First season of Shudder’s Creepshow series to air on AMC

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

If you've been hoping for a way to watch the Creepshow series without subscribing to the Shudder streaming service (or signing up for a free trial period), AMC has you covered. The television network has announced that they will be airing the first season of Creepshow sometime later this year, before the second season premieres on Shudder.

Creepshow was a hit for Shudder and broke viewership records for the service. 

The first episode had more minutes streamed in its opening weekend (September 26-29) than any title in the service’s history, nearly equal to the opening weekend minutes of the #2 (Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire), #3 (Mandy) and #4 (Summer of ’84) titles combined — all features with twice the run-time of the Creepshow premiere. The first week of the anthology series also set a record for total minutes streamed on the service.

So it makes sense that AMC, which owns Shudder, thinks the show 

will be successful on AMC but will also then build audiences for the season two launch back on Shudder."

Special effects artist Greg Nicotero serves as the creative supervisor on the series, which is inspired by the George A. Romero / Stephen King anthology films CREEPSHOW and CREEPSHOW 2. Nicotero, who visited the set of CREEPSHOW when it was filmed and worked on CREEPSHOW 2, also brought CREEPSHOW franchise veterans John Harrison, Tom Savini, Rick Catizone, Joe Hill, Adrienne Barbeau, and King in to contribute to the show. 

The six episodes of Creepshow's first season each consist of two separate story segments. Here's the full list: 

“Gray Matter” 
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 
Directed by: John Harrison
Evie discovers her new dollhouse might be haunted.

“Bad Wolf Down” 
Written by: Rob Schrab
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.

“The Finger”
Written by: David J. Schow
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.

“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.

“The Man in the Suitcase”  
Written by: Christopher Buehlman
Directed by: Dave Bruckner 
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.

“The Companion” 
Story by: Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale & Keith Lansdale, adapted by Matt Venne
Directed by: Dave Bruckner 
A young boy, bullied by his older brother, sneaks into an abandoned farm that is protected by a supernatural force. 

“Lydia Layne’s Better Half”  
Story by: John Harrison & Greg Nicotero, adapted by John Harrison
Directed by: Roxanne Benjamin 
A powerful woman denies a promotion to her protégée and lover but fails to anticipate the fallout.

“Night of the Paw” 
Written by: John Esposito
Directed by: John Harrison
A lonely mortician finds company in the ultimate  ‘be careful what you wish for’ story.

“Times is Tough in Musky Holler” 
Written by: John Skipp and Dori Miller, based on their short story
Directed by: John Harrison
Leaders who once controlled a town through fear and intimidation get a taste of their own medicine.

Written by: Paul Dini & Stephen Langford
Directed by: Roxanne Benjamin 
A man considers a miraculous new treatment for weight loss that turns out to have unexpected complications.

“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?

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. 

Source: Deadline

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