shared with you a couple of the movies that scared the crap out of me when I was a little girl, much younger than I would let my little girls watch horror films. In this post I would like to share my favorite monster movies from my rebellious pre-teen/teenage years.
Creepshow is a 1982 horror anthology film directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. The film’s ensemble cast included Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, and E.G. Marshall. Romero again engaged makeup and special effects artist Tom Savini for this film.
It was considered a sleeper hit at the box office when released in November 1982, earning $21,028,755 domestically, and remains a popular film to this day among horror genre fans. The film was shot on location in Pittsburgh and its suburbs. It consists of five short stories: “Father’s Day”, “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill”, “Something to Tide You Over”, “The Crate” and “They’re Creeping Up on You!”. Two of these stories were adapted from King’s short stories.
The segments are tied together with brief animated sequences. The film is bookended by scenes, featuring a young boy named Billy (played by King’s son, Joe King), who is punished by his father for reading horror Comic books. The film is an homage to the E.C. and DC horror comic books of the 1950s such as House of Mystery, House of Secrets, The Witching Hour, Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror and The Haunt of Fear.
Creepshow was awesome to me because it meshed two of my favorite genres — Comics and Horror. And who wouldn’t love a horror movie written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero? This movie was definitely a favorite of mine during my pre-teen and teenage years. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I watched it. That would be the equivalent of trying to tell you how many times I listened to “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham! during that same part of my life. Hey, I didn’t say I was especially proud of all my choices back then.
The Return of the Living Dead is a total classic. I recall watching this movie with my friends over and over and… well, yeah… you get the picture. In retrospect, I’ve been a lover of zombie movies for most of my life. No wonder I’m obsessed with the zombie apocalypse! Being much older now I prefer when the zombies don’t speak to their prey, as they’re much more terrifying when they just snarl when they come for you. These zombies from back in the day just made me laugh my ass off!
What is the first horror movie that comes to mind when you think about your teenage years? I would love to hear about it!
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