Creepshow TV Series
Posted: September 27, 2019
Creepshow was first a film by King and George A. Romero. It contained 5 shorter movies. Then there was a second movie also by King and Romero. Next a third movie was released. This one had nothing to do with King so that one we can just forget, it just tried to cash in on the association between the title Creepshow and Kingís name. It didnít succeed. Now there is a TV show coming. Itís connected to King since itís adapting one of Kingís stories, Gray Matter. It also adapts a story by Joe Hill, By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain which is also a connection to the original film since Joe had a small part in it (he plays the kid in the wraparound story). So, this show feels somewhat like Kingís Creepshow but also not. There are a lot of other short films based on stories by other writers.
Anyhow, I got to see a preview of the first episode that contains the adaptation of Kingís Gray Matter and a segment called The House of the Head based on a story by John Harrison. These two short films are part of the first episode (each episode will have two stories). Iím going to focus on Kingís episode primarily in this review. If I get to see the rest of the season, Iíll get back to them.
I want to start by saying that the version I saw didnít have the final FX and that might be part of why I feel the episode felt very low budget. Iím not convinced thatís the case though since it was indicated where the FX wasnít finished, I assume that it was in the rest of the episode, but I still want to mention it here. The Creepshow movies are labeled horror comedy and have tagline like ĒThe most fun youíll have being scaredĒ. They are also based on comics from the 50ís but even though I try to take that in consideration here it still feels cheap. The crypt keeper feels like a discharged character from The Muppet Show and not in a good way. Very stiff.
But letís move on to Kingís story. The acting is mediocre (specially from the kid) which feels very strange considering the actors they have here. We see Adrienne Barbeau, Tobin Bell and Giacarlo Esposito but it doesnít help. Not sure why but it doesnít work. The element of surprise is totally disregarded, and we know pretty much from the start what is happening to the boyís father and itís no surprise when we reach the ending of the story. And again, the special effects (the ones that are there) look cheap at best.
I really wanted this to be a success but if the following episodes are like this, Iím very skeptical that there will be a second season...
Lilja's final words about Creepshow TV Series
What really disappoints me is the crypt keeper. Terrible.