It’s hard to believe that Season 2 of Creepshow is already over, though we can take solace in knowing that Shudder has already renewed it for a 3rd season. The last year has certainly been a rough one, and it was really cool of Shudder to release the animated special at Halloween, as well as a Christmas special to tide us over until this season arrived.
And when it did, it didn’t disappoint. Awesome directors like Rusty Cundieff (Chapelle’s Show, Tales From the Hood), Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, Mayhem), John Harrison (Tales From the Darkside), Axelle Carolyn (Tales of Halloween, The Haunting of Bly Manor), as well as Creepshow’s showrunner Greg Nicotero all brought their A-game to craft campy fun horror stories that went all out with practical gore.
So as Halfway to Halloween month comes to an end, we thought it would be fun to look back on Creepshow Season 2 and rank every episode!
9. Within the Walls of Madness
There’s a lot going on in this story, some of which works, some of which doesn’t. It creatively blends elements of The Thing with Lovecraftian horror. Overall it’s a fascinating premise that was hurt by the limitations of its 20 minute runtime.
A story like this very easily could have been a 90 minute movie, and trying to cram 3 story acts into the same time as a sitcom episode didn’t do it justice. Its twists and turns, and engrossing story deserve the full movie treatment.
8. Sibling Rivalry
Much like its main character, this story can be very manic and jumps around quite a bit. It has fun with the unreliable narrator trope, and definitely leans more towards comedy than horror. Molly Ringwald seems to be having a lot of fun, but the narrative itself can get exhausting with how much it jumps around.
And while it does boast amazing practical gore with the vampire reveal, it leaves us wishing the whole thing had featured it more.
Definitely the most bizarre and trippy of this season, “Pesticide” is by far the grossest (in a fun way), especially if you don’t like bugs. And the trio of great performances by Keith David, Ashley Laurence, and Josh McDermitt go a long way.
However, it gets a little lost in its final act. What starts as a “Tell Tale Heart” inspired story about guilt turns into a very strange fever dream that left many more confused than intrigued. It was a cool premise that just got a little lost in its execution.
6. Pipe Screams
This one is probably the runner up for grossest, and it will inspire you to immediately clean your bathroom after watching it. Story-wise, it’s pretty straightforward monster horror with some satisfying poetic justice at the end. It’s overly campy, but that’s very much the point.
Barbara Crampton goes all out as the “uber-Karen” and while it’s very much over the top, she’s clearly having a good time and steals the show, despite only being in two scenes. There’s nothing inherently wrong or bad about this one, it just gets a median rank because other ones were a bit more creative.
5. Dead and BreakfastHaving actually stayed at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River, MA, this one was a lot more fun and entertaining. Its comedy came from more of a dark sense of humor than overt jokes and it really tapped into the morbid fascination society has with murder and true crime.
The fact that a the real life murder and suicide that occurs there in modern day only drives up traffic and popularity is both a great punchline to a dark joke, and an uncomfortable mirror held up to fans of it.
4. Night of the Living Late Show
In this season’s longest episode, we get an invention that would be amazing in the hands of any horror fan. It’s really cool to see footage of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing interacting with Justin Long in a blending that for the most part, looks pretty good.
This is another concept that could very easily be its own feature length film. It’s easy to see how someone could get lost in this world at the expense of reality. In many ways it both celebrates horror fandom, but also cautions against losing grip with what’s real.
3. Model Kid
Sadly, many horror fans have often felt like outcasts, so it’s very easy to empathize with the main character and share in his grief as his mother passes and his abusive uncle tries to stamp the creative spark out of him. So when he manages to bring classic horror monsters to life to brutally kill his uncle, it’s all the more satisfying when his love of horror is what ultimately saved him.
2. The Right Snuff
The real winner of this one is its amazing production design that recreates a space environment similar to that of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Director Joe Lynch said that he specifically requested that the panels of the space station be the same vibrant orange that was very popular in the 1960’s.
The whole thing gives it a very retro sci-fi feel, as if it was a space movie released decades ago. It also manages to pull off one of the more clever twists from any episode thus far, and its ending really packs a proverbial punch!
1. Public Television of the Dead
Where to even begin with this one. Fake Bob Ross fighting deadites at a TV station that were summoned because Ted Raimi himself brought the Necronomicon is not a storyline anyone would immediately think of it.
But this insane premise turns out to be absurdly awesome, in that it gives us a mini Evil Dead movie that we didn’t even know we wanted. It boasts great action, gore, and a sense of humor that feels very at home for any fan of Evil Dead. It’s not just the best episode of this season, but might be the best one of the series thus far!
Which one is your favorite and least favorite? Let us know in the comments!
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