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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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A New World of Blood and Monsters: Creepshow, Gore and Violence

A New World of Blood and Monsters: Creepshow, Gore and Violence

(p.71) 5: A New World of Blood and Monsters: Creepshow, Gore and Violence

Simon Brown

Liverpool University Press

This chapter evaluates Creepshow's use of gore and horror make-up effects (HFX) as developed and practiced by Tom Savini and George A. Romero. It locates the film within the context of the cinematic horror genre in the early 1980s. EC's horror comics did not shy away from the frank illustration of bodily mutilation and oozing, decaying corpses, but what they did tend to shun was explicit blood-letting and the detailed depiction of the moment of death. If the tradition of EC in representing the moment of death and the process of mutilation tended towards restraint, then Creepshow appeared at a time in cinema when the opposite was happening, and the boundaries of what both could and should be seen in horror films were being pushed to breaking point. What makes Creepshow particularly relevant in relation to this movement is that two thirds of its main creative team, director George Romero and make-up effects supervisor Tom Savini, had previously played a major role in opening the floodgates of what was acceptable in terms of the detailed depiction of explicit horror with Dawn of the Dead (1978).

Keywords:   George A. Romero, Creepshow, horror make-up, gore, Tom Savini, cinematic horror genre, EC horror comics, horror films, Dawn of the Dead, explicit horror

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