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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’ve made no secret of my love of Stephen King, so today’s picture shouldn’t be a surprise. Stephen King plus drowned zombie from Creepshow equals total happiness. Sorry for the curtness of this piece (and the lateness), but South By and spotty wifi internet downtown is playing hell with my timeliness on this article.

Thanks to Barry Rubin for sending it along! Enjoy!



Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic will be… something. I don’t know what it is yet…

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  • March 15, 2011, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Mr King's t-shirt

    by mrbong

    looks like it says "cruising with my gays" is that right?

  • March 15, 2011, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Creepshow Kicks Ass!!!!

    by DeckardB26354

    This movie was great.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:11 a.m. CST

    What a GREAT film this is. Shame about King's acting..

    by DiamondJoe

    ...but this flick has so much visual flair - fuckin' love it. And some great performances - EG Marshall, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen. And the Ed Harris dance. May it never die.

  • CHRIST Quint, sniff your coffee and work on your Zombie sense.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:13 a.m. CST

    The Behind the Scenes Pic of the day wants its cake...

    by Rob Sterling

  • March 15, 2011, 4:28 a.m. CST

    DARK TOWER question

    by 3D-Man

    Just started reading the series a couple weeks ago. I'm about halfway through THE DRAWING OF THE THREE and it's great so far. However, with five books left to go, I can't imagine the ending doesn't devolve into a convoluted mess. I guess my question is... is it worth it to finish the entire series?

  • March 15, 2011, 4:48 a.m. CST

    THE DRAWING OF THE THREE is the apex

    by Mundungus

    ..... it promises great things to come, but the story doesn't reach that height again. You may enjoy the series, but don't look for it to get any better.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:55 a.m. CST

    BLACK HOUSE is the opopanax

    by Mundungus

    a sort of off shoot of the Dark Tower series that serves as a sequel to The Talisman. I think that it is as strong as the best books of the Dark Tower series.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:39 a.m. CST

    "The Crate" was my fave!

    by BenBraddock

    Actually, "Father's Day" was probs the lamest one. "Bugs" was great too.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Great title music and opening animation too

    by DiamondJoe

    Never saw the sequel but I'm assuming it wasn't too good. Always had a soft spot for Tales From The Darkside though - great story in that about a gargoyle (go with me on this - get the DVD). Another multi-story film that I loved - Cats Eye.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:50 a.m. CST

    it must be a late night for you Quint

    by vin_diggler

    Since that pic has nothing to do with the drowned zombies from Creepshow.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:57 a.m. CST

    3 D-man

    by Manos

    Enjoy each book for what it is. Personally, I felt that Wizard and Glass was the best of the series, but I enjoyed all of them as part of the whole. In my opinion, yes, its worth your time.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:59 a.m. CST

    I got my cake!

    by Cureguy

    Every segment works in Creepshow, even King's over the top acting worked for Jordy.Ed Harris "dance face" is so hilarious. Don't let go, don't let go, don't let go!

  • March 15, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST

    It's meteor crap. Jordy you lunkhead

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I bought the graphic novel as a kid. My neighbors bought their $800 VHS, and this was one of the first movies I saw on it. Every segment was great, and a great cast.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Don't forget the pre-cheers Ted Danson

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    And on TVs bloopers it shows Leslie Nielsen in frustration shooting the pistol at a plane as they're trying to film the beach scene, but can't over the engine noise.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Why does Stephen have a woody?

    by David Ortiz

  • March 15, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Water-logged Ted Danson messed me up....

    by darthderp

    I remember, as a kid (around 9 years old or so), walking in on my parents watching Creepshow on HBO one night, and it was right when Danson and that woman (name eludes me at the moment) are coming after Leslie Nielsen...the sight of those two...I was convinced if I looked out the window I'd see those two walking down my street toward my house. Freaked me right out.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST


    by darthderp

    You people are worse than my kid who wants all McDonald's, all the time!! Maybe if you'd quit bitching, Quint would oblige you!

  • March 15, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Harry is out of the Hospital and no DVD column.

    by Zombieflicker

    I was right!

  • March 15, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST


    by darthderp

    If I spent that long in the hospital, that column would be the LAST thing on my mind after I got out. Leave it be, it'll be posted all in good time.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Massive King fan me.

    by ChickenStu

    Just read "Full Dark, No Stars", "The Dead Zone" and "Cell" over the weekend actually. Never seen Creepshow. It any good?

