WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #24 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Disney+, Amazon, Roku, Tubi, Shudder, DC Universe

Weekend #24 of 53 (6/12 – 6/14/2020) for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

Disney+ subscribers can watch Artemis Fowl [FIRST LOOK] available on Friday June 12. HBO Max sees the final 4 episodes of Love Life starring Anna Kendrick. For those partial to zombies, comes Reality Z Season 1 to binge all 10 episodes on Netflix, also The Woods first season. Amazon Prime Video has the most excellent Knives Out this weekend.

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*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming service.

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NETFLIX Movies

  1. *Da 5 Bloods

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Reality Z [FIRST LOOK] – Season 1 (10 episodes)
    Zombies – Original
  2. *The Woods – Season 1
    Thriller – Original
  3. *Lennox Hill – Season 1 (8 episodes)
    Documentary, Medical – Original
  4. *F is for Family – Season 4
    Adult, Animated
  5. *KIPO And The Age Of Wonderbeasts – Season 2
    Animated
Based on the novel by Harlen Coben, The Woods TV series season 1 available Friday June 12, 2020 on Netflix

Disney+ Movies

  1. *Artemis Fowl (June 12)

The movie originally planned to be released in theaters and headed straight to Disney+ instead.

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AMAZON PRIME Movies

  1. Knives Out (June 12) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Heaven Can Wait ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Child’s Play (2019)
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ROKU Movies (FREE)

  1. The Waterboy
  2. Fruitvale Station
  3. Trouble With The Curve

TUBI Movies (FREE)

  1. Ender’s Game
  2. Look Who’s Talking
  3. RiffTrax Live: Sharkanado

HBO Max Movies

  1. The Good Liar (June 13) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Fantastic Planet
  3. Water For Elephants
  4. The Wizard of Oz

HBO Max TV

  1. *Love Life – Season 1 – Episodes 7-10
    Anna Kendrick, romance comedy – Original

The final four episodes of the first season of Love Life. HBO announced they have renewed Love Life for a second season, making it the first new series on HBO Max to get a second season greenlight (source: Deadline).

SHUDDER Movies
https://www.shudder.com/

  1. *The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs
    Season 2 Episode 8
    Horror films double-feature with host commentary
    Friday June 12, 2020 @ 6pm PST (GMT-8), 9pm EST (GMT-5)
    Discord chat via reddit/shudder group
  2. Warning: Do Not Play
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DC Universe TV

  1. *Harley Quinn TV Series – Season 2, Episode 11: “A Fight Worth Fighting For”
  2. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 5: “Hourman and Doctor Mid-Nite”

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #23 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Shudder, HBO Max, DC Universe

Weekend #23 of 53 – 6/5-6/7/2020 for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

The first of the month is here and talk about overload — in a good way — of new movies hitting all the services.

I’ve picked out a few from several different services, but there are a bunch of good to great to amazing movies available to watch, not to mention a weekend of new movies and TV shows hitting.

It’s pretty much impossible for any one person who doesn’t make this their job (we both have full time jobs that have nothing to do with this) to stay on top of what’s new on all the streaming services, so I’m thinking the current strategy is to just try and be aware of what’s out there by hitting the top 10 lists and seeing what the buzz is from social media, movie and TV bloggers and the news, plus of course word of mouth from others you know.

If there is something great you want to mention that is available this weekend, please use the comments below to talk about it. We need to help each other sift through the massive amount of content changing, rotating and coming out new.

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming service.

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*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

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NETFLIX Movies

  1. *The Last Days of An American Crime
  2. Our House
  3. The Show
  4. The Healer

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Fuller House – Season 5 – 18 episodes
    Comedy – Original
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AMAZON PRIME Movies

  1. Dirty Dancing (1987)
  2. The Natural (1984) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lots of new movies rotating in at Amazon Prime Video as of June 1. Be sure to check the “Recently Added Movies” section.

AMAZON PRIME TV

  1. Dragnet (1951) – Season 1
    Police, Crime
“This is the city …” The entire first season of Dragnet 1951 is available on Amazon Prime

YouTube: We Are One Film Festival (FREE)
https://www.youtube.com/WeAreOne
Friday May 29 – June 7, 2020

This weekend is your last chance to catch the virtual film festival, so if you’re interested in catching what’s being screened during the even, be sure to check out this weekend.

