Appears in: Creepshow (1982)
Scariest moment: An arrogant grad student, not believing his professor's story about the monster in the crate, foolishly investigates and gruesomely meets the beast face to face.
Weakness: The lack of desire to stray too far away from the crate.
As a whole, Creepshow, the E.C. Comics-inspired horror anthology from George A. Romero and Stephen King, holds up as one of the best genre omnibuses of all time. Like every other anthology, the 1982 gem has its weak spots, as well as one segment that's inarguably its strongest component, and that's "The Crate."
Adapting his own short story, King lays out a bloody, shocking, but also darkly funny tale of a disgruntled husband's (Hal Holbrook) payback against his emotionally abusive, insufferable wife (Adrienne Barbeau). How the male spouse enacts his revenge is the real rub: He desperately employs a Yeti-like monster, found inside a college basement, that's been dormant inside a crate for 148 years.
Romero doesn't show viewers much of the crate's inhabitant until the segment's payoff. And, as you can see above, it's totally worth it.