• A Review Page For Those Movies You Watch At Home!

    Couch Potato Movie Reviews is, obviously, a blog that exclusively reviews movies. What makes this blog different is the fact that all of the films we are reviewing are all movies that are available on home movie rental companies such as Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster, and your quickly disappearing neighborhood rental store. This blog is designed to take a more detailed look at those movies that either were sent straight to DVD, received a very limited release in the theaters, or were distributed through the art house or film festival circuit. We will also review those big Hollywood films, but only after they are available for home viewing.

    All the reviews are written by fans of the great art of film making rather than some newspaper reviewer or stuffy film student. We don’t know everything about film but we do know what we like, and we are more than happy to share our opinions with you. What you do with those opinions are totally up to you, although comments are welcome and encouraged.

    Each film review has a one to five star rating at the end of the critique. Here is what those star ratings mean for you couch potatoes:

    * * * * * : Five stars: go and buy this one, don’t just rent it!

    * * * * : Four stars: put this at the top of your rental list.

    * * * : Three stars: average, not bad just not great either.

    * * : Two stars: only rent if you have to see everything.

    * : One star: don’t waste your time with this.

Creepshow

TITLE: Creepshow

YEAR: 1982

GENRE: Horror and Superhero/Comic Book

When a movie fan thinks of comic book oriented films they usually think of some guy in tights, a mask, and a cape. That is not the end-all of the genre, as there are quite a few great comic book adaptations that have nothing to do with a superhero (Sin City and Ghost World are prime examples). In keeping with the non-superhero tradition, there have been several productions based around the infamous EC Comics horror series that created quite a stir with parents in the 1950’s including Tales From The Darkside and the classic TV show “Tales From The Crypt”. Almost 30 years ago legendary director George A. Romero (the man who wrote and directed the original Night Of The Living Dead for the uninformed) and horror writer Stephen King collaborated for a tribute to these comics of days gone by in Creepshow, which is a well made, funny, and at-times scary film that is sure to entertain almost all viewers.

Our story centers on a young boy who is caught with one of the EC Comics, and his father is not entertained. The comic is thrown in the trash, and the son is not too happy about it. The Creep, the mascot of the comic who is in desperate need of Bactine and a skin graph, shows up and the kid starts to plot his revenge against his parent. The film shares with us the five stories that are within the wicked pages: a deceased rich man comes back from the grave to take revenge on his ungrateful heirs; a hillbilly encounters a meteor that turns his world green; a husband breaks up his wife’s affair to disastrous and deadly results; a zoologist discovers an unknown Antarctic monster lives under the stairs of a laboratory; and a rich jerk ends up getting his comeuppance through a horde of cockroaches.

There are so many great aspects of this film I won’t be able to list them all. The stories are all pretty good and the special effects by Tom Savini are a bit cheesy at times but very fitting for the story (the rich old man in the first story rising from the grave is especially powerful). The acting is especially cool since many now-known actors are in the film: Academy Award winner Ed Harris performs probably the worst disco dancing in any horror film, Leslie Nielsen is attacked by water-logged zombies with one being a pre-“Cheers” Ted Danson, and Adrienne Barbeau becomes dinner to the Abominable Snowman all in the same film. Creepshow mixes horror and very dark humor seamlessly which makes the film entertaining while at the same time delivering some quality yuks. In addition, some of the visuals will stick with the viewer forever, especially in the last segment when the affluent arsewipe ends up being dinner for the roaches in one of the nastiest scenes ever filmed. I could continue, but I think you get the picture that I like Creepshow a lot.

Like all good 1980’s horror, thee is a remake planned for Creepshow, but the director (not yet announced) will have a tall order to fill to even attempt to make a film half as good as this. The sequel Creepshow 2 (1987) was a mixed bag yet entertaining enough, and Creepshow III (2006) was an abysmal waste of film. When one lists the best comic book films ever made titles like The Dark Knight, Spiderman, and V For Vendetta will surely be mentioned, but if I am asked I also toss out Creepshow for consideration. There may not be any masked vigilantes jumping off of roofs, but Creepshow is a loving homage to a part of comic book history and deserves to be listed among the great comic book adaptations. I would even say this is the best comic book film of the entire 1980’s—yes, I like this more than Tim Burton’s take on Batman. Horror fans already know that Creepshow is a gem of a film, and the comic book fans need to add this to their library as the best horror comic book film ever made. Essential.

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–Mark

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