SHUDDER Movies
https://www.shudder.com/

  1. *The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs
    Season 2 Episode 7
    Horror films double-feature with host commentary
    Friday June 5, 2020 @ 6pm PST (GMT-8), 9pm EST (GMT-5)
    Discord chat via reddit/shudder group

HBO Max Movies

  1. Titanic ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  2. Heaven Can Wait (1978) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Presumed Innocent (1990)

New movies coming: Ad Astra ⭐️ June 8

HBO Max TV

  1. *Love Life – Season 1 – Episodes 4-6
    Anna Kendrick, romance comedy – Original
  2. I May Destroy You – Season 1 – Episode 1 “Eyes, Eyes, Eyes, Eyes”
  3. Looney Tunes Cartoons (2020)
    Animated

Watched Love Life starring Anna Kendrick the first three episodes last week and it covers her adventures trying to find and secure love. It’s an awkward and unusually paced TV show.

Not sure how much or even if I like it or not yet, but it manged to keep my interest through the first three episodes (it’s just comes off as an unusual way of watching someone trying to fall in love). The next three episodes (4-6) are dropping to check out, so will see how that goes.

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DC Universe TV

  1. *Harley Quinn TV Series – Season 2, Episode 10: “There’s No Place To Go But Down”
  2. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 4: “Wildcat” (6/7)
Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E ready for action in episode #3, episode 4 airs Sunday 6/7 @ 9pm PT (GMT-8)

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #22 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, IMDB TV, Shudder, HBO Max, DC Universe

Weekend #22 of 53 – 5/29 – 5/31/2020

Every week on Thursdays movies and/or TV shows — mainly new, but also some older titles — at various streaming channels (these will change periodically) will be selected to watch/rewatch. The goal is to highlight some noteworthy movie and/or TV shows to check out for the coming weekend.

Movie theater new releases are covered already under the opening week posts that we do on Wednesdays (as soon as theaters reopen, these posts will resume), this new pics feature is strictly for streaming releases.

Some of these streaming services you may subscribe to, some you might want to check out a free trial and check out.

NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming service.

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*Title with asterisk – newly released
Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed
Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)

ALL Week #22 of 53 for 2020 Picks By Streaming Service

With this week’s launch of HBO Max (see: HBO Max Launches – Here’s What Everything Looks Like Inside #HBOmax), Netflix continuing to crank out new original programming and YouTube’s We Are One Film Festival (see: YouTube Hosting We Are One FREE Digital Film Festival with 20 Partners May 29 – June 7, 2020) this weekend leaves plenty of viewing options.

A number of movies that have come out in the last year are available streaming through HBO Max (Ready or Not, The Art of Racing In The Rain), Netflix (Uncut Gems) and Amazon Prime Video (Rocketman, The Goldfinch).

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NETFLIX Movies

  1. Intuition (2020)
  2. All Day And A Night (2020)
  3. John Henry (2020)
  4. Nezha (2019)

NETFLIX TV

  1. *Space Force Season 1 – 10 episodes
    Comedy, Deadpan – Original
  2. *Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich – 4 episodes
    Docuseries – Original
  3. *Dorohedoro Season 1 – 12 episodes
    Manga, adult animated

Binge watched both seasons of Selling Sunset over the last week. A reality TV series featuring the high priced world of real estate in California that has been greenlit for a third season later in 2020. High commissions and drama inside a real estate office that deals primarily in selling homes worth millions. I thought at first this would be a really shallow show that wouldn’t maintain my interest, but somehow it did.

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AMAZON PRIME Movies

  1. Come To Daddy (2020)
  2. The Tracker (2019)
  3. The Hustle (2019)
  4. Zapped (1982)
  5. Black Sunday (1977)

YouTube: We Are One Film Festival (FREE)
https://www.youtube.com/WeAreOne
Friday May 29 – June 7, 2020

  1. *Crazy World (TIFF) – Film
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r713MM-dJMg
  2. *Egg – Short
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg4jtCq9DtE
  3. *Toto – Short
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eh0wlWwp_M
  4. *Marooned – Short
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9jU2KqamuE
  5. *No One Left Behind – Short
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=243Y9xoREvw

Just a few of many films at the co-curated virtual festival that caught my eye. Similar to how SXSW was handled here (see: Afterthoughts on SXSW 2020, er, Going To The Dogs), the plan is to watch, rate and review several of the films being presented during the festival and share back the experience. Hope others reading will join in and share back as well.

