review by Bobby Blakey
In 1982 director George A. Romero teamed up with author Stephen King for the classic flick Creepshow. The film was a homage to the old horror comics like Tales From The Crypt. The film spawned two sequels and now Walking Dead executive producer and special effects guru Greg Nicotero has produced a continuation of the film series for the small screen with Creepshow the TV series for Shudder. Could this show live up to the fun and scares of the original film or will it be stories not worth telling?
Creepshow is a new anthology series based on George A. Romero’s 1982 horror comedy classic, is still the most fun you’ll ever have being scared! A comic book comes to life in a series of twelve vignettes over six episodes, exploring terrors from murder to the supernatural and unexplainable. Haunted dollhouses, werewolves, murderous goblins, villainous trick-or-treaters, the dead, and medical marvels are just a few of the things to watch out for in this new series. You never know what will be on the next page...
Loving the original film as well as the old Tales From The Crypt series I was looking forward to seeing how they handled this series. I was initially put off by the cheesiness of the Creep character before I realized they were brilliantly trying to keep it fresh and new while continuing the original look of the film. The entire series kept heavily to practical effects that made it so much better and I came out loving this show.
I was so happy to see that they kept the stories short with two stories in each episode. That kept it moving at a brisk pace and allowed them to really go all over the place in storytelling. Each episode is better than the next with a few being real standouts, but as a whole they all deliver something for everyone. As someone who loves all things werewolf I was excited and pleased with the
episode that focused on it complete with great real life effects. Sure they are a bit cheese in a couple of scenes, but that gives it an old school vibe I love.
While there is some camp here and there I was impressed that for the most part they kept the stories on a more dark serious tone. If I had one complaint it would really be that the season was just too damn short, but understandably being the first season. Hoping there is more seasons of this show to come and it gets the praise it deserves. In addition to the 6 episodes of the series this release offers up bonus content including interviews, galleries, behind the scenes and so much more.
Grab your copy of Creepshow: Season 1 available now on Blu-ray and DVD from RLJE Films and Shudder.