Starting September 2019, Shudder rebooted the Creepshow anthology horror movies as an original Shudder TV series and released new episodes every Thursday until they reached six episodes (12 stories) for the first season. There are two short stories within each episode. Below are my ratings and reviews of each episode as well as overall ranking of all 12 stories within the six episode first season.
“Gray Matter” ⭐️⭐️
Based on a Stephen King short story, this tale of a boy who is worried about his father being “different” is a mixed bag as reboot kickoff for the show. I would rather have seen them make King’s “Survivor Type” as was originally announced, but maybe we’ll get that in a future season(?), if Shudder renews it for another.
“The House of the Head” ⭐️⭐️½
A severed head in a dollhouse? How did it get there and what’s its purpose? Little girl gets freaked out, but didn’t really get to me. This one is mediocre.
“Bad Wolf Down” ⭐️⭐️½
WWII + Nazi + werewolf revenge on American soldiers. Reminded me of and seems (heavily?) influenced by Robert R. McCammon’s excellent horror novel, “The Wolf’s Hour” I guess until/if an adaptation of that story is made, this is sort of OK.
“The Finger” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A man finds a finger bone that soon grows into a pet creature that he names Bob. This is a particularly nasty episode. Liked it.
“All Hallows Eve”⭐️½
Creepy teens go out trick-or-treating, and it’s no treats, all sinister tricks. A number of these Creepshow tales are revenge-oriented. This is one of the weakest ones to me.
“The Man in the Suitcase” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
A man is found twisted and bent inside a suitcase. Whenever additional pain is inflicted upon the man, he spits out gold coins. Greed and torture in this deliciously sinister short. Loved it!
What starts as a bully tale turns into a man that empowered a scarecrow with vengeful results. Not digging this one. Reminded me somewhat of a Halloween-themed version of “Lot 249” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with an adaptation in Tales from the Darkside. Scarecrows just aren’t that scary to me. Must be The Wizard of Oz that ruined that for me.
“Lydia Layne’s Better Half”⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lydia screams, “I always win!” An elevator is not the best place to spend time with both an employee and lover’s corpse. Entertaining “stuck with the dead” tale.
“Night of the Paw” ⭐️⭐️½
A despondent old man gives Angela the gift of the paw. Ah yes, the “Monkey’s Paw” (1902!) retold. This story has been reworked so many times and is best in the short form like this. An OK version, heavy on exposition, nothing crazy good about it.
“Times is Tough In Musky Holler” ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
Lester Barclay, Mayor of Musky Holler, took care of his town by keeping them from an undead onslaught. He created and promoted a savage arena where the dead are caged and unleashed as sport. Nasty!
“Skincrawlers” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐️ ️
Rare fat eating leeches used at a slick new weight loss company to make heavyset people skinnier and everything is great, right? Wrong. Pure body horror bliss. My favorite episode of the first season.
“By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain” ⭐️
A monster at the bottom of the lake takes her father and now his daughter investigates. Seriously, the creature looked more fake than the Gorn in the 60s Star Trek. Laughed in fact. Reminds me of decorative plastic fruit in a bowl with teeth. Worst episode in the series. What a contrasting episode that has the best episode and worst of the first season.
Overall Ranking of All Season One Episodes
- “Skincrawlers” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐️ ️
- “The Man in the Suitcase” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
- “The Finger” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- “Times is Tough In Musky Hollow”⭐️⭐️⭐️½
- “Lydia Layne’s Better Half”⭐️⭐️⭐️
- “Night of the Paw”⭐️⭐️½
- “House of the Head” ⭐️⭐️½
- “Bad Wolf Down” ⭐️⭐️½
- “Gray Matter” ⭐️⭐️
- “All Hallow’s Eve”⭐️½
- “The Companion” ⭐️½
- “By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain” ⭐️
Overall maximum possible rating: 60 (100% = 12 episodes x 5 stars)
Actual overall rating: 33 1/2 = ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Creepshow on Shudder Season 1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ offers enough recommended episodes (anything rated at least three stars is recommended) to wish for another season, and, good news, they have already greenlit one, my hope is they will try to find more diversified horror tales vs. such a heavy focus on revenge stories. The lesser entertaining stories they shot were these type of stories.