During Fan Expo Canada 2015, George A. Romero had said that the cockroaches were the most expensive part of the movie, stating that the cockroaches cost fifty cents a piece, and they used more then two hundred fifty thousand of them, a grand total of one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars on roaches alone.
While he was all business in his scenes, Leslie Nielsen had a fart machine in his pocket during the shooting. He would let it go off during rehearsals, and just before Director George A. Romero would call "Action!", causing Ted Danson and the crew to crack up with laughter.
Ted Danson, who played Harry Wentworth in "Something to Tide You Over" said in a television interview that his daughter was on the set during the scene where his character returns from the dead, encased in rotting flesh and seaweed. He purposefully tried avoiding his young daughter, out of fear of scaring her. Finally, despite his best efforts, she went up to him, looked at him and simply said, "Oh, hi Dad."
During a break in filming, Stephen King took his son to a McDonald's, and as a joke, Joe was made-up with bruises, cuts, and scabs. The girl at the drive-thru window called the police when she saw him.
The music playing on Upson Pratt's jukebox at the beginning of "They're Creeping Up On You" is the same instrumental that plays over the end credits of The Evil Dead (1981).
Warner Brothers tried a very unusual release strategy with the film. Instead of opening the film wide during the lucrative summer season, the studio gave it a four-week trial run at several Boston-area theatres in July 1982. After it did great business, Warner Brothers ended the trial, and prepared for a wider release in November 1982. Their thinking was that a bizarre, R-rated horror film's best position was as close as possible to Halloween, and that a pre-October 31st release was a non-starter, because it would have had to compete with Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), but Warner Brothers forecast, correctly, that the Michael Myers'-less third Halloween movie would burn out quickly, and leave the horror field open for this movie to do impressive business, which it did.
Rice Krispies were used as maggots on the corpse's eyes in the first story, "Father's Day". In addition, real maggots were also utilized.
King was told to play Jordy like Wile E. Coyote, the way he looks when he goes off a cliff.
The marble ashtray (which plays a major role in "Father's Day") is featured in all five of the film's segments if you look closely. 1 - Father's Day - obvious. Shown to viewers multiple times. 2 - The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill - next to the cash box at the Department of Meteors. 3 - Something to Tide You Over - on the nightstand next to Richard's bed. 4 - The Crate - on the writing desk when Henry writes the letter to Wilma. 5 - They're Creeping Up On You - the soap dish when Upson Pratt is washing his hands. 6 - The wraparound story - on Billy's desk when he first starts stabbing the voodoo doll.
Stephen King had an allergic reaction to the make-up he had to wear for Jordy Verill's transformation. He was subjected to shots and medication "so the work would be bearable."
In "Father's Day", Aunt Bedelia's father came to life after she spilled whiskey on his grave. In Gaelic, the word for whiskey is translated as "water of life", and is possibly a nod to James Joyce and his book "Finnegan's Wake". In the book, a builder's laborer falls from a ladder and breaks his skull, but is revived when someone spills whiskey on his corpse at the wake. The story of Finnegan's Wake, in turn, is based on an old Dublin street ballad.
In a "Creepshow" special feature from the pages of Cinefantastique Magazine around the time of this movie's release, Stephen King and George A. Romero revealed that if the film's final story ("They're Creeping Up On You!") had proven to be too difficult and ambitious to film, it would have been substituted with the King short story "The Hitch-Hiker", which ended up being the final story of Creepshow 2 (1987), directed by George A. Romero's cinematographer on this movie, Michael Gornick.
The on-set nickname for the monster in the crate in this movie's fourth story was "Fluffy", as named by George A. Romero. The creature's creator (and Make-up Artist on the entire film), Tom Savini, was the shorter garbageman featured near the end of the film.
In Stephen King's original script for the film, the final story, "They're Creeping Up On You!", originally took place in a lush, carpeted penthouse apartment. However, because with roaches, this would have been unworkable, Romero opted for an emptier, almost hospital room-like set for the story.
At the beginning of the film, when the boy's father is scolding him for reading the comic, the boy comes back with saying it's no worse than what's in the porno magazines his father has. Stephen King got his start writing short horror stories for pornographic magazines.
Stephen King carried a toy figure of the character "Greedo" from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) on the "Creepshow" set for good luck.
The crew was also the crew for Sleepaway Camp (1983) according to Jonathan Tiersten.
The prop 10-cent "CREEPSHOW" comic book featured in the film was drawn and inked by veteran artist Jack Kamen, one of the artists for the original E.C. crime and horror comics of the 1950s. This movie was a tribute to those comic books. Jack Kamen also created the comic book-style poster for the film, which was also featured on the front of the Plume "Creepshow" comic book adaptation (for which Bernie Wrightson, another prolific horror comic artist, drew and inked the interiors). Originally, (Stephen King wanted Graham Ingels, another E.C. artist (famous for his work on the title "The Haunt of Fear") to do the artwork for this movie's poster, but he refused. It was head of E.C. comics William M. Gaines who then suggested Jack Kamen do the assignment. Kamen accepted.
According to Tom Savini, when "Fluffy" breaks out of the crate, once it's dumped in the water, the remains of Billie (Adrianne Barbeau's character) were supposed to float out of the crate. This, however, was cut.
At the end of "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill", on the signpost is the town of Portland, Maine. Stephen King calls Bangor home but was born in Portland, and King is the star of this segment of the film.
Stephen King and George A. Romero were good friends, and always wanted to work with each other on a film. This was their opportunity, and they took it.
