Shudder’s first ongoing original series, ‘Creepshow’, spearheaded by ‘The Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero has enlisted four stars — David Arquette, Dana Gould, and Tricia Helfer. In addition, it was announced that Tom Savini would direct one episode. Savini appeared as “The Creep,” the host of the anthology movie ‘Creepshow 2’ released in 1987, after having appeared as a garbage man in 1982’s original ‘Creepshow’, and has provided special makeup effects. ‘Creepshow’ was written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero.
“There wouldn’t be a Creepshow without Tom Savini. His mark on the horror industry and unflinching approach to special effects make-up did more for the genre than anything since the invention of fake blood. Tom has always been a visionary and his love of cinema and making movies is felt in every frame of his episode. I’m honored to have my friend as a big part of the team.”
For his part, Savini stated:
“Having done all the creepy, monstrous, gory effects in the original movie, I am indescribably overjoyed to come full circle now directing an episode of this Creepshow series.”
“Part of what makes Creepshow fun is getting a chance to work with some terrific actors who also love the genre. It adds that level of excitement when we get to share our collective love for horror in this fashion. David and I have worked together before and Dana Gould might be my equal in terms of all things horror. Then bring Tricia into the mix and Creepshow just shines. Getting to watch her exude power, grace and intensity in a story I wrote can’t be matched.”
David Arquette will star in the ‘Creepshow’ segment “Times Is Tough in Musky Holler,” to be directed by John Harrison and written by John Skipp and Dori Miller, based on their short story of the same name.
“Leaders who once controlled a town through fear and intimidation get a taste of their own medicine.”
Arquette may best be known for playing bumbling lawman Dewey in the ‘Scream’ franchise and for marrying his co-star Courtney Cox. More recently, he voiced Skully on ‘Jake and the Neverland Pirates’, and appeared as Captain Barnabus on Amazon’s ‘Sigmund and the Sea Monsters’.
Gould is more active as a voice actor and producer, on shows like “The Simpsons’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’. Among his live-action credits are ‘I’m Dying Up Here’, and ‘Mob City’.
He will appear in the short “Skin Crawlers,” directed by Roxanne Benjamin, written by Paul Dini and Stephen Langford.
“A man considers a miraculous new treatment for weight loss that turns out to have unexpected complications.”
Finally, Helfer’s segment is named “Lydia Layne’s Better Half,” and will also be directed by Benjamin, and written by John Harrison, based on a story by Harrison and Nicotero.
“A powerful woman denies a promotion to her protégée and lover but fails to anticipate the fallout.”
Helfer most recently appeared as Charlotte on ‘Lucifer’, and previously played Dracula on ‘Van Helsing’, and Caprica on ‘Battlestar Galactica’. Like Arquette, she also lent her voice to ‘TRON: Uprising’.
It was previously announced that Nicotero would direct an episode based on the King story “Gray Matter,” written by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi. Additionally, ‘Creepshow’ will feature adaptations of “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill, “The Companion” by Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale & Keith Lansdale, “The House of the Head” by Josh Malerman, “The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman and “All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones, along with the original stories “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito and “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab. These vignettes will be combined into a total of six episodes.
‘Creepshow’ will also feature performances from Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tobin Bell. It is expected to be released later this year.