BACK IN THE early 1980s, when it was announced that terror titans George A. Romero and Stephen King would collaborate on an anthology feature inspired by the EC horror comics of the 1950s, the news landed like a bomb. It was a dream come true for horror fans, bringing together some of our favorite writers, filmmakers, effects people, and actors, and we showed our appreciation by making it a hit both in theaters and in what was then the still relatively new home video market.
But now I’m getting nostalgic, and there’s really no need for that as Creepshow remains as fresh today as it was in 1982. Generations of young fans continue to make the film their own, and boutique manufacturers are creating all manner of custom collectibles related to it. I’ve collected some of these items here, and with any luck I’ll be doing a follow-up story when more arrive.
I’ve been waiting a lot of years for my Jordy Verrill Chia Pet.
THE LATEST addition to Waxwork’s impressive line of beautifully-designed genre soundtracks comes in red and green variations, and features liner notes by George Romero and the composer of Creepshow‘s evocative score, John Harrison.
The LP was re-mixed for vinyl from the original 1982 master tapes, which Harrison discovered in an attic in Pittsburgh. And based on the samples I’ve heard, the results are stunning.
Hear for yourself at Waxwork Records.
WAXWORK RECORDS has also issued these nifty pins representing all five stories in the Creepshow anthology, as well as the film’s wraparound segment. They’re based on Ghoulish Gary Pullin‘s original artwork from the soundtrack album, and you can buy ’em individually, or discounted as a set, at Waxwork.
SOME ZOMBIES cry out for BRAINS!, but only one that we know of has ever demanded cake. Yes, it’s stubborn old patriarch Nathan Graham, from Creepshow‘s Fathers Day segment, and he’s been immortalized as a 3,75″ scale action figure featuring 9 points of articulation (including a hinged jaw) and a “cake” accessory.
You can find him at Amok Time.
SINCE CREEPSHOW was an homage to the old E.C. comic books that inspired George Romero and Stephen King as youngsters, it was only fitting that the movie’s official “novelization” (published originally by Penguin Books) would take the form of a graphic novel. I bought a copy around the time the movie was released, but subsequently lost it and never got a replacement because it went out of print. But now I have a chance to remedy that situation because Creepshow was recently re-published in its original form by Gallery 13, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Written by Stephen King, from his screenplay, it features interior artwork by the great Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing) and a cover by E.C. veteran Jack Kamen.
It’s available both digitally and in print from Amazon.