Creepshow (Season 1) (2019)

Tonight I watched the new(ish) Animated Creepshow Special on Shudder. I have to say, as much as I loved the first season, I didn’t think this 45-minute special wasn’t really all that great. The first story is compelling and grisly but it’s a little too intense for the format, giving it an unpleasant vibe that only intensifies as it goes along. The second story has more potential but it’s held back by pedantic writing that tackles social media use by young people with no insight into either subject, and much of the dialogue is cringy and heavy-handed. So overall it wasn’t bad per se, it just wasn’t that great and I was a tad disappointed because the first season accrued a lot of good will.

Pop Culture Thoughts

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…

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