AMC Networks' horror-based service Shudder is filling our fall seasons with some serious old-school frights with Creepshow, the premium streamer's horror anthology reboot of the 1982 film of the same name. Executive producer and segment director Greg Nicotero's (The Walking Dead) six-episode series continues creeping and crawling along this week with "Night of the Paw" and "Times is Tough in Musky Holler" (more info below) – but the folks at Shudder were cruel-to-be-kind enough to let Bleeding Cool exclusively offer horror fans a very cool look behind the scenes.
In the following clip, Nicotero, Tom Savini, John Harrison, and Adrienne Barbeau discuss what first attracted them to the George A. Romero, the impact the film has had over the years, and what it means to be bringing the spirit of Creepshow back for a new generation of viewers:
About Shudder's "Creepshow"…
Here's a look at the series' two official trailers (with some interesting details):
Shudder's Creepshow cast includes Tobin Bell (Saw franchise), David Arquette (Scream, Ready to Rumble), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Lucifer), Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Stan Against Evil), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Swamp Thing), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), OutKast's Big Boi, Kid Cudi, Jeffrey Combs (Star Trek), Bruce Davison (X-Men), DJ Qualls (The Man in the High Castle), and more.
"Part of what makes Creepshow fun is getting a chance to work with some terrific actors who also love the genre. It adds that level of excitement when we get to share our collective love for horror in this fashion. David and I have worked together before and Dana Gould might be my equal in terms of all things horror. Then bring Tricia into the mix and Creepshow just shines. Getting to watch her exude power, grace and intensity in a story I wrote can't be matched."
– Greg Nicotero
Here's a look at the 12 segments for the 6-episode season ( 2 segments/episode) of Creepshow, along with the writer/director teams:
"All Hallows Eve"
Written by: Bruce Jones / Directed by: John Harrison
Even then they're a little too old, this group of friends still want to trick-or-treat but getting candy isn't all they are looking for.
"Bad Wolf Down"
Written & Directed by: Rob Schrab
A group of American soldiers, trapped behind enemy lines during World War II, finds an unconventional way to even the odds.
"By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain"
Story by: Joe Hill, adapted by Jason Ciaramella / Directed by: Tom Savini
Her dad died looking for the monster living at the bottom of Lake Champlain, and now, will she?
Story by: Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale & Keith Lansdale, adapted by Matt Venne / Directed by: Dave Bruckner (The Ritual)
A young boy, bullied by his older brother, sneaks into an abandoned farm that is protected by a supernatural force.
Written by: David J. Schow (The Crow) / Directed by: Greg Nicotero
An unhappy man discovers a severed, inhuman appendage on the street and brings it home, where it grows into a loyal companion with some deadly quirks.
Story by: Stephen King, adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi / Directed by: Greg Nicotero
Doc and Chief, two old-timers in a small, dying town, brave a storm to check on Richie, an alcoholic single father, after encountering his terrified son at the local convenience store. The story, first published in 1973, is part of King's best-selling 1978 collection, Night Shift.
"The House of the Head"
Written by: Josh Malerman (Bird Box) / Directed by: John Harrison
Evie's discovers her new dollhouse might be haunted.
"Lydia Layne's Better Half"
Story by: John Harrison & Greg Nicotero, adapted by John Harrison / Directed by: Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock)
A powerful woman denies a promotion to her protégée and lover but fails to anticipate the fallout.
"The Man in the Suitcase"
Written by: Christopher Buehlman / Directed by: Dave Bruckner (The Ritual)
A college student brings the wrong bag home from the airport only to find a pretzeled man trapped inside, afflicted by a strange condition that turns his pain into gold.
"Night of the Paw"
Written by: John Esposito / Directed by: John Harrison
A mortician saves the life of a woman who shows up at his door one night, but unbeknownst to her, the man had wished for a murderer to come put him out of his misery… maybe she wasn't so fortunate after all.
Written by: Paul Dini & Stephen Langford / Directed by: Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock)
A man considers a miraculous new treatment for weight loss that turns out to have unexpected complications.
"Times is Tough in Musky Holler"
Written by: John Skipp and Dori Miller, based on their short story / Directed by: John Harrison
Former Mayor Lester Barkley is in prison, and with his most loyal supporters locked up too, his odds don't look good. Their gruesome means of control went too far, and now, they'll be getting a taste of their own medicine—or rather, the dead will be getting a taste of their former mayor.
Creepshow is produced by the Cartel with Monster Agency Productions, Taurus Entertainment, and Striker Entertainment: Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, and Eric Woods are executive producers for the Cartel; Nicotero and Brian Witten are executive producers for Monster Agency Productions; Robert Dudelson, James Dudelson, and Jordan Kizwani are executive producers for Taurus Entertainment; Russell Binder is executive producer and Marc Mostman co-executive producer for Striker Entertainment.