While I won’t get into all of the specifics as to why I enjoy this storytelling format particularly, I am comfortable admitting that the constantly shifting narratives – along with a never-ending supply of qualified guest stars – just makes it so damn easy to sit back, relax, put all of your everyday troubles on pause, and decompress. I’m not required to keep up with the characters – mostly because they’re changing with each successive installment anyway – and I’m not invested in any long-form elements that perhaps demand my undivided attention to the details. Simply put, I’m entertained … and since when is it a crime for any franchise to show up, do its job, and get out of the way?
However, I’m no member of whatever particular streaming platform that grants me access to the latest incarnation of Creepshow in its freshest run. Instead, I get to go ‘old school’ on this program, picking up the latest and greatest DVD release so that I can take it in entirely at my leisure. That fact alone might honestly raise my opinion of it to be as high as it is – I’m downright gaga with some of it and just happy with the rest – but I’ve rarely had as much fun with such visual trickery as I’ve had with Season 3. It’s just good, bloody fun – well, some bloodier than others – and that brings a smile to this ol’ face.
(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last few paragraphs for the final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)
From the product packaging:
“Creepshow, the anthology series based on the 1982 Horror Comedy classic, is still the most fun you’ll ever have being scared! A comic book comes to life in a series of vignettes, exploring terrors ranging from murder, creatures, monsters, and delusions to the supernatural and unexplainable. You never know what will be on the next page …”
At this point, I’m not going to trouble readers with any more specifics concerning my delight with Creepshow: Season 3. I’ve waded through the first half of this season – it’s a quick and easy watch, but I’m likely gonna rewatch a few of them to try to come up with a bit more analysis of them – and the show continues to impress from my first exposure with Season 2. (Yes, yes, yes: I’ll be going back to the well, at some point, to purchase Season 1 because there’s no way I’m gonna pass up having a bit more fun with all of it.)
But what I will be doing in the days ahead is crafting some individual episode reviews for the franchise’s better installments from the season. There’s one in particular I’ll likely avoid – the story requires some political leanings that I don’t quite agree with nor support – but, otherwise, these are some nice gems that make for pure escapism … the time of thing both movie houses and TV networks used to be thrilled to provide but have since kinda/sorta moved on into what they feel is more … erm … impactful storytelling. I guess we ‘regular Joes’ just aren’t the sought demographic these days, and that’s a shame because Creepshow continues to tickle the wicked fancy in just the right ways. It’s a pleasure – maybe a guilty pleasure – and it deserves to be seen by the widest audience possible.
Yes, it’s that good.
So – as they say – watch this space (meaning SciFiHistory.Net’s MainPage), and the reviews will be up very, very soon.
Creepshow: Season 3 (2021) was produced by Shudder, The Cartel, Monster Agency Productions, and a few other participants. (A complete list is available on IMDB.com.) DVD distribution (for this particular release) is being coordinated by the good people at Shudder and RLJE Films. As for the technical specifications? Though I’m no trained video expert, I found the sights and sounds for this season to be extremely high quality. Lastly, if you’re looking for special features, the Season 3 packaging boasts the show’s Comic-Con panel, some behind-the-scenes footage, some behind-the-scenes photographs, and an included comic art booklet. It’s a nice collection – could be better – but nice enough.
Apologies, folks, as I’m a bit late in getting to this release (COVID, my birthday, and the holidays have taken a toll on my schedule), but I’ve had nothing but fun in viewing the first half of Creepshow: Season 3. Granted, not each and every story I’ve watched thus far are homeruns – one’s a bit politically-themed, and I usually detest when politics are used to deliberate craft a story – but the cast and crew continue to prove why maybe – just maybe – more production houses ought to invest in some equally high-quality anthology. It’s just great brain candy – never meant to be taken all that seriously – and meant to be digested in fun and fright.
In the interests of fairness, I’m pleased to disclose that the fine folks at Shudder provided me a complimentary Blu-ray of Creepshow: Season 3 by request for the expressed purposes of completing this review; and their contribution to me in no way, shape, or form influenced my opinion of it.