Creepshow is coming back soon as an episodic TV series for Shudder, and Adrienne Barbeau has been cast for a role in the premiere episode. Series producer Greg Nicotero will be directing the episode, which is based on a short story by Stephen King. Barbeau will be in good company as she's joining Saw series star Tobin Bell and Better Call Saul's Giancarlo Esposito in the cast. "I was thrilled when Greg asked me to join the Creepshow world once again," Barbeau said about her casting in the series. "And then working with Tobin and Giancarlo, with Greg as our director, well, that was the icing on the cake - no, not that cake. Oh, you know what I mean."
In the original 1982 movie from writer Stephen King and director George A. Romero, Adrienne Barbeau appeared in a segment called "The Crate." Based on a short story of the same name by King, it tells the story of a mysterious wooden box found at a college hidden beneath a staircase. When the box is opened by a janitor, a carnivorous creature pulls him inside, consuming the poor man whole. Seeing an opportunity, a college professor (Hal Holbrook) feeds his obnoxious, drunken wife Wilma (Barbeau) to the creature in the crate. Every segment in Creepshow can be considered very memorable, but "The Crate" is personal favorite for many fans of the movie.
This won't be the only franchise Barbeau will soon be returning to. Longtime fans of the actress will also appreciate how she is coming back to the Swamp Thing franchise as well. In 1982, the same year Creepshow was released, Barbeau had also starred in Wes Craven's live-action Swamp Thing movie. Starring alongside Ray Wise and Dick Durock, Barbeau played protagonist Alice Cable. It has since been announced she has been cast for a role in the upcoming Swamp Thing TV series for the DC Universe streaming service. The premiere of that series now feels just around the corner, as it was recently announced the show will premiere on May 31, 2019.
Ahead of her appearance on the Creepshow series, Barbeau has already found a home on Shudder. Her Shudder exclusive podcast She Kills focuses on women in horror, with each episode highlighting notable women in the genre. This includes writers, directors, actresses, and journalists, with special guests speaking at length with Barbeau about the artist's contributions. Some of her guests will include Barbara Crampton, Jennifer Tilly, Dee Wallace, Pollyanna McIntosh, and many more. "It's about time we heard more from women in horror than just their blood-curdling screams," Barbeau explains about the show. You can give it a listen on Shudder.
Every old school horror fan loves Adrienne Barbeau, and her involvement only makes the new Creepshow series all the more exciting. Considering the talent involved in the first episode alone, things seem very promising for the new series. A premiere date for the show has not yet been set. This information comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.