Horror Journalists Visited the Set of CREEPSHOW: Here’s What They Saw
Earlier this year, horror journalists were invited down to Atlanta to visit the set of our upcoming original series Creepshow, which is based on the Stephen King and George A. Romero 1982 horror anthology movie of the same name. With Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) as executive producer and showrunner, the six-episode series will see some of horror’s most legendary actors journey once again into EC Comics-inspired glory for 12 tales of terror.
Jacob Hall of /Film highlighted the “monster room”, explaining that because each episode only gets 3.5 days to shoot, “…and because it goes through an absurd number of monsters and corpses on a daily basis, this cramped storage space is where the crew hides the bodies. Literally. Kind of. Shelves stacked with severed limbs and ruined torsos. More than a few bloody heads, faces still wearing expressions of shock. Monster carcasses, puppets, foam creature suits that look like they were heavily used before being placed here.”
Comic Book’s Chris Killian was witness to “…a werewolf swiping the head off of a Nazi soldier, and let me tell you – if you’re a fan of gory practical effects, you’re going to love Creepshow because that’s exactly who this show aims to please.”
Nicotero was insistent that the series feel authentic when compared to the original film, saying, “We are really embracing the split-screens and going through the [comic] panels. So, it’s got that flair and flavor to it, which is great,” he told Michael Roffman of Consequence of Sound. He added, “Even when the network watched the first cut of an episode, I don’t think they really understood how much we were embracing that aspect of it. Like, you know, the camera goes across the title page, and the Creep is there, and you hear a little giggle. They were like, ‘Wow, you guys are all in,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, if we weren’t all in, then it would probably just seem like another anthology show.’”
Liam Matthews from TV Guide says that Stephen King fans will be delighted by the wealth of nods in the episode “Gray Matter”, which is adapted from the King short story of the same name. With over 50 references in the episode, eagle-eyed viewers can spot, “…the skeletons of Church the cat from Pet Sematary and Mr. Jingles the mouse from The Green Mile among the carcasses. The bodies of two girls who look a lot like the twins from The Shining are in his bathtub. A toy replica of Christine is tucked away amidst the accumulated filth on the kitchen table.”
Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito, Kid Cudi, David Arquette, Tobin Bell, Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Davison, D.J Qualls, Tricia Helfer, Big Boi and Dana Gould are just some of the stars who appear in the upcoming series, which also features stories by Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale and Josh Malerman, among others, in segments directed by Nicotero, Roxanne Benjamin (pictured with Helfer up top), David Bruckner, John Harrison, Rob Schrab and Tom Savini (below).