(Blu-Ray Review) CREEPSHOW Season One

What a great time it is to be a horror fan when I can sit here and prepare myself to talk to you about the return of a classic horror franchise – made famous by the brilliant horror minds of George Romero, Stephen King, and Tom Savini. There is no question in any genre fans mind that Romero’s film is a classic – horror gold – the best of the best and it’s very exciting to have Greg Nicotero at a point in his career when he can breathe new life into the franchise and bring us a full season – 12 episodes – of fantastic Creepshow fun.

This was not an easy thing for Nicotero to accomplish – to say that Creepshow is beloved would be a monumental understatement – and the last thing he would want to do is fumble the ball – and I’m happy to report, not only did he not fumble it – he picked that ball up and ran it 90 yards for a touchdown.

I love this premiere season of what I hope will be many, many seasons to come – I loved it when it hit Shudder but I have to say – for whatever reason – I love it even more on physical media. Some of that is the packaging – sure – and we’ll discuss that at length here in a bit but – that is only part of it. Not sure what it is – maybe I’ll figure it out as I type this.

The premise is simple – and sticks to what made the Romero film so damn good – fun tales, great FX and plenty of gore.

This blu-ray collection comes as a three-disc set – two of those discs loaded with the 12 half hour-long episodes – the third disc crammed full of a special feature documentary titled Creepshow Resurrected. That third disc alone is worth the price of admission but – it’s all good – so very good.

With 12 episodes to watch through – there is bound to be some that are better than others – and that is certainly the case with this collection but overall – there is something here for everyone.

Nicotero sticks with the same classic animation style openings and wrap around’s as the film this series pays tribute to – a welcome homage that will bring a smile to the faces of long time fans like myself – and the tales that these six episodes (2 tales per episode) that showrunner Nicotero have rounded up run the gamut from atmospheric creepy to balls-out creature feature gore fests – and they are told to us via a who’s who of horror royalty – featuring tales written by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, John Skipp, and Josh Malerman. And that just names a mere handful of the writing talent on board. Director wise we get Greg Nicotero for a few segments – John Harrison for a bunch – Rob Schrab for one episode – David Bruckner for an episode – Roxanne Benjamin and of course Tom Savini.

Every director brings their own unique style to their segments and I really enjoyed each and every one of them but House Of The Head and By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain stood out from the pack in my opinion – I’m sure you all will have your own thoughts but – do yourself a favor and take the time to settle in for an evening and give this collection a try.

From a packaging point of view – I love the glow in the dark packaging and the set comes complete with a little comic book inside that is just plain fantastic. I love that kind of stuff.

Special features are another huge part of why you’ll want to own this one. Each episode comes with its own commentary track – almost all of them put together and hosted by the always amazing Michael Felsher – have long enjoyed the man’s work. Check out this line up:

Disc One

  • E1Audio Commentary featuring Greg Nicotero & co-writer Philip de Blasi for Gray Matter – Director John Harrison with Michael Felsher for The House of the Head
  • E2 Audio Commentary featuring Michael Felsher and Rob Schrab for Bad Wolf Down – Greg Nicotero with writer David J. Schow 
  • E3 The Man In The Suitcase Audio Commentary featuring Michael Felsher with John Harrison for All Hallow’s Eve – Michael Felsher with David Bruckner for The Man in the Suitcase

Disc Two

  • E4 Audio Commentary featuring David Bruckner with Matt Venne for The Companion – Roxanne Benjamin with Greg Nicotero for Lydia Layne’s Better Half 
  • E5 Audio Commentary #1 featuring Michael Felsher with John Harrison for Night of the Paw & Times is Tough in Musky Holler 
  • E5 Audio Commentary #2 featuring Michael Felsher with John Esposito for Night of the Paw – Michael Felsher with co-writer John Skipp for times is Tough in Musky Holler 
  • E6 Audio Commentary featuring Greg Nicotero, Roxanne Benjamin, Dana Gould for Skincrawlers – Michael Felsher with Director Tom Savini for By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain

Seriously – there is some must hear stuff of those commentary tracks – do not miss them.

As I mentioned previously – the third disc is home to an amazing six-segment behind the scenes look at the series titled CREEPSHOW RESURRECTED and it features an in-depth look at the episodes, many with photo galleries, interviews and FX segments. A great look at what all went into bringing this whole thing together.

Put it all together and you’ve got a 3 disc set that every horror fan needs to make room for on their shelf.

Dave Dreher
Co-Founder / Lead News Reporter at Gruesome Magazine
Dave is co-founder and lead news reporter for Gruesome. Dave has built his resume working for Diabolique Magazine, The Horror Channel, Horrornews.net, House of Horrors and Creature Corner. He has worked with Tom Savini on his official site since 1997 and is also co-host of the popular podcast Horror News Radio.