Just Desserts: The Making Of “Creepshow” (2007) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Michael Felsher
Starring: George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Ed Harris
Rated: UR/Region O/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Synapse Films
In 1982, Author Stephen King, and Director George A. Romero collaborated on a feature-film tribute to the controversial EC comics of the 1950s. Told through five jolting tales of terror, CREEPSHOW has become a celebrated horror classic over the past three decades. With an all-star cast, and featuring groundbreaking special effects by genre legend Tom Savini, CREEPSHOW stands as a horrific and hilarious tribute to the stories that helped influence (and corrupt) a generation of writers and filmmakers. Now the tales behind the creation of this chilling masterpiece can finally be told! Featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage and photographs, JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF “CREEPSHOW” also contains over a dozen interviews, including George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins and many others.
If you buy classic and cult horror Blu-rays/DVDs and watch the extras (which you should), then I’m sure you are very much familiar with Michael Felsher and his Red Shirt Pictures brand. Basically, he does interviews and makes behind the scene featurettes and such for movies that are getting special releases. His Creepshow one here, Just Desserts, was not only feature length but was interesting enough to stand on its own merits as we see here with this Blu-ray release from Synapse. Watching it now on this release I can’t help but get the feeling I had seen it before, but I’m not sure where. I think it was only available on a UK Creepshow release but the only things I’ve had were the US Creepshow snap case DVD and the Blu-ray. Both of which I would think lacked this, but then again I don’t have the DVD anymore to see if it was on there. The Blu-ray was about as bare as you could get. Regardless a doc like this does make you want to see Creepshow again, so you probably will want to own a copy of that classic before getting into this. Diving into this you’ll find a series of interviews with George Romero, Tom Savini, and many other people from behind the scenes of the film. One person, you’ll notice missing is Stephen King. They cover him a whole lot here and all speak very well of him, but I do really wish we had him along for the ride in an otherwise nearly flawless look back at the movie.
The doc does what all good docs about films should do. We start from the conception of the idea and the EC Comics influence and we roll along to casting, filming, and basically any zany story that might have come in between it. One of the best moments of the film is where we hear all about the roaches that were used for the They’re Creeping Up on You segment. We hear all about those roaches and how some may still be around that spawned from those. It is a very interesting story, to say the least. Other stories range from the casting choices for other segments, which include talk about Ted Danson and how funny he was, Leslie Nielsen and his fart machine, and other cool stuff like Adrienne Barbeau and her playing a drunk when she’s never drunk before. You won’t find a real down portion of this thing, as everything seems pretty tight in the editing and flows from one thing to another without flaw. I also really enjoyed hearing about Stephen King’s casting and his over the top performance from the Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill segment. All you HD fans out there will be happy to know that things look good here. I won’t say it pops the most of any Blu I’ve seen but it certainly isn’t a bad looking disc. The interviews are a bit dated and I’m sure that’s why some things might not be as bright and clear as you might expect, but all the graphics seem to really look nice. I am unable to take my own screenshots, so until something comes along online I’m afraid all those people who are hard to please on Blu-ray.com will just have to take my word on it (UPDATE: Screenshots are here now from Mondo Digital). As for everyone else, if you love Creepshow and you’ve never seen this doc before, then you should do yourself a favor and seek it out now.
– Audio Commentary with Director & Editor Michael Felsher
– Audio Commentary featuring interviews with Actor John Amplas, Property Master Bruce Alan Miller, and Make-Up Effects Assistant Darryl Ferrucci
– Creepshow Days An interview with Director of Photography, Director Michael Gornick
– Extended Interview Segments with George A. Romero, Tom Savini, and Bernie Wrightson
– Behind The Screams A compilation of on-set video footage from Tom Savini
– Horror’s Hallowed Grounds with Sean Clark
– Scream Greats Volume One: Tom Savini, Master of Horror Effects with Optional Audio Commentary with Tom Savini
– Vintage 1982 Evening Magazine Segment shot on the set of the film, featuring rare cast & crew interviews
– Behind-The-Scenes of CREEPSHOW Photo Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 88%