Nerdful Things – ‘Creepshow’ Series First Impressions
I used to love the original Creepshow. It was corny and cheesy but it was fun. It’s heavily dated now so when I heard it was being revived, I was quite looking forward to it. When I heard that Greg Nicotero was involved I had a good idea how this would play out and you can clearly see his influences on the show. I haven’t included any spoilers so don’t worry.
Episode 1 was released on 26th September and I watched it last night. Each episode is made up of two stories. The first part, Gray Matter is based upon Stephen King’s short story of the same name. Starring Tobin Bell (most will know him from his role as Jigsaw in Saw), it follows the short story rather faithfully with a few changes that I think work well.
The second story, House of the Head is the weakest, in my opinion. It’s enjoyable but not great. Based upon the short story by Josh Malerman, it focuses on a doll house in which a family of three are tormented by a head that has randomly appeared. This second part gives off straight-to-TV, Channel 5 afternoon movie kinda vibes.
In summary, episode one was pretty good but if Gray Matter had been followed by something a bit creepier and stronger, the show could have started with a bang as opposed to a relatively big pop and then a fizzle. Regardless of all that though, it’s something I could re-watch and most likely will. Hopefully the next slew of tales will improve upon this mediocre start.
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