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“CREEPSHOW: Season One” Tales of Terror

 

 

Review by John Delia

Definitely a guilty pleasure, the series Creepshow has released their first Season on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. Yes it’s very creepy as the title suggests and it even has a lot of cool stories that are totally ludicrous in a good way to make you laugh. What makes this collective body of work extra special however, is the comic book style introductions and the very hideous monsters you’ll be exposed to. You’ll want to watch it a second time in about 6 months.

 

Connor Christie, Jasun Jabbar Wardlaw Jr., Madison Thompson, and Andrew Eakle in Creepshow Season One “All Hallows Eve” from ACE Network’s Shudder

There are a dozen episodes each as “terrifying” as the next with titles like “Gray Matter”, “The House of the Head” in the first issue. The next issue has “Bad Wolf Down” and “The Finger”, comic issue 3 has “All Hallow’s Eve” and “the Man in the Suitcase” followed by issue 4 featuring “The Companion” and “Lydia Layne’s Better Half”, The next two issues have “Night of the Paw” and “Times is Tough in Musky Holler” bringing up the finale with “Skincrawlers” and the final screamer “By the Silver Waters of Lake Champlain”.

The first and second disc have commentaries by the directors and in some cases writers for each of the six features. Disc 3 has all the Extras and there are many.

Giancarlo Esposito in Creepshow Season 1 – Photo Credit: AMC Network’s Shudder

To give you a taste of what is in the collection here is a quick morsel of the first episode Gray Matter”: Teen Timmy Grenadine has come to the general store to get his homebound father some beer. It is during the pending Hurricane Charlie a fierce category 4 storm heading for their small town and the people are asked to evacuate. Timmy tells the shop owner Dixie Parmalee that his father is changing for the worse and he does not want to go back home. The Police Chief Connors and the Doc are having a cup of coffee in the shop while the radio mentions that the 14 year old Grady twins are still missing and that due to the hurricane all searches have been stopped. But that’s not all, there’s a mysterious moss growing on a box of Harrow’s Supreme beer that the Chief Connors and Doc are about to deliver to Timmy’s dad.

– Creepshow Season 1 – Photo Credit: Boris Martin/AMC Network’s Shudder

Special features on the DVD and Blu-ray include: 
“Cast and Crew Interviews”
“Behind the Scenes Footage”
“Creepshow Season 1 Easter Eggs Featurette”
“Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew” are on each of the discs accompanying the features.
“Episode and Comic Art Photo Galleries”
“Comic Art Booklet” Physically in the box with the 3 discs.
And more!

 

I like the way the stories are presented and also the old ads that are on the pages of the comic book intros. Pause when the comic book page comes up to see ads for a Lucky Skull Ring, Haunted House Mystery Bank and others.

Creepshow Season One has not been rated by the MPAA but contains language, violence, gore, ghastly body parts and other offensive visuals. It’s a lot of fun if you are into Horror Comedy the way this series presents it. You should watch the DVD, Blu-ray first before allowing youngsters to see content.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A fun watch (3.5 out of 5 Stars)

Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Tobin Bell, Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito, Cailey Fleming, Jeffrey Combs, Scott ‘Kid Cudi’ Mescudi, DJ Qualls, Bruce Davison, David Arquette, Dana Gould, and Tricia Helfer
Directed by: Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”), Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead), John Harrison (Book of Blood), Rob Schrab (“Community”), David Bruckner (The Ritual) and Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock).
Genre: Horror, Comedy
MPAA Rating: Not Rated, contains language, violence, gore
Running Time: 270 minutes
Video Release Date: May 19, 2020
Original TV Series Release Dates: 2019
Language: English
Reviewed Format: DVD
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: 16×9 Aspect ratio 1.78:1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Distributed by: AMC Network’s Shudder
Released on: Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD

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