Ever since its first teaser dropped back in July at San Diego Comic Con, those with a love of vintage horror eagerly awaited the release of Shudder’s Creepshow. And what’s not to be excited about? The trailer looks like a comic book come to life, paying homage to the love letter to EC Comics that was the 1982 original film.
The upcoming series is set to be a revival of the twisted world George Romero and Stephen King birthed in 1982. To say Shudder had some pretty big shoes to fill would be an understatement. That being said? I can positively say the first episode of the series exceeded all expectations in a way that fans should be very excited about. Trust me when I say this was worth the hype.
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Guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat till it hurts, this series made one hell of a splash with its first episode. Proving that it isn’t afraid to wear its heart on one sleeve and a bit of blood on the other. Or a lot of blood depending on the story. Featuring the stories “Gray Matter” and “The House of the Head” we already get a sort of melting pot of everyone’s favorite horror tropes. Now, in case it wasn’t obvious by now, I’m already loving this series. Like. A lot.
I want to praise the fact Creepshow doesn’t waste any time with trivial scenes that act as filler. Accordingly, we get an evenly paced narrative that’s meaningful from start to finish. It comes across as incredibly thought out, lean, and unforeseeable in the best possible way. Even the horror aspect is scattered about perfectly. It’s not one cheap jump scare after another. Instead it’s subtle and delivered so rhythmically that when something genuinely creepy does happen it makes an even greater impact.
Of the two stories presented in the first episode I absolutely adored “The House of the Head”. It follows young Evie who discovers her new dollhouse might be haunted. It was written by Josh Malerman and directed by John Harrison. It has a The Brothers Grimm feel to it.
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One can’t help but be entirely engaged the whole time. This revamped Creepshow acts as the delightfully disturbing love letter to modern horror fans that The Twilight Zone reboot should’ve been. I’m so excited for the world to enjoy this show. And that’s all I’m willing to share. I blatantly refuse to give anything else away. Instead I leave you with a bit of advice: Don’t have a Shudder account? Get one. Right now (c’mon dude, it’s $5.99 a month). Then mark your calendar for September 26th. Because everyone’s favorite Creep is back with a bloody vengeance. And you’d be wise not to miss it.
Wicked Rating: 9/10