It is rumored that Max von Sydow was originally slated to play Upson Pratt in the final segment, "They're Creeping Up On You!".
Two of the characters featured in the film, Tabitha and Richard (The new professors at the faculty reception at the beginning of the fourth segment, "The Crate"), were named after Tabitha King (Stephen King's wife) and Richard Bachman (his ghostwriting name), according to King.
The episode "Something to Tide You Over" is almost identical to Stephen King's short story "The Ledge", in which a wealthy man forces his wife's lover to risk his life for amusement. "The Ledge" made its way onto film, as the second segment of Cat's Eye (1985).
Fluffy, the creature from "The Crate", was the first fully animatronic creature Tom Savini had created. He spent over a hour and a half on the phone with Rob Bottin (effects artist from The Thing (1982), The Howling (1981) and Total Recall (1990)) getting advice on how to build it.
A sign leading to "Castle Rock" (Stephen King's trademark fictitious town) appeared at the end of the segment "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill", among other signs.
Viveca Lindfors asked George A. Romero if she could improvise the scene at the tomb. To do the scene, she thought about her relationship with her own father and her hidden anger at her ex-husband George Tabori.
In a possible homage to John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) set in the Antarctic , the crate discovered in the third segment has "Ship to Julie Carpenter from Arctic Expedition".
Tom Savini, on an episode of Livewire (1980) revealed that all of the creatures on the film had nicknames. As well as the creature in the crate, "Fluffy", the name of the skeleton at the window in the beginning of the film was nicknamed "Raoul".
George A. Romero adapted Stephen King's novel "The Dark Half" as a film. That film featured Ed Harris' wife, Amy Madigan. Harris appeared in Needful Things (1993) as Sheriff Alan Pangborn, a character who originally appeared in The Dark Half (1993).
Adrienne Barbeau was still married to John Carpenter when Creepshow was released. Carpenter made the film version of Stephen King's Christine (1983). King wrote and makes an appearance in this movie. Additionally, Hal Holbrook and Tom Atkins, who starred in this film, co-starred in The Fog (1980) with Adrienne, and which Carpenter directed.
Stephen King put one of the latex tongues in his mouth, and as a practical joke, stuck it out at the unsuspecting.
The housekeeper in the "Father's Day" sequence was "Mrs. Danvers". The malevolent housekeeper in Sir Alfred Hitchcock's suspense film Rebecca (1940) was also named "Mrs. Danvers".
Originally, in Stephen King's first draft one hundred forty-two-page screenplay for the film, the stories "The Crate" and "Something to Tide You Over" switched places. Making "The Crate" story number three, and "Tide" story number four. This was also how the Berni Wrightson Creepshow graphic novel adaptation turned out.
The world's largest collection of original Creepshow memorabilia belongs to the Creepshow museum, and is located on Facebook, and in Louisiana.
According to George A. Romero, ten minutes were cut from this movie, as a part of the deal with Warner Brothers for distribution.
Contrary to what Richard says in "Father's Day", Nathan Grantham wasn't "about one hundred eighty-four" years old when he died, but, according to the Roman numerals on his tomb obelisk, he was ninety-four (born MDCCCLXXVIII (1878), died MCMLXXII (1972), 1972-1878=94).
Because Tom Savini had never made an animatronic creature before, he contacted fellow special effects artist Rob Bottin for advice on how to do it.
John Amplas, star of Romero's contemporary vampire film Martin, makes an appearance as Nathan Zombie.
During the opening scene when the father (Tom Atkins) slaps his son (Joe King), you can see that Joe slaps himself with his own left hand in slow motion. Stephen King was reportedly on-set during filming, and was concerned about this scene, hence Romero's use of this quick-shot technique.
In "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill", the film playing on Jordy's television in the background is A Star Is Born (1937), according to George A. Romero's commentary on the UK Special Edition DVD.
A screen capture of the "Creepshow" comic book featured in the film, reveals that the letters page has letters from "Brian Hall of Ann Arbor, Mich." and "David Graves of Spruce, Maryland", among others. Spruce is the maiden name of Stephen King's wife Tabitha. David Graves is the name of King's late brother-in-law (married to wife Tabitha's sister, Catherine). David Graves lived in Maryland (although not "Spruce", Maryland), until his death in 2000.
One of the episodes in this movie is called Father's Day. Stephen King could not focus on Mother's Day in this episode since there was a Mother's Day slasher movie that came out right before this; which came out in 1980. So he changed it to Father's Day. Incidentally; the plot of this; where an abusive father terrorizes his put upon servant daughter even from beyond the grave; using supernatural means; is similar to the Twilight Zone episode The Lateness of the Hour. (It's a bloodier more violent version of that plot; Father's Day is essentially a slasher movie).
One of at least four films shot during the late 1970s through to the late 1980s in which a character was buried in sand or ground, with only his or her head shown above ground level. It was Scott Glenn in The Challenge (1982), whose character Rick spends five days in it. The other actors and films were various extras in Caligula (1979), Ted Danson in this movie, and David Bowie in Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983).
Fritz Weaver and Don Keefer, who share scenes in "The Crate", are alumni of the classic television series The Twilight Zone (1959): Keefer in the episode "It's a Good Life", Weaver in "The Obsolete Man" and "Third From The Sun". Jon Lormer (Nathan Grantham in the "Father's Day" segment) appeared in four The Twilight Zone (1959) episodes: "Execution", "Dust", "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank", and "Jess-Belle".
One of four films that Adrienne Barbeau and Tom Atkins were in together. The other three Escape From New York, The Fog, and Two Evil Eyes. In all four films they never appear together on screen.