  • March 15, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Quint I think that's Zombie Nathan & He Wants his Cake

    by Katet19

    Correct? Great picture. Creepshow is one of those movies I'll throw on before bed along with Fright Night and a host of Carpenter stuff to just drift off to. I'm also a constant reader as the name shows.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Lots of love for this movie

    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

    So much campy fun in this movie, it rightfully deserves it's place as a horror classic. Fun and scary (at least when I was 12). I worn this VHS tape into dust with the number of viewings when I was a kid. As mentioned above, wrong zombie mentioned. This was dear old daddy from Fathers Day. @ChickenStu - see the movie. You will not be disappointed! Old school 80's kind of fun!

  • March 15, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST


    by Katet19

    I thoroughly love the series all the way through but I think there are a ton of moments of true greatness that come later, the show down at the convenience store immediately after having been ripped through dimensions, The last stand at the Dixie Pig, the whole of Wizard and Glass, Rhea, The Big Coffin Hunters, the gunless take down/rescue of Sheemie. But to each his own.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Best. Horror. Anthology. Movie. Ever.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Creepshow is genius.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    This Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day

    by Can_You_Fly_Bobby

    Is A Little Something to Tide Us Over!

  • March 15, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    The "Something To Tide You Over" segment is the best part of Creepshow

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    While the rest of the film is just silly and campy (in a fun way, though), that segment is legitimately frightening. Not the zombie stuff, but just the idea of someone so monstrously cruel that he'd bury his tropy wife and her boytoy lover in the sand up to their necks, then kick back witha drink and watch gleefully as they slowly drown, really fucked me up. Leslie Nielsen's performance is splendid (kind of a shame he almost never got to play a straight role again after Airplane!).

  • March 15, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by dagwood

    Totally agree. I saw it as a teenager and that part scared me. It's before I knew who Leslie Neilsen was. Too bad he didn't do less spoofy things after that. He would have killed it.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Re "...Tide...": the horror of drowning and the fucking crab...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    did make that segment the most skin-crawling... but EG Marshall Vs. The Cockroaches was pretty icky, too. God, what a movie... so much fun.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Gotta hold you breath there, Harry

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Gotta hold your breath.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    DT gets even better with "Wizard and Glass"

    by Flip63Hole

    and the last three are a fun little ride. I really enjoyed the Magnificent 7 one (Songs of Susannah?). I'd say yes, the series is worth reading. Quit asking, start reading...

  • March 15, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    my favorite line from creepshow

    by Gunslinger1919


  • March 15, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Creepshow 2 wasn't bad, but nowhere as good as the first

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I can't even remember all the segments of the second, but I remember each of the first with great clarity. More of the segments from Creepshow 2 came from King's short stories. The Raft came from one of his collections. There was the cigar store Indian segment with George Kennedy. For the life of me I can't remember the other segments. But, I did love the animation where the bullies got their due from the special order plants from the comic book.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Yah, Creepshow 2 is a sequel in name only.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    As I remember, there were only three stories, too. Totally forgettable.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    "It's father's day. I got my cake"

    by disfigurehead

    Creepshow is another one I saw in the theater. Classic. Creepshow 2 sucks ass.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    In the pic, King looks like Bill Hader

    by chrmani

  • March 15, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Lots of King stuff lately. Cool with me.

    by Frank Conniff

    I dig his style. I think his shirt says “Cruising With My Gals.” Or maybe “Gal!” since it looks like there is only one girl in the car and the last word appears to have four characters. I guess I would agree that Drawing of the Three is the best Dark Tower book, but I see no reason for anyone not to finish the series. All the books have cool stuff in them.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Dark Tower series

    by Db

    I loved the whole series. Just count yourself as lucky that you don't have to wait four or five years between books like the rest of us did growing up. That damn cliffhanger at the end of the Wastelands with Blaine the monorail... And keep in mind that other King books are also (sometimes tangentially) related to the DT series. The Stand is probably the most relevant, with The Talisman and Black House next most. But also Insomnia, It, Salem's Lot, the first third of Hearts in Atlantis... to get the whole, rich experience of King's multiverse, I'd read those too. Not to intimidate you or anything.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    John Amplas

    by ProfGriffin

    That's John Amplas, Romero's Martin himself in the costume as Nathan Grantham, the 'father' of father's day. Savini cast him because of his extraordinary thin frame, which best suited the decayed patriarch of the family.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    "Cruising With My Baby"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Looks to me like that's what the shirt says...

