In 1982, two of the biggest names in horror joined forces, and the movie Creepshow was the result. The film was written by Stephen King, who at that point was already one of the most successful authors in the world, with classics such as The Shining, Carrie, Salem’s Lot, and The Dead Zone selling millions of copies. The director was George A. Romero, who had revolutionized horror with the 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead, followed it with cult favorites The Crazies and Martin, and then released his 1978 zombie masterpiece Dawn of the Dead.
Creepshow was an anthology movie, with its style and tone very much influenced by horror comics of the 1950s–in particular, those published by EC comics. The wraparound story features King’s son Joe as a comic book-loving kid, while the stories are ghoulishly fun, all directed with an exaggerated style designed to pay homage to vintage comics like Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror. The movie was a box office success, and it stands as one of the best anthology horror outings of the last few decades.
While Creepshow 2 and 3 followed, neither are as fondly remembered–the third movie was released straight-to-DVD and had no involvement from King or Romero. So when a Creepshow TV series was announced by horror streaming platform Shudder, there was immediate excitement from fans. Romero sadly died in 2017, but it was revealed that King would be contributing a story, as would his son–that little kid from the first movie is now acclaimed horror author Joe Hill. As the months have gone by, we’ve learned a lot more about the show too–the cast, writers, and the directors, as well as seeing the first trailer. So here’s everything we know so far about Creepshow….