A horror anthology TV series based on Stephen King and director George A. Romero's cult classic fright flick Creepshow is headed our way from The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero and horror streaming service Shudder. The show finally made its big debut at Comic-Con. Today, we have received our very first look at the highly anticipated horror anthology.
This Creepshow reboot, which apparently made a big splash at San Diego Comic-Con, is all set to feature a killer cast. Some of the current names attached include original Creepshow actress Adrienne Barbeau, along with Breaking Bad villain Giancarlo Esposito, and Saw baddie Tobin Bell. Scream and Never Been Kissed actor David Arquette will also be joining in on the fun along with Battlestar Galactica and Walk All Over Me star Tricia Helfer, and Stan Against Evil and The Simpsons actor Dana Gould. From there we know that Re-Animator and From Beyond cult favorite Jeffrey Combs also has a role in this new series along with X-Men and The Lords of Salem star Bruce Davison. DJ Qualls (Road Trip, Hustle & Flow) Big Boi, and Kid Cudi round out the cast. We get to see some of these individuals at play in this first Comic-Con trailer.
Stories set to be included in this first six-episode season teased in the SDCC trailer include "Gray Matter" by Stephen King, "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain" by Joe Hill, "The Companion" by Joe R. Lansdale, "The House of the Head" by Josh Malerman, and "The Man in the Suitcase" by Christopher Buehlman. "All Hallows Eve" by Bruce Jones will also be tossed in there somewhere along with "Times Is Tough in Musky Holler" by John Skipp and Dori Miller. The show will also feature a handful of original stories including "Lydia Layne's Better Half" by John Harrison and Greg Nicotero, "Skincrawlers" written by Paul Dini and Stephen Langford, "Night of the Paw" by John Esposito, and "Bad Wolf Down" by Rob Schrab.
The original Stephen King / George A. Romero movie featured five tales of terror. These included "Father's Day" with Jon Lormer, Viveca Lindfors, and Ed Harris, "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" starring Stephen King, "Something to Tide You Over" with Leslie Nielsen, Gaylen Ross, and Ted Danson, "The Crate" with Hal Holbrook and Adrienne Barbeau, and "They're Creeping Up on You" with E. G. Marshall and a truckload of cockroaches. And let's not forget the horror anthology's wrap-around tale which featured Stephen King's son - and future Locke & Key and NOS4A2 creator Joe King as a kid fed up with his abusive stepfather played by Night of the Creeps and My Bloody Valentine 3D star Tom Atkins.
On top of this upcoming Shudder series, Creepshow also spawned a sequel aptly dubbed Creepshow 2 in 1987 and an unofficial direct-to-video third installment back in 2007. The series almost sported an official third entry in 1990, but then the rights got all gunked up and what we got instead was the killer horror anthology Tales from the Darkside: The Movie starring Christian Slater, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Deborah Harry, Matthew Lawrence, William Hickey, and James Remar. Fair trade, I say.
Anyhow, make sure to mark your calendars as Shudder's Creepshow is scheduled to debut on the horror streaming platform in the fall of 2019. In the meantime, his story comes to us from Comic-Con via Shudder.