  • March 15, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Creepshow 2 had only 2 memorable parts

    by BlueDjinn1

    --The "Thanks for the ride, lady!" line (from the segment which would predict the real-life events that were made into "Stuck" --The part in "The Raft" where the college kid basically tries to rape the girl on the raft while she was sleeping, which was doubly disturbing considering that their other two companions had just been killed and eaten by the oil slick blob thing...

  • March 15, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    In The Raft short story it was consensual

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    They were the only two left. They were scared, trying to stay warm, badda bing, badda boom.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    I forgot about the hit and run story.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    "Thanks for the ride lady." King was the truck driver in that one.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    writefortheedit: yes

    by Frank Conniff

    Cruising With My Baby it is. I think.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    It only shows just how little these AICN dips know.

    by Professor_Monster

    Some of these nimrods woke up in a nerd friendly world where liking Zombies was cool - so they jumped into the pool with no idea how to swim. Does that really look like Ted Danson with a bullet hole in his head to you, Quint?

  • March 15, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Anthologies...Amicus had some good ones. I'll always

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    remember the one (Dr Terror's House Of Horrors?) with Christopher Lee as an art critic haunted by the disembodied hand of an artist (Michael Gough) he ridiculed. They did a pretty good Tales From The Crypt also. The cast usually included Peter Cushing, and other Hammer regulars.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by eustisclay

    ...loved those old british anthologies(the House That Dripped Blood was another one). I loved the one where the head of a sanitarium for the blind gets his commeupance. The narrow hallway with the razor blades gave me shivers.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    "Feel how hard you heart is beating Harry, how fast?"


    "Now that's going to make it harder for you to hold your breath." BTW Quint...Epic Fail. The first thing I thought when I saw the picture was that is was clearly the corpse from Father's Day. Creepshow is top notch however. And Dark tower series does go slightly downhill after Wizard and Glass, but still an incredible read.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    its "Cruisin with me GAL'S"

    by mattforce7

    Gals, cuz he's a pimp of sorts

  • March 15, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    by Max

    Bedilia i want My Cake!!!

  • March 15, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Stephen King proved that not ANYONE can play dumb redneck,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    and do it well. A bit of casting nepotism...King's son, Joe, now known as author Joe Hill, played Billy in the bookends of Creepshow. Whatever happened to the fim adaptation of Heart Shaped Box, Hill's debut novel? It was a pretty damn good read.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    The trophy wife...

    by cornloaf

    was Fran from the original Dawn of the Dead.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    My favourite childhood film...

    by Ray_Tango

    ... along with Willy Wonka, these were the films I watched over and over and over... I still sit at the table and bang my hands up and down whenever my Wife is making dinner and chant: "It's Father's Day and I want, my, cake!." Okay, I've only done that a dozen times or so, but it never gets old. Worst story of the bunch though. I like them in this order: Something to tide you over The Crate The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill They're Creeping up on you Father's Day That bit where Leslie Nielson is watching the video feeds and holding a drink and laughing manically, and then stops laughing and goes all dark and serious... fucking awesome acting. I wish Leslie has played a serial killer in a David Lynch film or something.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    "I want my CAKE!"...and 3D-Man,

    by bluebalrog

    Wizard and Glass is the best of them all, IMHO. The very end of the series didn't do it for me personally, but a lot of my friends loved it, so definitely seems like a personal-taste issue.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    HATED Wizard and Glass.

    by ChickenStu

    IMO, that's probably the worst King book I've read. Like fucking Mills & Boon. Load of shit. Wolves of the Calla was a bit boring aswell, that one started to feel like King was running out of ideas and getting lazy. Song of Suzannah and the Finale to the series bought it back to form though. Love the first three though, they are the shit. Especially "The Drawing Of The Three" which is easily in my top 5 of favourite ever King books.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    The scene that freaked me out as a kid . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . was the creature in the crate taking a bite out of that guy's face like an apple. Just warped me. And to whoever mentioned Bill Hader, I was thinking he could play King. If there was ever a reason for someone to play King in a movie, that is. Heh heh heh . . .