IMDB TV Movies (FREE, ad-supported)
https://www.imdb.com/tv/

  1. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
  2. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
  3. Christine

IMDB TV (FREE, ad-supported)

  1. The Incredible Hulk – Season 1 –
    Superhero, Bill Bixby, Lou Ferigno
  2. The A-Team – Season 1
    Action, Mr. T

SHUDDER Movies
https://www.shudder.com/

  1. *The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs
    Season 2 Episode 6
    Horror films double-feature with host commentary
    Friday May 29, 2020 @ 6pm PST (GMT-8), 9pm EST (GMT-5)
    Discord chat via reddit/shudder group
  2. Confessional
  3. Turbo Kid
  4. Blood Machines ⭐️⭐️⭐️ [FIRST LOOK]

HBO Max Movies

  1. The Art of Racing In The Rain ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Ready Or Not ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Wonder Woman (2017) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. Suicide Squad

HBO Max TV

  1. *Love Life – Season 1 – Episodes 1-3
    Anna Kendrick, romance comedy – Original
  2. *On The Record
    Documentary – Original
  3. *Craftopia
    Children’s Game Show – Original
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DC Universe TV

  1. *Harley Quinn TV Series – Season 2, Episode 9: “Bacherlorette”
  2. *Stargirl – Season 1, Episode 3: “Icicle”

FIRST LOOK: Blood Machines

Naked women with satanic crosses covering their genitals, a spaceship with lobster claws, a trippy 80s-like synth beat track … you’ve got my attention.

Blood Machines is a short 50 minute, three part science fiction journey that was released as a Shudder original this week.

I’ve watched it twice and still fascinated with the effects and world. It has a very 80s aesthetic, complete with synth-heavy John Carpenter-like music by another Carpenter (not related, it seems): Carpenter Brut.

Brut is also responsible musically for Turbo Killer, a music video that amassed millions of views and provided inspiration to the French team comprising the screen name Seth Ickman for their newest team effort.

Blood Machines was written and directed by “Seth Ickman,” a pseudonym for the French directing team of Raphaël Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard. It will not surprise any viewers to learn that the filmmakers have worked in art direction, commercials, and music videos. While this project falls somewhere between TV and cinema, it also resembles an extended music video, as well as an elaborate demo reel and a gnarly pin-up dorm poster.

Blood Machines review: Shudder’s sci-fi oddity is like a retro dorm poster – Polygon

The trailer:

Now, check out the ship with those claws.

It just looks like a mechanical crustacean to me, and I’m digging it. Here’s what it looks like from behind:

Blood Machines is available for streaming on Shudder as of May 21, 2020.

DC Universe Is A Great Niche Streaming Service – Leave It Alone Already

Just a mere few of the 22,000+ comics available to read on DC Universe

Shudder is a great niche streaming service for horror, and DC Universe does the same for comics and animation.

If you don’t like horror, you won’t like Shudder. Same goes for comics and animation with DC Universe. I don’t understand why people need to constantly worry about the fate of DC Universe, as if AT&T needs to force Warner Bros. to shutter it, just because they have HBO Max?

DC Universe isn’t intended to compete against Netflix, Amazon Prime or even HBO Max. Apples and oranges.

But it sounds like being niche and small is an issue for many people concerned about its fate.

“Most of the people who I’d worked with were confused about what HBO Max means for DC Universe,” said another former Digital Labs employee, who exited last year and also requested anonymity to protect career prospects. “It seems like DC Universe is emphasizing its comics and nobody really seems to know where video falls into that.”

DC Universe streaming future as WarnerMedia’s HBO Max launch: Analysis – Business Insider

HBO Max will not have the community feel that DC Universe has. They have a very passionate comics and animation-oriented crowd that gather and discuss DC-related and sometimes non DC topics. One thing that raises the ire of many in that community is the endless flow of negativity in the media regarding DC Universe being closed because it’s not an important asset or valuable or whatever swipe at what’s being done.

Here’s an idea for the DC Universe naysayers that enjoy comics and animation: go try it out! Get involved like I have, and just love it for what it is, not what others want it to be. It doesn’t need to be an HBO Max with a bunch of TV shows and live action movies.

I’ll say this, if you love reading DC Comics, there is no better fix than DC Universe. And they have the best new adult animated series I’ve seen: Harley Quinn. I think of that series as fondly as the first few seasons of The Simpsons. It’s that good, yes.

Or for those negative Nancys and Normans out there, keep bashing the niche services so the corporate clones that run the parent companies — and trust me, I’m not a fan of AT&T— decide to kill the services. Enough negative media coverage and my fear is they’ll pull the plug. Keep the shareholders happy, even if they kill some golden gooses in the process.

