Creepshow – Shudder series – reviews

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“The level of artistry on display already demands attention, but the segments are carefully curated as well. The first episode may kickstart the season with heavyweights King and Nicotero, but it’s the smaller-scaled segment by Malerman and Harrison that provided the biggest surprise. That makes for an exciting promise of what’s still to come.” Bloody Disgusting

” …there’s a lot to love here for fans of old-school horror, even more so specifically for anyone who loved the original Creepshow. Shudder’s series maintains the same affection for EC Comics, including scene transitions that mimick the paneled layouts and speech bubbles of those pages, and yes, the Creep himself is back as your esteemed host.” Collider

” …maybe a merely eerie appetizer is an appropriate way to open the series. “Gray Matter,” and “Creepshow” on the whole by extension, doesn’t go as darkly comedic as the feature film that inspired it. But it does stay true to the flighty four-color complexion of its comic book roots with a setup that’s only as deep as required to deliver a pop scare punchline.” Culture Crypt

“It’s a free-wheeling and easy fit for Shudder that, while not out for blood, is good for a chuckle and a jump. Creepshow isn’t out to change the game in horror but instead take us back to splashy scares from long ago, with quasi-campy shorts filled with familiar faces.” IGN

“In just this first episode, it is apparent that Creepshow is going to provide weekly chills of all varieties, with the sort of practical effects that horror fans will scream over. And yes, unlike the Creepshow sequels, this series continues the tradition of leaning heavily into the comic book style, with illustrations that work as transitions to the next story…” Matt Konopka, Killer Horror Critic

“Both installments are surprisingly sedate, especially considering they were the ones chosen for the series premiere. What’s more, the Creep, though technically impressive, struggles to give Creepshow a sense of identity aside from being a recognizable component of the original film. This being an anthology, though, there’s reason to believe the best is yet to come.” Screen Rant

Previously, we reported that horror genre icon Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator) has joined Creepshow series, along with Bruce Davison (The Lords of Salem). Jeffrey Combs and Kid Cudi will star in “Bad Wolf Down,” written and directed by Rob Schrab. Bruce Davison will star in “Night of the Paw,” written by John Esposito.

In other casting news, it was revealed that Big Boi is featured in “The Man in the Suitcase” written by Christopher Buehlman and directed by Dave Bruckner (The Ritual).

 

The recent cast announcements are in addition to Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito, David Arquette, Tobin Bell, Tricia Helfer and Dana Gould, who were previously announced.

Creepshow is a 2019 six-part anthology TV series being produced for Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for thriller, suspense and horror. The Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero is executive producing, supervising the show’s creative elements and will direct one episode.

Other directors will include David Bruckner (The Ritual), Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound), and Rob Schrab (Community). John Harrison, who was the first assistant director for Romero on the original 1982 Creepshow movie, will be directing a story he has co-written with Nicotero.

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Shudder has now announced all twelve segments that will make up the series’ six-episode season.

“All Hallows Eve”
Written by: Bruce Jones
Directed by: John Harrison
Even then they’re a little too old, this group of friends still want to trick-or-treat but getting candy isn’t all they are looking for.

“Bad Wolf Down”
Written by: Rob Schrab
Directed by: Rob Schrab
A group of American soldiers, trapped behind enemy lines during World War II, finds an unconventional way to even the odds.

“By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain”
Story by: Joe Hill, adapted by Jason Ciaramella
Directed by: Tom Savini
Her dad died looking for the monster living at the bottom of Lake Champlain, and now, will she?

“The Companion”
Story by: Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale & Keith Lansdale, adapted by Matt Venne
Directed by: Dave Bruckner (The Ritual)
A young boy, bullied by his older brother, sneaks into an abandoned farm that is protected by a supernatural force.

“The Finger”
Written by: David J. Schow (The Crow)
Directed by: Greg Nicotero
An unhappy man discovers a severed, inhuman appendage on the street and brings it home, where it grows into a loyal companion with some deadly quirks.

“Grey Matter”
Story by: Stephen King, adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi
Directed by: Greg Nicotero
Doc and Chief, two old-timers in a small, dying town, brave a storm to check on Richie, an alcoholic single father, after encountering his terrified son at the local convenience store. The story, first published in 1973, is part of King’s best-selling 1978 collection, Night Shift.

“The House of the Head”
Written by: Josh Malerman (Bird Box)
Directed by: John Harrison
Evie’s discovers her new dollhouse might be haunted.

“Lydia Layne’s Better Half”
Story by: John Harrison & Greg Nicotero, adapted by John Harrison
Directed by: Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock)
A powerful woman denies a promotion to her protégée and lover but fails to anticipate the fallout.

“The Man in the Suitcase”
Written by: Christopher Buehlman
Directed by: Dave Bruckner (The Ritual)
A college student brings the wrong bag home from the airport only to find a pretzeled man trapped inside, afflicted by a strange condition that turns his pain into gold.

“Night of the Paw”
Written by: John Esposito
Directed by: John Harrison
A lonely mortician finds company in the ultimate  ‘be careful what you wish for’ story.

“Skincrawlers”
Written by: Paul Dini & Stephen Langford
Directed by: Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock)
A man considers a miraculous new treatment for weight loss that turns out to have unexpected complications.

“Times is Tough in Musky Holler”
Written by: John Skipp and Dori Miller, based on their short story
Directed by: John Harrison
Leaders who once controlled a town through fear and intimidation get a taste of their own medicine.

Shudder’s general manager Craig Engler originally the announcement about the new show in July 2018, saying: “Creepshow is one of the most beloved and iconic horror anthologies from two masters of the genre, George A. Romero and Stephen King. We’re thrilled to continue their legacy with another master of horror, Greg Nicotero, as we bring a new Creepshow TV series exclusively to Shudder members.”

Nicotero, who met his mentor, makeup legend Tom Savini, while visiting the set of Creepshow and who later worked with Romero on Day of the Dead and Creepshow 2 has said, “Creepshow is a project very close to my heart! It is one of  those titles that embraces the  true spirit of horror… thrills and chills celebrated in one of its truest art forms, the comic book come to life! I’m honoured to continue the tradition in the ‘spirit’ in which it was created.”

He added: “I was able to look behind the curtain of filmmaking, and it changed me forever. I’m honoured to continue telling the stories in the ‘comic book come to life’ world that fans fell in love with. This fall we will be ‘opening the coffin’ and unleashing upon the world our demented and ghastly stories, crafted by the best in business.”

Nicotero’s award-winning company, KNB EFX Group Inc., is handling the series’ creature and make-up effects.

Shudder’s Creepshow is produced by the Cartel with Monster Agency Productions, Taurus Entertainment, and Striker Entertainment:  Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, and Eric Woods are executive producers for the Cartel; Greg Nicotero and Brian Witten are executive producers for Monster Agency Productions; Robert Dudelson, James Dudelson and Jordan Kizwani are executive producers for Taurus Entertainment; and Russell Binder and Marc Mostman are co-executive producers for Striker Entertainment.

Related:

Creepshow – USA, 1982 – reviews

Creepshow 2 – USA, 1987 – reviews

Creepshow III – USA, 2006 – reviews

 

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