  • March 15, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST

    A little tale of Creepshow serendipity.....

    by SubliminalJones

    Saw the film on opening night in my local Bay Ridge, Brooklyn theatre. Loved it(and still do). The next morning, I headed off to the first class of a neighborhood acting workshop I had signed up for. The instructor? Becky from Creepshow herself, Gaylen Ross. That blew my 17 year old mind.

  • March 15, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Nope, it wasn't consensual...

    by BlueDjinn1

    I remember that scene specifically *because* of how disturbing it was that he would be molesting her in her sleep. The girl was sleeping out of sheer exhaustion (they'd basically been up all night stuck on the raft), and the horny guy starts feeling her up; he stops when she wakes up, only to realize that the oil slick goo thing was all over the side of her face:

  • March 15, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    "'Scuse me, Mr. King, can I get your autograph?" "AIEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • March 15, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Creepshow isn't the best horror anthology flick

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    For one thing, it's just too fucking long (two full hours?!), and it puts the worst segment first (aside from the "I want my cake!" bit, "Father's Day" is the most stereotypical and mundane of the batch, and the film didn't need TWO "revenge from the grave" stories in it). And "The Crate" runs too long. Eliminate the "Father's Day" segment and trim the remaining segments (not "Something To Tide You Over", though, that's paced just right. I always wish King had actually written that one as a short story) to around a 95-minute running time, and it'd be a lot better. I actually prefer Cat's Eye overall, as it's punchier and doesn't have one bad segment in it. Also, the recent Trick R Treat was a great horror anthology, and kept things short and sweet.

  • March 16, 2011, 1:39 a.m. CST

    I want my Cake Badeeeeeelllliaaaaaa..

    by TheJudger

    Where's my cake you dirty bitch!!!! It's Fathers Days. Ed Harris dancing to disco. That and Crispin Glovers Final Chapter dance, define the awesome camp of 80's horror. I want a replica of that ashtray. Still dont fully understand why I dont own a bust replica of Nate. I've seen quite a few good ones from recasts made off of the original.

  • March 16, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    What, no love for The Wastelands?! (Spoilers)

    by spire_walk

    Am I the only one who thinks DT3 is the best in the series? It's the only book in the series where you see so much of Roland' world, and it's all fucking creepy. At the very beginning you have the fight with giant mechanical bear whose living side is being eaten away by parasitic worms. The path of the beams are encountered for the first time. Next you have the mini-quest where Jake tells his parents to fuck off, and he goes on a quest to find a portal into Roland's world. The Rose is established as a crucial symbol (I believe the revised version of Gunslinger may mention the rose, but I read the original version first and DT3 is the first time it's mentioned). You have Jake traveling into the old haunted house, which is actually the Guardian of the Portal. It's like the fucking Marsten House comes to life. Great part. Jake and Roland are reunited, thus tying up a loose string from the first book. Oy. The buildup to Lud. The once fabulous, furturistic New York that turns out to be a run down, Somalia/Mad Max hellhole of constant urban warfare. Jake gets kidnapped, Roland goes after him and fucking kicks some ass. Gasher: "YOU!!!" Roland: "Me." *KABLAM* Eddie and Susannah prove themselves as gunslingers. Next you have Blaine the super computer and the ka-tet all find themselves in the hands of a psychopath. And Roland having balls so large he has to carry them in a fucking wheel barrow when he says, "Fuck you." Randall Fucking Flagg shows up. Holy shit, the greatest villain King has ever created comes strolling on into Lud. Fuck yeah, it's on.. it's on!!! The heart of the Dark Tower is in The Wastelands. No other book gives you so much of Roland's World, and no other book sets the stage for what's to come. This is where the Dark Tower peaked. Wizard and Glass was %80 back story that only serves as character development for Roland. Then you get 20% of actual plot continuation. Wolves of the Calla doesn't even feel like it belongs in the same story. Every book prior to this has shown Roland's world to be sick and dying. There were two human settlements prior to this: Tull, which was exterminated by Roland's badassity, and River Crossing (or whatever it's name was) which was full of geriatrics. Lud I suppose was a human settlement, but it was nerve-gassed. In the Calla, this place is full of people and they sing and dance about rice. Where the fuck did that come from?! Wolves show up with light sabers and fucking sneetches from Harry Potter? Are you fucking serious? Song of Susannah... Susannah's managed to fucking kidnap herself, and she's gone batshit crazy again. Blah blah blah, blah blah blah, don't remember much about it, almost a worthless book that doesn't really stand on its own. Dark Tower 7. Oh fuck me. Mordred shows up, kills Randall Fucking Flagg in 5 minutes, eats some bad food, gets the shits, kills Oy, and dies. What. The. Fuck? King decides to piss on the reader's suspension of disbelief and tells his fucking story about how he got hit by a van. This is the third fucking book he's told the goddamned van story. Now the final book of what could have been the greatest series ever becomes a vessel for King to ridicule and destroy the man who hit him. Thanks asshole. You know the guy who hit you died on your birthday a year or two after the accident, right? Hmm, where was I? Oh yeah... the goddamned travesty of DT7. Let's see... more sneetches, they almost get killed by a bug disguised as a stand-up comedian, and finally we've reached the Tower! FUCK YEAH! Roland's going to kill the Crimson King, holy shit!!! Wait.... what's going on here? The Crimson King lost his keys and he's locked out on the balcony of the Dark Tower? He just happens to have a bag of Harry Potter Sneetches with him, and he's throwing them at Roland..... "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!" he screams. Oh wait, he gets killed by a retard basket case with a magic eraser. And what's at the top of the Tower?! "Thank you, Roland, but the Princess is in another Tower." King was either doped off his ass on pain meds when he finished books 5-7, or he hired a Ghost Writer (Robin Firth, I'm looking at you) to finish it. Thank you folks! Hope you've enjoyed reading the modern epic that failed from 1981 - 2005 or so. But, I'll always have books 1, 2, and 3.

