Three short stories based in '50s comic book lore. Spielberg's World War II yarn of a doomed cartoonist saved through the power of imagination is the worst by far: it begins as pulp and sinks into pure slush. The second segment, in which a horror actor dressed as a mummy is mistaken by rednecks for the real thing, is almost worth the price of admission alone: directed by Dear with the speed, flash and wit of Raiders-era Spielberg. The Zemeckis contribution is a heavy-handed but enjoyable spoof, with two pupils terrorised by a headless English teacher spouting Shakespeare. There's salt enough to the popcorn, but as with Romero's Creepshow, the whole is never more than the sum of its parts.
Cast and crew
William Dear, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg
Mick Garris, Tom McLoughlin, Bob Gale, Menno Meyjes, Earl Pomerantz
Kiefer Sutherland Gary Mauro Casey Siemaszko John Philbin Jeffrey Jay Cohen Kevin Costner