In Autumn 2019, the
much-anticipated revival of Romero and King’s 1982 Halloween staple, Creepshow,
debuted on Shudder. Kicking off with twelve short vignettes across six episodes, its
first season proved a mixed bag. At its peak, its quirky premises and
smart writing are a pleasure. Although not quite reaching the brilliance of the
original anthology (perhaps with one or two exceptions), never does the series
feel disrespectful to its source. Even the less engrossing of its segments are
masterpieces compared to 2006’s dreadful Creepshow 3, mind you – so fear
The series does have
its glaring weaknesses: a few of its tales are more generic and unimaginative
than we should rightly expect from the Creepshow title, and the comic book
aesthetic isn’t quite utilised to its full potential (sometimes, hardly at all). Who on Earth thought that the murky, dull colour scheme of a lot of these stories was a good idea? And could they not have
gotten the rights to that iconic theme from the movie?
Many of us were lured in with the teased promise of genre favourites, namely Jeffrey Combs, Tobin Bell,
David Arquette and Adrienne ‘Call Me Billy’ Barbeau. And as you would expect from a series helmed by Greg Nicotero, with contribution from Tom Savini, the practical effects work is a delight. The Creeper himself -
sometimes animated, sometimes practical - is on top form.
second season has been delayed due to a certain viral pandemic, it certainly
has horror fans eagerly anticipating its return.