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Uploaded on Oct 2, 2011
For George Romero Completists & CREEPSHOW fans!
I'm a big fan of CREEPSHOW, the first collaboration between George A. Romero and Stephen King, and was thrilled to find this behind-the-scenes footage from 1982. Warner Bros. has yet to release a special edition of this film, so far all I know there's a wealth of "making-of" footage floating around out there, but this is the first and only I've ever seen so I figured I should share it here with my fellow YouTubers.
Note: I've been told there is a tape floating around that contains much of Tom Savini's home video of the filming of the FX sequences from the flick, and it definitely sounds like it would be worth tracking down, but I haven't seen it yet. CREEPSHOW fans will also want to check out the extended and deleted scenes from the workprint of the film posted right here on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXVOUb...
So, where did this footage come from? Well, I was house-sitting for a friend around 1993 and was bored out of my mind digging through his closet full of VHS cassettes when I found this odd "compilation" tape. On it was several hours of varied recordings including MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, a couple 80's TV variety shows, a long show on Stephen Spielberg and the release/making of E.T. and POLTERGEIST (which included some interesting behind-the-scenes footage on that Tobe Hooper directed film), and then this: PM MAGAZINE's Halloween Special from 1982 that included among other things, a look at the making of CREEPSHOW.
On-set interviews include Romero, King, Savini, Adrienne Barbeau, Hal Holbrook, E.G. Marshall and the movie's bug wranglers! In fact, much of the footage was shot during the filming of the THEY'RE CREEPING UP ON YOU segment. Film and horror buffs will enjoy noting the use of music from a few other movies including THE OMEN and THE STUNTMAN as well as the inclusion of a few seconds of footage from DOCUMENT OF THE DEAD. I was shocked to see the DOCUMENT footage as I would've figured that in 1982 it was still a completely buried "thing of legend", but the PM people got their hands on it somehow. The piece also includes clips from NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD and MARTIN!
Do know going in that the picture quality isn't very good as it's struck from a 25-year-old VHS tape recorded in the worst quality SLP mode, but if you're a Romero completist, like myself, or a big fan of CREEPSHOW, I think you'll dig it!