Those of us who love these niche services will be the losers.

Shudder Promo Codes FREE 30 Day Subscription (LIMITED TIME ONLY!) – Watch The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs Season 2

Friday night fright time!

Shudder.com promo codes for 1 free month subscription: use JERICHO or SHUTIN.

As mentioned in our streaming picks for this week (see:WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND #17 of 2020 Movie and TV Streaming Picks – Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, Shudder, Vudu, Peacock, DCU), the live Shudder event — Last Drive In with Joe Bob Briggs — starts tonight Friday 4/24/2020 at 6pm PT (GMT-8), which is like 30 minutes from this post, so that code will get you into the service absolutely FREE.

You will need a credit card and be sure to choose the “monthly membership” option on the right (default is annual subscription). You won’t be charged anything, however, if you cancel before your 30 days of free membership expires. If you like horror, you’ll probably want to hang around and see what else is brewing in the bloody cauldron.

Wrestler Chris Jericho is joining Joe Bob Briggs as a guest host tonight.

And for the second, I’ll be joined in the co-hosting chair by the amazing Chris Jericho, first All Elite Wrestling world champion and perhaps the most famous wrestler in the world right now, in both the United States and Japan, not to mention frontman for the metal band Fozzy. Why would Jericho be joining me for the first episode of the nine-week Last Drive-In season? Because he’s also the world’s foremost expert on Bloodsucking Freaks.

Joe Bob Briggs Tells Fans What to Expect in THE LAST DRIVE-IN Season 2: Electric Boogaloo! – Dread Central

I haven’t seen Bloodsucking Freaks the second film and we have no idea what the first film will be. Joe Bob’s Last Drive-In is a double feature every Friday at 6pm PT (GMT-8).

Reddit/Shudder is having a watch-a-long with chat through Discord. You can join the fun here: https://discord.gg/sHyjrdQ

Note: if you come to this post in the future, the Shudder promo codes may no longer work. Be sure to subscribe to this blog so you can get notified for posts like this. Thank you for reading and happy horror watching to you!

Shudder December 2019 Movies Added Reviewed and Rated

December 2019 there were 15 movies added + 1 live special (Joe Bob’s Red Christmas), here are what I saw, reviewed, rated and ranked:

  1. The Lost Boys ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
  2. Black Christmas (1974) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
  3. Shocker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. Inner Demon ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. The Head Hunter⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. Smoke & Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. The Serpent and The Rainbow ⭐️⭐️⭐
  8. C️lass of 1984 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. Dial Code Santa Claus ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. Jack Frost ⭐️⭐️
  11. Perfect⭐️⭐️
  12. Sleepwalkers ⭐️⭐️
  13. Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 ⭐️½

Not reviewed: Season 1 of Iskander: Shadow of the River, From The Dark and Trivisa.

Some celebration for director Wes Craven’s work this month,

Joe Bob’s Red Christmas Special (see Letterboxd for all Drive-in movie to date) on December 13 I couldn’t make live but caught the replay and Joe Bob and Darcy were great. There was a special horror scene involving Darcy, a couple original songs with Joe Bob singing and a gore skit scene involving one of the cast members! The three movies for Joe Bob’s Red Christmas Special are included in the list above: Black Christmas (1974), Jack Frost and Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2.

It’s January 2, and I haven’t seen a post with the newest movies coming in January 2020 yet, so maybe they aren’t doing that in the reddit/shudder community I belong to anymore. Too bad because this month has several new horror movie releases in the theater and I’m sure Shudder is going to try and take advantage of this being a horror month at the cinema.

Shudder November 2019 Movies Added Reviewed and Rated

14 movies added to Shudder in November 2019

Am still a proud paid subscriber to Shudder, working my way through both their existing mostly niche horror library and the newly added titles. Of the 14 movies newly added, here are the ones I watched, reviewed and rated:

  1. Tetsuo: The Iron Man ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Trick ‘R Treat ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. Session 9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. The Baby ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Nekrotronic ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Bride of Re-Animator ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Re:Born ⭐️⭐️½
  9. Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight⭐️½
  10. Deep Murder⭐️½

Note: there are four movies listed in the screenshot (Audition, A Bluebird in my Heart, Cat O’Nine Tails, Season of the Witch) that I either didn’t watch or have watched, but not reviewed yet. My favorite movie added in November reviewed as of this writing was Tetsuo: The Iron Man – that was just all kinds of STNG Borg-like weirdness. Loved it!

