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.

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Colin Geddes interview

Read a worthwhile interview with Colin Geddes–film festival programmer, Kung Fu Fridays mastermind, Hong Kong movie expert, cult cinema blogger, past zine writer and all-around good guy–here. Geddes has been responsible for programming some of the more exciting screenings in this city for many years now.

I was always obsessed with war and science fiction films and comic books. I grew up in the countryside, just outside of Kingston. A lot of that stuff was hard to obtain. This was before the Internet and video tapes. You could only see films in the theatre and late night TV. We only got two channels on a black and white television, so I read up so much on films that I couldn’t actually see until I moved to the big city.

If you want to read more, here is an older article on Geddes’ film preservation efforts.