Creepshow: Everything We Know About Shudder's Horror Anthology Show
In 1982, two of the biggest names in horror joined forces, and the movie Creepshow was the result. The film was written by Stephen King, who at that point was already one of the most successful authors in the world, with classics such as The Shining, Carrie, Salem's Lot, and The Dead Zone selling millions of copies. The director was George A. Romero, who had revolutionized horror with the 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead, followed it with cult favorites The Crazies and Martin, and then released his 1978 zombie masterpiece Dawn of the Dead.
Creepshow was an anthology movie, with its style and tone very much influenced by horror comics of the 1950s--in particular, those published by EC comics. The wraparound story features King's son Joe as a comic book-loving kid, while the stories are ghoulishly fun, all directed with an exaggerated style designed to pay homage to vintage comics like Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror. The movie was a box office success, and it stands as one of the best anthology horror outings of the last few decades.
While Creepshow 2 and 3 followed, neither are as fondly remembered--the third movie was released straight-to-DVD and had no involvement from King or Romero. So when a Creepshow TV series was announced by horror streaming platform Shudder, there was immediate excitement from fans. Romero sadly died in 2017, but it was revealed that King would be contributing a story, as would his son--that little kid from the first movie is now acclaimed horror author Joe Hill. As the months have gone by, we've learned a lot more about the show too--the cast, writers, and the directors, as well as seeing the first trailer. So here's everything we know so far about Creepshow....
Who's in charge?
George Romero may no longer be with us, but Creepshow is in familiar hands. The showrunner is Greg Nicotero, the Oscar-winning makeup effects artist who has a long association with the legendary director. Nicotero was an apprentice of VFX pioneer Tom Savini, and worked on Romero's 1985 movie Day of the Dead, as well as his later films Monkey Shines and Land of the Dead. More recently, Nicotero has moved into directing, helming many episodes of The Walking Dead, as well as executive producing that show.
It's not a reboot
The Creepshow show is not a remake or reboot of the movie, but a direct continuation of what Romero and King created more than 30 years ago. As Nicotero explained during the Creepshow panel at San Diego Comic-Con last month: "I like the idea that you can watch the first Creepshow, and the comic book closes at the end...and then you could watch Episode 1 of our show, and it's like opening a new comic book. It's not a reboot, it's not a retelling. George and Steve were so ahead of their time because of their love for EC Comics."
There will be six episodes of Creepshow, each containing two spooky stories, so 12 stories in total.
Who's writing it?
While King wrote every segment of the movie, the show's stories come from a variety of authors. Some of the 12 tales are adaptations of existing work by acclaimed writers such as Joe R. Lansdale ("The Companion"), Joe Hill ("By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain"), Josh Malerman ("House of the Head"), and King himself, whose 1973 story "Grey Matter" will enjoy its first screen outing. There are also several stories that have been written specifically for the show, including "The Finger" by David Schow, who wrote the first Crow movie, and "Bad Wolf Down" by Monster House writer Rob Schrab.
Every episode of the movie was directed by Romero, but the series features a variety of directors. Nicotero helms several segments, as do rising horror filmmakers Roxanne Benjamin (XX) and Dave Bruckner (The Ritual). There are also a pair of Romero associates directing--John Harrison, who wrote the music for the original movie as well as directing the Romero-produced Tales from the Darkside, and none other than Tom Savini, whose incredible gore effects for Romero's films have made him a legend in the horror community.
The creepy cast
The Creepshow cast is packed recognizable names from genre TV and movies. There are horror veterans Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator) and Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Creepshow), plus Tobin Bell (Saw), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), David Arquette (Scream), and Bruce Davison (X-Men). There are also roles for comedian Dana Gould and musicians Kid Cudi and Big Boi.
Is there a trailer?
The first trailer was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con last month. It absolutely captures the style and vibe of the movie, with cool-looking monsters brought to life via old-school practical VFX and exaggerated comic book visuals.
When can I watch it?
Creepshow premieres on Shudder on September 26. Rather than being released at once in its entirety, it will be released at a rate of one episode a week.