Creepshow: Animated Special – Review

Creepshow is back one last time (before season 2) and is just in time to be broadcast on Shudder for Halloween. An anthology horror series based on the 1982 movie of the same name, Creepshow brings back that style of horror that hasn’t been seen for years, inspired by the horror comics of the 1950’s to put a bit of gruesome glee back into your life.

This time around an animated special is coming to make your nightmares come true, bringing the art style of the comics to life and burst through your screen, just before it scares you to death.

The first in the animated special is based on a Stephen King short story entitled Survivor Type. A questionable doctor willing to do anything to survive when his plane crashes, leaving him stranded in the middle of nowhere. He’s left with nothing but a corpse, a medical kit and a few seagulls ready for the picking to satisfy our ‘hero’s’ hunger.

As expected, things get more desperate for the doctor as the audience starts to realise the extent of the doctor’s ethics. Resulting in a story that would make Bear Gryll’s stomach churn. Voiced by Kiefer Sutherland who gives a spectacularly grizzled and menacing performance, Survivor Type is a terrifically horrifying story which will delight fans of Sutherland as he chews the animated scenery and… other things.

Next is Twittering from The Circus of The Dead, a darkly comic story from Joe Hill (aww a family affair) about a teenager played by Joey King who goes on a family road trip – an adolescent girl’s worst nightmare.

She passes the time by tweeting to her small handful of followers and what with family trips becoming so tense, an unscheduled stop is soon in order as the family are enticed by the titular Circus of The Dead.

A different tone from Survivor Guilt, Twittering from The Circus of The Dead is a very funny and terrifying tale and wouldn’t be quite so funny if it weren’t for King’s performance. Hill’s story cleverly talks about the nature of social media, comparing it to a circus as it exposes our human nature for laughing at the absurd, but also manages to give the audience the right amount of scares alongside the social satire.

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