Creepshow (Season 1) (2019)

Shudder’s “Creepshow” is yet another successful reboot for the growing streaming service (following the warmly greeted revival of “The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs”), and despite the low budget, it’s obvious that this six-episode series was lovingly done out of respect for both its source material (the 1982 Stephen King / George A. Romero horror classic, itself based on comic books) as well as its built-in audience. There are some very strong segments peppered throughout, like opener “Gray Matter,” which adapts Stephen King’s short story into a nightcame come alive that features genre stalwarts like Adrienne Barbeau and Tobin Bell, and “The Companion,” which makes impressive use of practical effects despite the aforementioned budget issues. The season’s third episode, “All Hallows Eve/The Man in the Suitcase,” is the closest the show comes to brilliance, thanks to unpredictable plot twists and impressively oppressive atmosphere that represent a season-long highlight. The show starts to lose some steam in the last couple of episodes despite lively appearances by Bruce Davison and David Arquette, but getting there is a treat and there’s enough to suggest that Shudder’s newest cult hit will only grow as it goes along.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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