Creepshow / Code Red

Creepshow (1982)

My sister got this for me for Christmas.  She’s actually got pretty good taste in films, but in reality it was fished out of my Amazon wishlist when I pointed out it was still on there.

Creepshow is a small collection of horror shorts written by Stephen King and directed by George Romero, which should immediately suggest that it’s worth watching.  There are 5 stories here, linked by the pages of a horror comic angrily thrown in the trash by a boys father.  All are presented in a comic book style and don’t take themselves too seriously – the balance is just right.

There were a few of these collections floating around in the 70s and 80s, for example Tales From The Crypt and Cat’s Eye, but for my money this is actually the best of the lot.  I don’t want to say too much about the stories because honestly I don’t want to spoil it for you.


Code Red (2013)

Another month, another zombie film.  This time it’s a gas bioweapon left over from World War II, which ends up infecting a city in Bulgaria which houses an old weapon stockpile..  Obviously an American special forces agent is sent to investigate, world police and all that.

Actually despite that pretty dismissive description, this one is decent and perfectly watchable.  The plot isn’t too bad, the effects are good, the setting makes an interesting change and it doesn’t hang around long enough to outstay its welcome.  If you really haven’t had your fill of zombies yet, you can do worse.

The real shame about the movie is that it starts off showing the events of World War II, and that section of the film is a lot more promising, honestly one of the early scenes where you see a whole group of previously dead soldiers stumbling to life in the rubble is the best scene of the film.