When it comes to horror film anthologies, I just can’t get enough. I mentioned this just last week, during my review of CREATURE FEATURE. But within these genre gems, there is a wide variety of quality. Some are forgettable, some are decent, and some are really good. Then you have those films that stand above the rest, the elite 1% by which all other films are graded. One of these top-tier titles is CREEPSHOW, a collaboration by two horror icons, author Stephen King and filmmaker George A. Romero. If you have never heard of CREEPSHOW, then you probably live under a rock.
In my opinion, CREEPSHOW is one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) horror anthologies ever made. It has a bit of everything, and there’s not much more a horror fan can ask for. JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF CREEPSHOW is a behind-the-scenes look at how this fan-favorite film came to be. If you like Special Features (as I do), then you’ll love this documentary.
If you are not familiar with JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF CREEPSHOW, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Synapse Films:
In 1982, Author Stephen King, and Director George A. Romero collaborated on a feature-film tribute to the controversial EC comics of the 1950s. Told through five jolting tales of terror, CREEPSHOW has become a celebrated horror classic over the past three decades. With an all-star cast, and featuring groundbreaking special effects by genre legend Tom Savini, CREEPSHOW stands as a horrific and hilarious tribute to the stories that helped influence (and corrupt) a generation of writers and filmmakers. Now the tales behind the creation of this chilling masterpiece can finally be told!
Featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage and photographs, JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF “CREEPSHOW” also contains over a dozen interviews, including George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins and many others. These are the terrifying stories behind the film that promised you… The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have…BEING SCARED!
If you’ve ever heard the term ‘visual delight’, this film is a perfect example. There is SO MUCH to this documentary, I guarantee you’ll want to watch it again.
JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF CREEPSHOW is shot well, in typical documentary format. The film is comprised of interviews as well as behind-the-scenes footage that was taken prior and during production. The BTS footage shows many of the unique and fun ways the crew brought the film to life, while the interviews showcase the creators and those involved with the shoot.
I have to confess I’ve never read any of the old comics CREEPSHOW was based upon, but from what I understand, the movie is a solid testament and homage to them. I wish Stephen King could have (or would have) participated in this film, as I would love to hear him discuss the comics’ influence on his writing. I’m not sure why he’s missing from the interviews, but that doesn’t really detract from the film as a whole.
JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF CREEPSHOW is an excellent and fascinating look at one of horror’s most legendary films, and I highly recommend it. Regardless of whether you like Special Features or not, this documentary will find a place in every horror fan’s heart. Interestingly, the Special Edition Blu-ray comes with its own special features that include:
• Audio Commentary with Director & Editor Michael Felsher
• Audio Commentary featuring interviews with Actor John Amplas, Property Master Bruce Alan Miller, and Make-Up Effects Assistant Darryl Ferrucci
• Creepshow Days An interview with Director of Photography, Director Michael Gornick
• Extended Interview Segments with George A. Romero, Tom Savini, and Bernie Wrightson
• Behind The Screams A compilation of on-set video footage from Tom Savini
• Horror’s Hallowed Grounds with Sean Clark
• Scream Greats Volume One: Tom Savini, Master of Horror Effects with Optional Audio Commentary with Tom Savini
• Vintage 1982 Evening Magazine Segment shot on the set of the film, featuring rare cast & crew interviews
• Behind-The-Scenes of CREEPSHOW Photo Gallery