Perhaps one of the most anticipated horror series and adaptations of the year, Creepshow continues to buzz as it’s about to hit the streaming service Shudder. With so many names attached and the wealth of material to work with including the likes of Stephen King, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, and more, it’s set to be a hell of a show. Over the weekend, I was able to attend a special preview panel for the series at Son Of Monsterpalooza 2019 and the hype is well warranted.
The panel, hosted by comedian/writer and Creepshow actor Dana Gould, featured series showrunner and executive producer Greg Nicotero alongside KNB EFX Team members Carey Jones and Jake Garber as well as comic artist Mike Broom talking in-depth about the show. Nicotero reminiscing about the time he actually visited the original George Romero anthology movie Creepshow while he was just a teenager and planning on becoming a doctor. Afterward, moving into an expansive career of FX. They also discussed some of the many difficulties getting the show off the ground. Limited time, limited money, limited resources. Comparing it to a ‘school play’ where everything is a labor of love.
Nicotero talking about how he reached out to Stephen King for a story to adapt in order to further recapture the feeling of the original movie. King offering to let him adapt his short story ‘Survivor Type’ about a man who becomes stranded on a desert island with nothing to eat… but himself. Sadly, this grisly tale couldn’t be adapted properly due to the difficulties of trying to find a deserted island to shoot on. Opting instead to adapt the King story ‘Gray Matter’ which Nicotero also directed.
A clip was played from the Joe R. Lansdale adapted, David Bruckner directed story ‘The Companion’ which concerns a young man running from his abusive family and getting a companion in the form of a meat and straw, sentient scarecrow. It felt intense and legitimately scary, featuring lighting and style that was perfectly in tune with the comic book stylings of the original film.
Aside from the panel, a few creatures to be seen in the Creepshow series were on display in Son Of Monsterpalooza’s museum. Including The Companion, A Werewolf, and a tiny monster. The series proving to be effectively practically FX heavy.
Of course, that’s just the tip of the terrifying ice berg, with plenty more to be offered in the Creepshow series proper. The first episode set to premiere on Shudder on September 26th.