Blu-ray Review: CREEPSHOW Season 1 To 4

3 out of 5 stars

Based on the 1982 anthology film directed by the late George A. Romero and written by Stephen King (and its 1987 sequel), Shudder’s Creepshow updates the horror anthology series for a new generation by turning it into a TV/streaming series.

A homage to the famed EC horror comics of the 1950s, each gruesome episode features two stories framed around the ghoulish Creep. This 21st-century incarnation of Creepshow is shepherded to the screen by effects maestro Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead). 

Like with any anthology series, some episodes are better than others  – and in the case of Creepshow, each season improves as it goes along.  It might not be on the level of Tales From The Crypt – on a production or a storytelling level – but it has enough blood, guts, gore and genre homages to keep its audience entertained. Each episode has a nice sting in the tail (tale?), offering up the full EC comics experience. The series also has plenty of familiar genre faces scattered throughout its run, including the likes of Tobin Bell, Tom Atkins, Adrienne Barbeau and Bruce Davison. Throw-in tales a selection of written by the likes of Stephen King (of course), Joe Hill, Paul Dini and others and you must-see entertainment for horror fans. 

With 23 episodes and two specials across four seasons, there’s a good variety of tales to enjoy. It normally works that one story per episode is more of a comedic tale, while the other will be much darker (and a bit bloodier), so if you like your vampires, werewolves and ghouls, then there’s plenty for you to sink your teeth into. For me, the standout episode across the entire run is the 2020 Christmas special, Shapeshifters Anonymous. Based on a story by J. A. Konrath and written and directed by Nicotero, the extended tale is set at a support group for were-creatures at Christmas. Getting into specifics would ruin the fun, but it’s an enjoyable episode with some good performances. There are also a couple of animated episodes, which play like ‘live-action’ comics in the style of the drawn panels that frame each episode. These are a nice touch, but they lack the visual dexterity to make them fully entertaining. 

When I was younger, I never particularly liked short films or anthology tales, but the older I get, the more I enjoy brief, punchy vignettes. Creepshow delivers this – offering up a successful hit rate across its four seasons. Sure, there’s the occasional story which misses the mark, but if one tale doesn’t tickle your fancy, then it’s highly likely that the next one will.

So go ahead, Boils and Ghouls – get watching!

Special Features

Creepshow Season 1 To 4 includes a solid smattering of extras that include behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. It’s pretty top-loaded, mostly for the first couple of seasons.