Horror fans have reason to rejoice, as Creepshow is coming back for more horror goodness. Shudder and AMC have ordered a second season of the horror anthology series following the debut of season 1 earlier this year. The announcement was made just ahead of the show's season finale, which means the network has a great deal of confidence in the show.
Creepshow is based on the movies of the same name, as created by Stephen King and George A. Romero. Season 1 debuted in September. The first season consisted of six episodes, with two stories per episode. Horror legend and effects guru Greg Nicotero serves as showrunner and will be back for season 2. Shudder general manager Craig Engler had this to say about it in a statement.
"Creepshow has met every expectation we had for Shudder's first original scripted series and then some, with record numbers across the board. [Showrunner] Greg Nicotero and his team delivered an amazing show that's unlike anything else on TV, and we're thrilled and delighted to bring it back for another season."
Shudder, AMC's horror-branded streaming service, is looking to stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Whereas services like Netflix and the upcoming HBO Max are gunning for general consumers, Shudder is aimed specifically at a niche audience. As such, Creepshow was able to become a solid hit for them. Greg Nicotero had this to say in a statement.
"For me, Creepshow has been a true labor of love. To be able to pay tribute to George A. Romero's visionary project and have the show so embraced by fans everywhere is humbling to this horror kid from Pittsburgh. I couldn't be more pleased and look forward to continuing the series with more ghoulish delight."
Creepshow season 1 features episodes directed by Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock), Joe Hill (Lock and Key), Joe R. Lansdale (Bubba Ho-Tep) Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead) and more. Greg Nicotero also directed the first episode. The cast for the first season includes David Arquette, Tobin Bell, Big Boi, Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Davison, Giancarlo Esposito, Dana Gould, Tricia Helfer, DJ Qualls and Adrienne Barbeau. It isn't yet clear if any of the stars or directors will return for season 2.
The show has earned very positive reviews from critics thus far and was even featured in this year's Halloween Horror Nights Creepshow maze. Perhaps most importantly, AMC says that Creepshow, the first original series produced for Shudder, helped to drive record growth in subscribers for the streaming service. Given the competition in the streaming service arena right now, that's a big asset.
The original Creepshow movie was directed by George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) and went on to spawn two sequels. There is no word yet on when season 2 will get underway, nor is it clear if the episode count will be bumped up. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.