Aside from the knee-slapping quips from John Carpenter himself doing his best Cryptkeeper impersonation, there just isn’t much to like in these segments. They all feel badly conceived: being thinly developed, lacking true scares and laughs, and never rising out of their stories generics to make you not notice how non-creative they are. Their sense of energy and fun is undercut by this lack.
I liked the first installment (for the most part), the second had a few chuckles, the last one is the most derivative and therefore, the least essential. This is obviously Showtime's attempt to cash in on the success of HBO's 'Tales From The Crypt', with Carpenter himself playing a poor man's version of the Cryptkeeper. I can't really recommend it as the material feels second rate
John Carpenter is your host, Wes Craven is your town's drunk, Sam Raimi is employee of the month and Haddonfield citizen is your serial killer. It's a lot more comedy than horror and - even though is everything you'd expect from a TV movie - it's still a fun ride and a most see for any horror anthology buff. Hair transplant story is brilliance for itself, while the rest is pretty much watchable.
I thought this was loads of fun, and it’s an obvious must-see for any lover of the horror genre with all of its cameos by some of the genre’s legends. Plus, it’s Carpenter directing, scoring, and hosting.
Way better than Creepshow. The first story is a bit dissimilar from the others, but it is legitimately scary with how vulnerable its protagonist is being alone in a gas station late at night. The second story is the goofiest, but it made me shiver because of how creepy it is. It felt very original. Mark Hamill's story is the weakest, but Hamill gives some good acting. Also, I loved the funny Carpenter interludes.
While certainly not the worst horror anthology out there, none of the stories are ultimately worth recommending. "The Gas Station" build up a lot of suspense, but has a lackluster payoff. "Hair," easily the worst of the three, suffers from a weak concept played too straight for it's own good. "The Eye" boasts a twisted Mark Hamill, but the concept is far from original. It's an easy watch, but nothing remarkable.
I'm glad this wasn't picked up as a series. Despite one or two good moments and fairly good camerawork, the stories are clumsy, dull, and the material seems like something that's been chewed a million times. Hamill's performance stands out as hands down the best one, but I'd still recommend this to only horror completionists, who want to watch everything that Carpenter and Hooper have made.