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Creepshow was a horror movie that was released in 1982 at the height of the slasher movie craze. Creepshow was a horror anthology featuring five gruesome tales of the macabre. The film was the brainchild of Stephen King who was at the height of his popularity. Films based on his bestselling novels were becoming quite popular as well. The five short stories in the book revolve around the walking dead seeking revenge, a husband that has been cheated seeking revenge by using the ocean in a garish way, a devilish creature in a box is released in a very hungry state, a meteorite lands and turns a simpleton (played by King himself) into a moss monster, and a miserly clean freak is attacked by a massive cockroach army. The film is a homage to the EC Comic books of the 1950s such as Tales from the Crypt and the Vault of Horror. The plots of the short stories are very similar to EC works. King even wrote a comic book version of this film which was released a few months before the film was in theaters. King was not the only horror icon involved with the film. The film was directed by George A. Romero who had achieved great success with Dawn of the Dead in 1978. The brilliant special effects where created by the great Tom Savini who also did the zombie and gore effects for Dawn of the Dead. Creepshow turned out to be a surprise hit earning $21+ million at the box office. This was considered a huge surprise because anthology films traditionally do not do very well at the box office. Creepshow was an exception to the historical lack of audience interest in anthologies. Today, the film still maintains a strong cult following and maintains a strong following. It continues to find a new audience every year.