Have backed off some of my horror watching in favor of more holiday-oriented films and enjoying the new streaming service, Disney+. Only so much to spread around, but I still consider Shudder to be worth it. Will probably take me many months, maybe even a year or more to get through the hundreds of horror movies in their library.

Here is what Shudder is adding in December 2019:

Lots of love for Wes Craven being added to Shudder in December 2019 + Joe Bob Briggs event!

There are five movies in theaters opening wide on December 13 (Uncut Gems [PREVIEW], Bombshell [PREVIEW], Jumanji: The Next Level [PREVIEW], Richard Jewell and Black Christmas), so am not sure I’ll make Joe Bob’s Red Christmas event when it debuts live (can’t be in two places at the same time, lol), but will at least catch the recording and see what the maestro of horror hosting, Joe Bob, has cooking.

Yesterday, to kick off December, I rewatched and reviewed Shocker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ and Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers ⭐️⭐️ (talk about a good intro to the movie, Cats, opening in theaters the end of this month!)

2019 Shudder 31 Days of Halloween Viewing Guide Reviewed and Ranked

Shudder’s 31 Days of Halloween Horror Viewing Guide

Finished watching, rating and reviewing the last of Shudder’s 31 Days of Halloween Horror View Guide. Here are links to all reviews and ranked listing of all the movies including the three that were part of the Joe Bob Briggs Halloween Hootenanny event on October 25, 2019 (three Halloween movies, the original John Carpenter masterpiece plus Halloween 4 and Halloween 5). The list below intentionally excludes the Shudder Creepshow TV series, which I’ve reviewed and rated all of those in a separate TV REVIEW post (Season 1 posted here).

NOTE: Bolded titles were first watches in October 2019, click title to read the review

  1. Halloween (1978)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Phantasm ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. Dead & Buried ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. The Devil’s Rejects ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. The Wax Mask⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. The Changeling ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Haunt ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. Magic ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. The Furies ⭐️⭐️⭐
  11. T️he Nightshifter⭐️⭐️⭐
  12. City of the Living Dead ⭐️⭐️⭐
  13. Nightmare Cinema ⭐️⭐️⭐
  14. Hands Of The Ripper ⭐️⭐️⭐
  15. The Taking of Deborah Logan ⭐️⭐️⭐
  16. Noroi: The Curse ⭐️⭐️⭐
  17. (Joe Bob Special) Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers ⭐️⭐️½
  18. Terrified ⭐️⭐️½
  19. Demons ⭐️⭐️½
  20. Hell House LLC ⭐️⭐️½
  21. Belzebuth ⭐️⭐️½
  22. Creepshow 2 ⭐️⭐️
  23. The Witch in the Window ⭐️⭐
  24. Gwen ⭐️⭐
  25. Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl⭐️½ ️
  26. Yiy ⭐️
  27. (Joe Bob Special) Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers ½ ️

John Carpenter’s eerie music just stole the show for pure horror value and earns the #1 slot. I think that’s a staple for both new and veteran horror fans alike to watch in/around Halloween every year.

Interestingly, at the opposite end — way deep at the bottom of the list — is the literally unwatchable (and the only reason I suffered through watching it again was because it was part of Joe Bob’s Shudder special) Halloween 5. Yikes, that is one of the trashiest horror sequels in an iconic franchise ever made with its only saving grace being Donald Pleasence

TV REVIEW: Creepshow Season 1 Episodes Reboot by Shudder – 12 Stories, 6 Episodes All Rated and Reviewed (no spoilers)

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.

Episode 1

“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.

Episode 2

“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.

Episode 3

“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!

Episode 4

“The Companion”⭐️½
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.

Episode 5

“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!

Episode 6

“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

  1. “Skincrawlers” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐⭐️ ️
  2. “The Man in the Suitcase” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. “The Finger” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. “Times is Tough In Musky Hollow”⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. “Lydia Layne’s Better Half”⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. “Night of the Paw”⭐️⭐️½
  7. “House of the Head” ⭐️⭐️½
  8. “Bad Wolf Down” ⭐️⭐️½
  9. “Gray Matter” ⭐️⭐️
  10. “All Hallow’s Eve”⭐️½
  11. “The Companion” ⭐️½
  12. “By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain” ⭐️

Overall maximum possible rating: 60 (100% = 12 episodes x 5 stars)
Actual overall rating: 33 1/2 = ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary

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.