by Stephen King & George A. Romero
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||17 + 2 sp. (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42–45 minutes|
|Original release||September 26, 2019 –|
Creepshow is an American horror anthology streaming television series that was released on Shudder in 2019. The series serves as a continuation of the 1982 film of the same name and features seventeen episodes with two horror stories per episode. The series premiered on September 26, 2019.
On October 30, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season. On October 30, 2020, an animated special titled A Creepshow Animated Special was released. On November 10, 2020, it was announced that a holiday special titled A Creepshow Holiday Special would premiere on December 18, 2020. On February 18, 2021, the series was renewed for a third season, and the second season premiered on April 1, 2021. The third season debuted on September 23, 2021. On February 10, 2022, the series was renewed for a fourth season. The fourth season will premiere on October 13, 2023.
The Creep shows audience members darkly grim horror stories from the pages of the Creepshow comic book. Each story evokes the traits of a comic book like the first Creepshow film and shows some occasional advertisements of horror products promoted in the comics.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||6||12||September 26, 2019||October 31, 2019|
|Specials||2||3||October 30, 2020||December 18, 2020|
|2||5||9||April 1, 2021||April 29, 2021|
|3||6||12||September 23, 2021||October 28, 2021|
As in the original Creepshow, the Creep is a full-bodied puppet that delivers gags (mostly featured in the cold openings of each episode) through nonverbal cues or laughter. There were some episodes that used an animated version of the Creep.
On January 16, 2019, it was announced that one of the segments of the pilot episode would be based on Stephen King's short story, "Survivor Type" from his 1985 collection Skeleton Crew; however, that story was ultimately not used for the first season and was instead part of the animated Halloween special that aired in 2020.
As with the feature films, the series draws from short story fiction. Subsequently, the following were also announced as the basis for stories:
- Gray Matter by Stephen King
- By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill
- The Companion by Joe R. Lansdale
- The House of the Head by Josh Malerman
- The Man in the Suitcase by Christopher Buehlman
- All Hallows Eve by Bruce Jones
- Times Is Tough in Musky Holler by John Skipp and Dori Miller
- The Finger by David J. Schow
- Survivor Type by Stephen King
- Twitterings from the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill
- Shapeshifters Anonymous by J. A. Konrath
- Mums by Joe Hill
Original stories announced include:
- Lydia Layne's Better Half by John Harrison and Greg Nicotero
- Skincrawlers written by Paul Dini and Stephen Langford
- Night of the Paw by John Esposito
- Bad Wolf Down by Rob Schrab
- Model Kid by John Esposito
- Public Television Of The Dead by Rob Schrab
- Dead and Breakfast by Michael Rousselet and Erik Sandoval
- Pesticide by Frank Dietz
- The Right Snuff by Paul Dini, Stephen Langford and Greg Nicotero
- Sibling Rivalry by Melanie Dale
- Pipe Screams by Daniel Kraus
- Within the Walls of Madness by John Esposito and Greg Nicotero
- Night of the Living Late Show by Dana Gould
- Queen Bee by Erik Sandoval and Michael Rousselet
- Skeletons in the Closet by John Esposito
- Familiar by Josh Malerman
- The Last Tsuburaya by Paul Dini and Stephen Langford
- Okay, I'll Bite by John Harrison
- Stranger Sings by Jordana Arkin
- Meter Reader by John Esposito
- Time Out by Barrington Smith and Paul Seetachit
- The Things in Oakwood's Past by Greg Nicotero and Daniel Kraus
- Drug Traffic by Mattie Do & Christopher Larsen
- A Dead Girl Named Sue by Heather Anne Campbell
In April 2019, cast members announced included Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tobin Bell. Subsequent announced cast members included David Arquette, Tricia Helfer, and Dana Gould. On June 20, 2019, Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Davison, DJ Qualls, Big Boi, and Kid Cudi were announced as additional cast members.
In September 2020, Anna Camp, Adam Pally, Josh McDermitt, Keith David, and Ashley Laurence were cast for the second season. Later in October 2020, Marilyn Manson, Ali Larter, Iman Benson, Ryan Kwanten, Barbara Crampton, C. Thomas Howell, Denise Crosby, Breckin Meyer, Ted Raimi, Kevin Dillon and Eric Edelstein were cast. On February 1, 2021, It was announced that Manson's episode would not air due to multiple abuse allegations and that an episode starring Molly Ringwald would air instead.
Unlike the film entries, the Creepshow series will feature several directors instead of one director. Announced segment directors include David Bruckner, Roxanne Benjamin, Rob Schrab, John Harrison, Greg Nicotero, and Tom Savini; the latter three having worked on the first two Creepshow features.
Principal photography for the series began in February 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Season 2 began filming in September 2020; it was supposed to begin in March 2020, but was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The series received acclaim from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 97% based on 29 reviews with an average rating of 7.7/10. The critical consensus reads: "Delightfully eerie, Creepshow captures the spirit of the original while forging its own spooky path." On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Scholastic Books released a book entitled Creepshow: The Taker, featuring two novellas inspired by the TV series. They were written by Elley Cooper. A followup installment was released on April 28, 2021, entitled Creepshow: The Cursed, also written by Elley Cooper.
Halloween Horror Nights
On August 3, 2019, Universal Parks & Resorts announced that Creepshow would be coming to Halloween Horror Nights exclusively at its Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. The maze featured three segments from the 1982 film ("Father's Day", "The Crate", and "They're Creeping Up on You") as well as two others from the newly made web television version for Shudder ("Gray Matter" and "Bad Wolf Down").
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