It’s official: Creepshow is a huge hit for Shudder, the horror streaming service owned by AMC Networks. The TV adaptation of the George A. Romero/Stephen King horror classic has been setting records since its September 26 premiere, which means it’s probably only a matter of time before a second season is announced. The series is the brainchild of special effects make-up artists and filmmakerGreg Nicotero and has been rolling out weekly with new tales of terror.
According to Shudder, their Creepshow series is a graveyard smash, setting records in terms of “viewers, subscriber acquisitions and total minutes streamed.” Here are some of the facts and figures:
Since Creepshow premiered on September 26, 54% of all members on Shudder’s direct-to-consumer platforms* have viewed an episode of the series. As new episodes premiere weekly through Halloween, this number will continue to rise. Episode 1 had more minutes streamed in its opening weekend September 26-29 than any title in Shudder’s history, nearly equal to the #2, #3 and #4 titles combined, all of which are feature films with significantly longer runtimes. The first week of Creepshow set a record for total minutes streamed on the service… a record that has been broken in each of the three weeks since. The series is bringing in record numbers of new Shudder members, so far delivering the 14 best subscriber acquisition days in Shudder history, and 21 of the top 25 days. Creepshow has been as big a hit with critics as it has with fans. At 96% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, it is one of the best-reviewed new shows of 2019.
Here’s the part of the story where I tell you I wish Creepshow were just a little bit better. I know that’s a statement that will probably outrage some of my good friends in the horror community, but I’ve been a little disappointed at how cheap the show looks. I get it: this isn’t a big-budget endeavor. And it doesn’t have to be. But the quality of the footage looks considerably bland as if the show wasn’t color corrected properly. This is all the more frustrating because Romero’s Creepshow is so colorful, loaded with shots meant to emulate garish comic book horror pages.
All that said, there’s still plenty of fun to be had, and I’m hopeful that when and if a second season arrives Creepshow will have worked out all the kinks and return stronger than ever.
“Creepshow is a breakout series that’s hit the trifecta for streaming services: Shudder members love it, critics love it and it’s driving record numbers of new subscribers,” said Shudder GM Craig Engler. “Greg Nicotero and his team have delivered an amazing show that honors the original movie by George A. Romero and Stephen King while forging an identity that’s uniquely its own.”
EXCLUSIVE: The Creepshow TV series is setting records for AMC’s Shudder. Since its September 26 premiere, 54% of all members on Shudder’s direct-to-consumer platforms have viewed an episode of the anthology series based on the 1982 Stephen King and George Romero film, according to the premium streaming service.
Additionally, the first episode had more minutes streamed in its opening weekend September 26-29 than any title in Shudder's history, nearly equal to the #2 Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire, #3 Mandy and #4 Summer of ’84 titles, all features with twice the run-time of Creepshow, combined. Shudder says. The first week of the anthology series also set a record for total minutes streamed on the service and is bringing in record numbers of new members, according to Shudder.
Creepshow, which boasts a 96% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, stars David Arquette, Adrienne Barbeau, Tobin Bell, Big Boi, Jeffrey Combs, Kid Cudi, Bruce Davison, Giancarlo Esposito, Dana Gould, Tricia Helfer and DJ Qualls. The Walking Dead helmer Greg Nicotero directs, executive produces and oversees the show's creative elements.
“ Creepshow is a breakout series that's hit the trifecta for streaming services: Shudder members love it, critics love it and it's driving record numbers of new subscribers,” said Shudder GM Craig Engler. “Greg Nicotero and his team have delivered an amazing show that honors the original movie by George A. Romero and Stephen King while forging an identity that's uniquely its own.”
The series' fifth episode, starring Davison and Arquette, will premiere this Thursday, October 24. Creepshow's season finale, featuring horror legend Tom Savini directing an adaptation of Joe Hill's story “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” will premiere on October 31.
Shudder's 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.
On the October 2, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.
>Opening Banter: Ben is in Hawaii.
At The Water Cooler:
What we’ve been Doing: Jacob wants to give a shout-out to the readers and listeners who said hi at Fantastic Fest. Brad wrecked his car, which is not cool. What we’ve been Reading: Peter has been reading Bob Iger’s book A Ride Of A Lifetime. Jacob read Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix. What we’ve been Watching: Jacob, Hoai-Tran, Chris, and Brad watched the season premiere of The Good Place. Hoai-Tran and Chris watched The Irishman. Chris and Jacob watched Hell House LLC 3. Peter has been watching Years and Years on HBO and has been binge watching a YouTube channel called Potato Jet. Chris watched Spider-Man: Far From Home. Jacob watched the season finale of Battlebots, Hatchet, Hatchet II, and the first episode of Creepshow. Brad watched the available episodes of the new season of Great British Baking Show, has been watching Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik, rewatched Cabin in the Woods, Hoai-Tran saw Ad Astra, Lucy in the Sky, The Lighthouse, Inside Llewyn Davis, saw First Cow and Varda by Agnes at NYFF and has revisited an old favorite anime Inuyasha. What we’ve been Eating: Jacob and Chris enjoyed some Gourdoughs. Brad tried Apple Cider cookies from 7-11 and Arby’s S’mores Shake, and Cheez-It Pizza from Pizza Hut. Is enraged to learn that the VooDew Mountain Dew flavor was Candy Corn. What we’ve been Playing: Jacob has been playing Untitled Goose Game.
