Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) take their search for weapons to an abandoned amusement park. Of course, the place was crawling with zombies, giving the lovebirds an opportunity to unleash their signature brand of extreme walker dispatching. In addition to advancing the plot as the show moves towards all-out war, last night’s episode took a moment to pay tribute to couple of its 1980s influences: Creepshow and House.
The Walking Dead is famous for including Easter Egg shout-outs to famous inspirations within the zombie subgenre, so last night’s nod was a bit of a stretch. Still, it can’t be denied producers made an illusion to Creepshow’s Grim-Reaper-esque mascot, who appears in poster form selling tickets behind the glass of a movie theater box office. Did you catch it? Have a look:
Now check it out side by side with the Creepshow poster:
Official Synopsis: Creepshow is a 1982 American black comedy horror anthology film directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King, making this film his screenwriting debut. The film’s ensemble cast included Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, and E. G. Marshall, as well as King himself in his film acting debut. The film was shot on location in Pittsburgh and its suburbs, including Monroeville, where Romero leased an old boys academy (Penn Hall) to build extensive sets for the film.
The film consists of five short stories. Two of these stories were adapted from King’s short stories, with the film bookended by prologue and epilogue scenes featuring a young boy named Billy (played by King’s son, Joe), who is punished by his father for reading horror comics.
House was released in 1985 and stars William Katt as a war veteran living in a haunted house. Two of the fiends he encounters bare strong resemblance to zombies who appeared in last night’s episode of The Walking Dead: A zombie/ghost soldier and a hideous female apparition with many double chins. Check them out behind their counterparts below.
Official Synopsis: A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt.
As for next week’s episode of The Walking Dead, check out a preview for Episode 13: Bury Me Here below.
Official Synopsis: Things do not go as planned when a group of Kingdomers delivers good to The Saviors during a routine supply drop-off.