Review: Halfway Through the Season, CREEPSHOW Delivers A Standout Segment
We’re halfway through Shudder’s episodic reintroduction to Creepshow and we’re still having a blast. The first two episodes have given us works ranging from splatterpunk godfathers and iconic horror novelists and this episode gives us a taste of something old school and something entirely different.
“All Hallow’s Eve” is prefaced by perhaps my favorite bit with The Creep yet, seeing him mobile and vocal harkens back to the golden era of Tales from the Crypt and even though it’s only two minutes of screen time, it’s well utilized and has me loving this new host more and more. The actual segment is written by Bruce Jones, adapted from his own comic book horror short first published in the genre anthology Twisted Tales in the eighties. Something about this dated story makes the entire story feel a bit more old school and it honestly works with the piece, complimenting the sappy ending that edges into Amblin-like territory. It doubles down on that old school vibe by tapping John Harrison to direct, a man who earned his stripes working alongside horror icon George Romero and directing segments in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie and Residue as well as Clive Barker’s Book of Blood. It’s not particularly scary or even shocking, you’ll see the twist early on, but it does feel decidedly Halloween and manages to evoke some strong pulls of emotion as the piece nears its finale.
Our follow up segment is David Bruckner’s “The Man in the Suitcase,” written by horror novelist Christopher Buehlman. Buehlman is known for his work with vampires and steps out of his wheelhouse here to deliver a short that is one of the most Creepshow feelings shorts so far, perfectly capturing that intersection of weird and scary. Bruckner also has some fun here, telling the story of a teenage burnout who discovers a man twisted up inside his suitcase, who happens to spit out gold when he’s in pain. No, you read that right, it’s real weird. Honestly, bits of this feel almost more like a segment for Tales from the Hood, which if you’ve seen the film, you know is not a bad thing and the cameo from hip hop legend Big Boi aids that sentiment. We ride the weirdo fiction line through most of the episode before it takes a hard turn into the supernatural at the end and it’s not only some of the best effects work we’ve seen this season, it’s honestly just a solid surprise and a lot of fun.
So far Creepshow has delivered for fans of the show as well as branching out of it’s comfort zone and introducing new stories for new fans. We’re excited and can’t wait to see what we have coming next.