This five-part film (1982), based on the format of 50s horror comics, marks one of the few times George Romero has directed someone else’s script (it’s by Stephen King), and the results are only mildly interesting by the standards of his “Dead” trilogy. Romero’s concerns—with intrafamily, intracommunal violence, with the horror of quantity and the horror of the insensate—come through only fitfully, and the short-form style doesn’t allow him to develop his characteristic intensity. The final sequence, in which E.G. Marshall is beset by an army of cockroaches, is the most personal and most effective. With Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, Carrie Nye, and Viveca Lindfors.
R • 1 hour 57 min • 1982