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Everything is still coming up Stephen King, and that’s definitely the case on San Diego Comic-Con weekend. Not only does the new It Chapter 2 trailer look horrifying, but Shudder has dropped a trailer for the Creepshow anthology series based on the 1982 film written by King and directed by George Romero. This might be a tougher sell compared to other King-centered properties these days, since Creepshow always felt like a niche title and relied heavily upon campy vibes, but it’s rad that Adrienne Barbeau, who appeared in the movie, climbed aboard the cast. The trailer seems spooky enough but as disjointed as one would expect from an upcoming anthology. Also as expected, the visuals are better than the original film … will that help or hurt this show?
We won’t know until Creepshow debuts on September 26th, but the season and the Comic-Con panel will feature a vast assemblage of cast members that include Giancarlo Esposito Better Call Saul, Tricia Helfer Lucifer, the aforementioned Barbeau The Fog, and DJ Qualls Supernatural, All About Steve. Showrunner Greg Nicotero The Walking Dead and King’s son, horror author Joe Hill NOS4A2, will appear within the panel, and here’s details about the first episode:
[T]he two Creepshow stories that will be featured in the show’s premiere episode: the Stephen King story “Gray Matter,” adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi The Commuter and directed by series showrunner Greg Nicotero, which stars Barbeau, Esposito and Tobin Bell Saw; and “House of the Head,” written by Josh Malerman Bird Box and directed by John Harrison Book of Blood, Tales from the Crypt. Harrison was also the first assistant director for George Romero on the original Creepshow movie.
The horror pedigree is certainly strong for the Creepshow series, and Shudder has also released a poster ahead of the September 26 premiere.
Creepshow, Shudder’s first long-form original, has announced three new editions to the anthology series casting.
Joining the cast are actors David Arquette Scream franchise, Tricia Helfer Battlestar Galactica, Lucifer and Dana Gould The Simpsons, Stan Against Evil. Shudder also revealed the three new Creepshow stories in which they will appear, and announced Tom Savini Dawn of the Dead, 1990's Night of the Living Dead as the director of Joe Hill's “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain” adapted by Jason Ciaramella, marking Savini's return to the beloved franchise.
“There wouldn't be a Creepshow without Tom Savini,” said showrunner Greg Nicotero. “His mark on the horror industry and unflinching approach to special effects make-up did more for the genre than anything since the invention of fake blood. Tom has always been a visionary and his love of cinema and making movies is felt in every frame of his episode. I'm honored to have my friend as a big part of the team.”
“Having done all the creepy, monstrous, gory effects in the original movie, I am indescribably overjoyed to come full circle now directing an episode of this Creepshow series,” said Savini.
Arquette will star in “Times is Tough in Musky Holler,” directed by John Harrison and written by John Skipp and Dori Miller, based on their short story. Leaders who once controlled a town through fear and intimidation get a taste of their own medicine.
Helfer will star in “Lydia Layne's Better Half,” written by John Harrison based on a story by Harrison and Greg Nicotero and 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.
Benjamin will also direct “Skincrawlers,” starring Gould and written by Paul Dini and Stephen Langford. A man considers a miraculous new treatment for weight loss that turns out to have unexpected complications.
“Part of what makes Creepshow fun is getting a chance to work with some terrific actors who also love the genre,” Nicotero said. “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.”
The new cast join Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito and Tobin Bell, previously announced for the Stephen King story “Gray Matter,” adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi The Commuter and directed by Nicotero The Walking Dead.
Creepshow is based on the 1982 film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero. The DNA of the original movie is firmly embedded in the new series: in addition to Savini's and Barbeau's return to the franchise, Joe Hill played comic-book-loving “Billy” in the original film's wrap-around segments; John Harrison, who was 1st Assistant Director on 1982's Creepshow and composed its theme, is back to direct segments of the series; and executive producer and director Greg Nicotero visited the first film's set as a teenager, and contributed make-up effects to its 1987 follow-up, Creepshow 2.
Shudder has now announced eleven of the twelve segments that will make up Creepshow's six-episode season. Previously announced segments include adaptations of “Gray Matter” by Stephen King, “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill, “The Companion” by Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale & Keith Lansdale, “The House of the Head” by Josh Malerman Bird Box, “The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman and “All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones, along with the original stories “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito and “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab. The final story and additional casting will be announced soon.
Shudder's 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; Greg 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. Creepshow will premiere on Shudder later this year.