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Let’s go back to 1982 for one of the 80’s cool collections of creepy, eerie scary stories that will make you laugh too.
Directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King who made his screenwriting debut on this film.
The film’s cast includes Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson and E.G. Marshall as well as King himself who recently had his acting debut in Romero’s “Knightriders” a year earlier.
The film was primarily shot on location in Pittsburgh and its suburbs, including Monroeville, where Romero leased an old boys academy (Penn Hall) to build extensive sets for the film.
The film consists of five short stories: “Father’s Day”, “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” (based on the King short story “Weeds”), “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, with the film bookended by prologue and epilogue scenes featuring a young boy named Billy (played by King’s son, Joe), who is punished by his father for reading horror comics.
The film is an homage to the EC horror comics of the 1950s, such as Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror and The Haunt of Fear. In order for the film to give viewers a comic book feel, Romero hired long-time effects specialist Tom Savini to replicate comic-like effects.
The movie was budgeted for 8 million dollars and grossed over 21 million at the box office.
The sequel released 5 years later picks up where the original left off, with great, dark comedy horror stories.
Source: Sal Amato