Q: Was Ted Danson buried alive in the movie "Creepshow"? I seem to remember that, but it can't be right, can it?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

It is right, and it can be right because "Creepshow" isn't your average schlocky horror movie.

The 1982 anthology film is more like a tribute to the gross-out horror stories that came before it. And so, as a lighthearted homage rather than a sincere attempt at low-budget horror, it managed to get some big names to participate.

Well, relatively big. Ted Danson was starting to make a name for himself at that point, but it's worth noting that "Cheers," his star-making show, didn't premiere until after "Creepshow" was released.

When "Creepshow" first came out in the summer of 1982 (in limited release, prior to a wider release in the fall), Danson was just a (very) handsome face with a few guest spots and small film roles on his resume.

That could be why he wasn't even the main character in his part of the film. "Creepshow" was divided into five segments telling five different stories. The star of Danson's segment, "Something to Tide You Over," was actually Leslie Nielsen. Nielsen was quite famous at the time, enjoying a career renaissance as a comedic leading man, having previous established himself as a supporting star in dramas.

In "Creepshow," Danson plays the handsome younger man with whom Nielsen's wife is having an affair. Nielsen takes appropriately creepy revenge on them by burying them both up to the neck at a beach, just below the tide line.

However, the real star power behind "Creepshow" wasn't even the actors. The movie was a collaboration between legendary horror director George A. Romero (who made 1968's "Night of the Living Dead" and its various sequels) and even more legendary horror writer Stephen King. The two had long been friends and decided to do this together for kicks.

Though King's main involvement was writing the script, he also, again for fun, starred in one of the segments. His performance was not well received, but of course that's not really the point.


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