CREEPSHOW
1982, Warner Bros., 120 min, USA, Dir: George Romero

There hadn’t been a lot of anthology movies when the George Romero/Stephen King collaboration CREEPSHOW, a film inspired by classic EC horror comics, debuted in 1982; in comparison to the sober, big-budget thrills of POLTERGEIST and THE THING, the Romero/King effort was a refreshing blast of B-movie fun, low on budget and ambition but with a surprisingly good cast: Hal Holbrook, E.G. Marshall, Ted Danson, Leslie Nielsen, Ed Harris, Fritz Weaver and King himself. "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," the segment with King (as an incredibly stupid farmer), is probably the most memorable even though it’s a short vignette compared with the others - it’s a deft takeoff of THE BLOB and a riff on those moronic victims in ’50s sci-fi movies who always want to be first in line to check out that strange light coming from over the next rise.


DAY OF THE ANIMALS
1977, Film Ventures Intl., 97 min, Dir: William Girdler

It’s man versus Mother Nature, and she’s packing razor-sharp claws and teeth. With the ozone depleted, a group of nature-happy hikers pays the ultimate price as radiation-crazed animals run amok. There’s mountain lions, grizzly bears and shirtless Leslie Nielsens … oh my!


NAKED GUN 33 1/3: THE FINAL INSULT
1994, Paramount, 83 min, Dir: Peter Segal

Dir. Peter Segal. Frank Drebin comes out of retirement for one last job, stopping terrorists who plan to bomb the Oscars. This premise allows the filmmakers to aim a barrage of showbiz parodies and in-jokes at the audience, to hilarious effect. George Kennedy returns as the ever-reliable Ed Hocken.


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