George Romero is best known for terrorizing Pittsburgh with his undead legions, but in 1982, the director teamed up with author Stephen King to make the varied horror anthology Creepshow. On September 26th, Horror Realm and the Hollywood Theater will present a screening of the film for a ghoulish event.
Inspired by the horror comics of the 1950s, Creepshow contains five chilling vignettes written by King. “Father’s Day” tells the tale of a family patriarch rising from the grave to exact revenge on the daughter who murdered him. “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” follows a dim hayseed (played by King) whose body begins sprouting a plant-like organism after a meteorite lands on his property. A scorned husband sends his unfaithful wife and her lover to a watery grave in “Something to Tide You Over,” and a mysterious box containing a hairy beast wreaks bloody havoc at a university in “The Crate.” Finally, a cruel, wealthy germaphobe battles cockroaches during a blackout in “They’re Creeping Up on You.” The film boasts an ensemble cast that includes Leslie Nielson, Hal Holbrook, and Ted Danson, and features special makeup effects by Pittsburgh’s own Tom Savini.
The evening will include a silent auction and an appearance by local actor John Amplas (Martin), who had a small role in “Father’s Day.” Amplas will meet and greet fans before the screening, and will sign autographs for a fee.
The Creepshow event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Theater. A Q&A with Amplas will follow. General admission is $10. Poster tickets are $30 and include a limited-edition, collectible poster designed by artist Dave Slebodnick. Amplas will autograph the posters at no additional charge. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door. Sponsored by Zombies of the Corn and South Hills Financial Group.