Instant Gratification Quick Takes: June 19, 2011

Highlighting odd and off-beat new releases to watch instantly on Netflix

Matt D.’s Father’s Day Pick for June 19, 2011

Creepshow (1982), directed by George Romero, written by Stephen King, with Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, Carrie Nye, Ed Harris and Ted Danson – Here’s a movie that rarely gets brought up as much as it should in conversations about classic 1980s horror films. Although I have a very special place in my heart for Creepshow 2, I know deep down that the original is the better of the two horror anthologies — I have yet to see the direct-to-DVD Creepshow 3 which came out recently (Romero and King were uninvolved with the third film. Makeup artist Tom Savini has said that Tales From The Darkside: The Movie is the unofficial third movie in the Creepshow canon.) What makes Creepshow so great is its style. Whenever a critic describes a movie as being filmed in such a way that it’s referred to as a “comic book come to life,” I’m always reminded that this movie was one of the forerunners in utilizing this motif. Creepshow is literally a 1950s-era pre-Comics Code E.C. comic book come to life in everything from its color scheme to its comic book-style transitions. So why is this my Father’s Day pick? It’s because of the first story in the film, titled “Father’s Day,” a Father’s Day-themed zombie story in which a miserly old man who wants nothing more than his “Father’s Day cake” (whatever the fuck that is) is killed by his daughter. He later return to get his revenge … and his cake. (Available until January 1, 2012)


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