Animated ‘Creepshow’ on Shudder

(Above source: Shudder)

Designated Survivor’s Kiefer Sutherland and The Kissing Booth’s Joey King lend their voices to The Creepshow Halloween Special, an animated program debuting Thursday, October 29, on Shudder.

Special make-up effects wiz Greg Nicotero directs two segments based on short stories by horror masters Stephen King and Joe Hill (King’s son).

“Survivor Type,” Nicotero’s adaptation of the tale from King’s 1985 book Skeleton Crew, stars Sutherland as a man marooned on a deserted island and “determined to stay alive …  no matter what the cost.”

(Above: “Survivor Type.” Source: Shudder)

“Twittering from the Circus of the Dead,” which Melanie Dale adapted from Hill’s story, stars King “as a teen whose family road trip includes a visit to the gravest show on earth.”

Circus of the Dead on Shudder
(Above: “Circus the Dead.” Source: Shudder)

Nicotero is showrunner for the Creepshow series, which debuted its first season on Shudder in 2019 with six episodes consisting of two stories each. Plans for a second season have been delayed by Covid. The season one cast included Scream’s David Arquette, The Fog’s Adrienne Barbeau, Saw’s Tobin Bell, X-Men’s Bruce Davison, Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito and The Man in the High Castle’s DJ Qualls.

Shudder costs $5.99 a month or $56.99 annually ($4.75 a month). Each option includes a seven-day free trial. For more info, including devices, visit shudder.com.

The original Creepshow anthology film (1982) was directed by legendary horror director George A. Romero. Stephen King wrote the screenplay and appeared on-screen in one segment, “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill.” The movie also starred Hal Holbrook, E.G., Marshall, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, Ed Harris and Fritz Weaver. In addition to showing on Shudder, it can be rented starting at $2.99 from Amazon, YouTube and other providers.

Creepshow 2 (1987), also written by King and Romero, starred Dorothy Lamour in her last film role, Moonraker’s Lois Chiles and George Kennedy. Holt McCallany, who plays FBI agent Bill Tench on Netflix’s Mindhunter, starred in a story called, “Old Chief Wood’nhead.” You can watch Creepshow 2 for free, with ads, on Tubi. You can stream it uninterrupted on Shudder or with an Amazon Prime subscription, or rent it starting at $2.99 from Vudu and other services.

A second film sequel, Creepshow 3 (1986), which did not feature the creative team of King and Romero, is currently unavailable to stream.

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