George Romero / Creepshow (1982)

Tomorrow night George Romero, famed director of such classics as Night of the Living DeadMartin, and The Crazies, is appearing for a Q&A at the TIFF Lightbox with previously mentioned Colin Geddes, followed by a screening of the Stephen King-scripted Creepshow. Creepshow is a horror classic intentionally referencing the dark humour of the classic EC horror comics. Nostalgic in a pleasant way, it’s worth checking out. Tickets are still available here. Note that this is just the start of TIFF’s comprehensive retrospective on the Pittsburgh auteur.

In case you haven’t seen Creepshow a million times (this was a perennial VHS rental for me growing up), here’s the trailer.

Three…Extremes (2004)

In the fine tradition of Two Evil Eyes, Black Sabbath, and Creepshow, Three…Extremes is a anthology of three separate horror shorts, each directed by a different director. Hong Kong’s Fruit Chan directs Dumplings, South Korea’s Park Chan-wook directs Cut and fan-favorite Takashi Miike directs Box.

Cut, the story of an extra who kidnaps and tortures a famous director and his wife is high on Grand Guignol but forgets to provide any reason for the audience to emotionally invest in the characters or the story. Dumplings, the story of a aging actress who takes to eating fetus-stuffed dumplings in an effort to regain her youthful vitality, is far more successful, recalling the best of the old gory EC comic stories. Box finds Miike uncharacteristically using restraint and suggestion to build suspense and a very perverse creepiness. All in all, worth checking out.

Here’s the trailer.