  • March 16, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Lighten up Francis . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . I mean nasty in the pasty. If you don't think Creepshow is the best, at least list a movie that's actually better . . .

  • March 16, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    It’s a close call between DT2 and DT3 for me spire_walk

    by Frank Conniff

    You make a good case for Wastelands. I also think most of your points about the later books are valid, but I wouldn’t judge them nearly as harshly based on those points. I enjoyed reading them all. And as for the ending, King did strongly recommend skipping the coda and leaving the interior of the dark tower a mystery.

  • March 16, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    bluedjinn1, reread my comments. The movie

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    version wasn't consensual. I never said it was. I said in the short story it was.

  • March 16, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST


    by spire_walk

    Believe it or not, the Coda is what bothered me the least. It's almost a poetic ending for Roland, being stuck in an infinite-looping hell. It was the Pollack-esque shitslinging that transpires in books 5-7 that ruins it for me.

  • March 16, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Stephen King meets a fan.

    by AsimovLives

  • March 16, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Grammaton--my apologies for the error

    by BlueDjinn1

    Sorry about that. Still, that makes the decision to make it nonconsensual in the movie even more disturbing. Basically, the screenwriters said, "Hey, how about if we have her sleeping and the guy starts molesting her?"

  • March 17, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Wizard and Glass : Best book

    by kingoflight

    I loved the first 5 books, but the last two ... not so much. Just read it and enjoy the ride because you'll love it at parts and hate it at others but it's defiantly a adventure worth reading. Wizard and Glass is the best book i have read, really nothing has come close to it. It's an amazing story with wicked characters that are just so alive still in my mind.

  • March 17, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by kingoflight

    I think i remember watching this on TV one Halloween as a kid, and if any of you are from England it may have been on after Ghostwatch maybe on another channel. I remember the crate and Leslie Nielsen but thats about it :( Need to go and find a copy of it on DVD now.

  • March 17, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    The Raft

    by Db

    In the short story "The Raft", I think from Skeleton Crew, it is consensual. In fact, it almost seems like the oil slick has the two characters hypnotized. They start getting it on and the creature uses this to its advantage. There is a hint of this in the movie, when the guy is looking at the creature and it's rotating slowly and the light is sparkling off of it. It's not explicit but it's implied that the same thing is happening: the oil slick has got this guy in its thrall, like some predators that hypnotize their prey with motion. That's why he starts in on the girl.