Later this year, horror streaming service Shudder will unleash their new series based on Stephen King and George A. Romero's classic horror anthology movie Creepshow. This new version is coming our way from The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero, and today we have your first look at Battlestar Galactica actress Tricia Helfer in the upcoming horror anthology series.
"Tricia stars in an episode called 'Lydia Lane's Better Half,' based on a story that I wrote. It's a take on an old Mario Bava movie. I always loved Tricia. She plays a strong female executive who finds herself in this untenable supernatural situation that she can't control."
Nicotero then goes on to speak a bit about how he was able to gather up the behind the scenes talent for the first season, which includes Adrienne Barbeau, John Harrison, Joe Hill, and Tom Savini.
"They're all my friends. When you're presented with an opportunity like this, number one, you want to pay tribute to what they have contributed to the industry, but also you always dream about working with your friends. That's sort of the Mount Olympus of being a filmmaker, is to surround yourself with your friends, and create these great tales together. So, it seemed like a no-brainer to have John Harrison be a part of the show as a writer and director, and Tom Savini, and Adrienne. I even hired Rick Catizone, who was the same animator who did the animation for the original Creepshow, because it so inspired me at that time. I felt it lends a very special authenticity to the project that is important to me."
As impressive as the behind the scenes talent on this first season is, let's not forget the killer cast which includes the above-mentioned Tricia Helfer along with Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Tobin Bell (Saw), David Arquette (Scream), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Kid Cudi, Big Boi, Bruce Davison, and Dana Gould, and DJ Qualls.
But the show's shoot wasn't all cupcakes and rainbows for the legendary make-up effects artist/filmmaker. In fact, Nicotero says shooting Shudder's Creepshow was the hardest has ever endured.
"I was very ambitious and attacked Creepshow with a lot of tenacity. We were set to do six episodes, but I insisted that we shoot twelve stories in six episodes, because I wanted that Creepshow feel. So, we ended up having to create an entirely new universe, with an entirely new cast, every three and a half days."
"Ugh, every night, when I couldn't sleep because I was trying to figure out how we were going to do it! It was crazy. It was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. Now that I'm seeing it coming together, and putting all the icing on the cake, it's pretty spectacular."
Remember, for better or worse, Creepshow is all set to hit the horror streaming platform Shudder later this year. Meanwhile, this story comes to us from Entertainment Weekly.