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 filmmaker Greg 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.”
The fifth episode of the series debuts on Shudder tomorrow, October 24. The season finale, featuring a segment directed by Tom Savini, premieres on Halloween. The series features a cast that includes Creepshow stars David Arquette Scream franchise, Adrienne Barbeau The Fog, Tobin Bell Saw, Big Boi Scream: The TV Series, Jeffrey Combs Star Trek, Re-Animator, Kid Cudi Drunk Parents, Bruce Davison X-Men, Giancarlo Esposito Better Call Saul, Dana Gould Stan Against Evil, Tricia Helfer Battlestar Galactica, Lucifer and DJ Qualls The Man in the High Castle, Supernatural and features adaptations of stories by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Josh Malerman and more.
Special effects legend Greg Nicotero has shared a Creepshow season 2 update on social media. Nicotero confirmed that production has been stalled due to the world's current state of affairs. Most of Hollywood has been shut down and forced to work from home, along with a ton of other businesses across the world. For Creepshow, it seems that they had really just started with season 2 and it looks like there is a lot more work to do when everything gets back to normal.
Before Creepshow season 2 halted production, they were working on a massive spider, which can be seen in Greg Nicotero's video update. It's pretty creepy, to say the least, and Nicotero seems proud of the work that went into making it. However, he doesn't want to get too close to the spider. As it turns out, even horror legends still get scared. He had this to say.
'Even though filming for Creepshow season 2 is delayed, I wanted to give you a little glimpse at one of the puppets IN PROGRESS before 'the pause.' A wee bit more hair work and need to connect controllers for body and mandible articulation. It's tough to get too close to this cause I am terrified of spiders but good therapy I guess.'
Creepshow season 2 was announced in October 2019 by Shudder. The platform was very happy with the way everything worked out, according to its GM Craig Engler. He says, 'Shudder's first original scripted series and then some, with record numbers across the board.' He went on to note that Greg Nicotero and crew 'delivered an amazing show that's unlike anything else on TV and we're thrilled and delighted to bring it back for another season.'
Greg Nicotero is happy to be back for Creepshow season 2 after calling the project a 'labor of love.' With that being said, it has to be a pretty big bummer to have everything stopped for the time being, or 'paused,' as Nicotero puts it. Regardless, this is something that everybody in the entertainment business is having to deal with as everybody looks towards an uncertain future. It's unclear of what comes next, but it's looking more and more like a real-life episode of Creepshow.
While Creepshow is a Shudder exclusive, the first season is preparing to air on AMC. The network TV debut of the horror anthology series is supposed to happen before season 2 launches on Shudder, but it's unclear when that will be happening now since everything has been delayed indefinitely. Whatever the case may be, this is still exciting news for horror fans who have not yet been able to see what Greg Nicotero and his team have put together. While we wait for some more season 2 news, you can check out the latest update below, thanks to Greg Nicotero's Instagram page.