When it was announced that the beloved horror anthology, Creepshow, was getting its own 12-episode series on Shudder, it didn’t take long for fans far and wide to express their excitement and hype. But would this series be able to capture the spirit that was originally created by George Romero and Stephen King? Recently I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to check out all 6-episodes of CREEPSHOW for it’s Blu-ray release. Not only did the series exceed my expectations, but it more than captures the spirit that made the original films so special.
As soon as I turned on the first episode, I was greeted by the familiar, but newly designed Creep, as well as the comic book style imagery we have come to love from the previous films. Though very similar to the original style, I’m glad this series decided to upgrade the look and design of the opening introduction to give it a more modern flare. The series features the directing talents of Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead), John Harrison (Book of Blood), Rob Schrab (Community), David Bruckner (The Ritual) and Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock).
As this is an anthology, each episode spins its own tale of unimaginable horrors. Even better, since each segment is vastly different, there is sure to be something to tickle everyone’s fancy. I personally loved “The House of the Head”, directed by John Harrison and written by Josh Malerman, about a young girl who discovers a strange toy head in her newly acquired dollhouse; “The Finger”, directed by Greg Nicotero and written by David J. Schow, about a lonely man who finds a strange finger that seems to be growing; and “The Companion”, directed by David Bruckner and written by Joe Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale, and Keith Lansdale, about a man who brings a scarecrow to life with terrifying results. Furthermore, all the episodes featured stellar practical effects whether it was in the creation of the creatures, the blood and gore, or even in the use of practical sets. This series is a visual feast that will command the attention of your eyeballs.
The roster of talent featured in CREEPSHOW is immense with such actors as Adrienne Barbeau (who previously starred in the 1982 Creepshow segment “The Crate”), Giancarlo Esposito, Jeffrey Combs, Kid Cudi, Tobin Bell, David Arquette, Tricia Helfer, Big Boi, and more. As much as there was a diverse range of talent featured in front of the camera, the lack of diversity behind the camera was startling. Out of the six directors, only one was a woman and none were BIPOC. As for the twenty-one writers, there seemed to be only two women and one POC. As much as I appreciate there being a diverse range of actors in front of the camera, I was disheartened that BIPOC/women weren’t given as much of an opportunity to visually execute or tell their own tales of horror.
In all, I think this new retelling of CREEPSHOW will definitely appeal to horror fans as well as those who have a deep love for the original films. However, I would urge Greg Nicotero/Shudder to feature more diverse representation behind the camera. That said and as the saying goes, CREEPSHOW is [still] the most fun you’ll ever have being scared! CREEPSHOW SEASON ONE is now available to own on DVD and Blu-ray and includes special features such as interviews with the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes footage, Easter Egg featurettes, Audio Commentary, a Comic Art Booklet which is to DIE for, and more!