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Simon Brown

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325918

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325918.001.0001

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Nasty Things to Nasty People: Creepshow’s Moral Universe

Nasty Things to Nasty People: Creepshow’s Moral Universe

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(p.43) 3: Nasty Things to Nasty People: Creepshow’s Moral Universe
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Creepshow
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Simon Brown

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325918.003.0004

This chapter discusses the influence of EC horror comics on George A. Romero's Creepshow (1982). Despite Romero and Stephen King openly acknowledging the influence of EC, it was not their intention to adapt EC stories, but rather to capture the essence of the comics, making Creepshow an homage to EC rather than an adaptation. This is attested to by the fact that two of the segments of Creepshow are based on stories already published by King. The result is that even though Creepshow draws upon both the subject matter and the themes of EC, they are nevertheless filtered through the different yet complementary preoccupations of King and Romero. The resulting film is therefore a hybrid text that combines elements from King, Romero, and EC, and this is particularly noticeable in the way in which the film adapts EC's moral landscape.

Keywords:   EC horror comics, George A. Romero, Creepshow, Stephen King, EC stories, morality

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