The series began streaming on the horror service Shudder on September 26, 2019. Each episode features at least one short story by popular horror authors, including Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Josh Malerman, among others. Tom Savini will be directing, and the series features actors from the first franchise, including Adrienne Barbeau.
Here is the official trailer.
Tropes present in this work:
- Abusive Parents: Richie from "Gray Matter" didnt start out as one, but after his wife died he became an alcoholic who neglected his son. He then proceeds to take the trope Up to Eleven after he begins mutating into a Blob Monster.
- Adaptational Heroism/Adaptational Villainy: Occurs with "All Hallows Eve".
- In the original comic story, Skeeter is killed when a group of kids leave what is implied to a flaming bag of poop on the doorstep which accidentally burns down the house with the boy inside it. In revenge, the boy's ghost along with his friends murder the kids responsible. In the final scene the friends burn alive a very young kid who just tagged along. In the television episode, a group of teenagers burn down a treehouse knowing that the group of friends are inside it killing everyone inside. The final scene involves the ghosts getting their revenge on someone who's very much an Asshole Victim as opposed to the little kid in the original story.
- Age Lift: In the original short story "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain" the main characters are two young kids. In the 'Creepshow' episode they're much older teenagers.
- The Alcoholic: Richie from "Gray Matter" became one of these after the death of his wife, leading to him neglecting his son and making him get him a box of beer after school every day. Things get even worse when he drinks a tainted beer can that turns him into a Blob Monster with an insatiable appetite for humans.
- Bedsheet Ghost: Skeeter appears as one in "All Hallows Eve".
- Body Horror: In the trailer, we briefly see a heavily desiccated undead being, and some slimy, vaguely humanoid thing with an enormous, deformed mouth.
- The latter being is Richie from "Gray Matter", an alcoholic who slowly mutates into a horrific Blob Monster after drinking a tainted beer can.
- Blob Monster: Richie from "Gray Matter" slowly mutates into one, gaining a sensitivity to light and an insatiable appetite, at first for warm beer and then pets. By the end, he's moved on to humans, and it turns out he can multiply into more Blob Monsters, with the implication that he will wipe out the human race.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: A group of friends discover that hurting a man trapped inside a suitcase will cause him to vomit gold coins. They proceed to torture him in a get-rich scheme.
- Deliberately Monochrome: Some parts of the trailer are black-and-white footage, which appears to come from WW2-era Nazi archives in-universe. There's also a "real-time" shot of a facepainted gang at night-time, which is so desaturated that the only color comes from the leader's lighter.
- Eye Scream: In the trailer we briefly see a (presumably) dead body with a gaping hole in his eye socket.
- Horror Host: The Creep from the original films serves as the host.
- Malevolent Masked Men: The trailer shows a group of creepy and clearly malevolent men, though instead of wearing masks they use KISS-style black-and-white face paint to obscure their faces.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: The severed head from "The House of the Head".
- Police are Useless: Subverted by Chief Connors in "Gray Matter", who stays in town during a hurricane to prevent looting and attend to people who may need help. When he learns Richie has been neglecting his son Timmy and sent him out into the storm to get beer, he immediately goes to arrest him. However, Connors didnt account for Richie having turned into a Blob Monster who feeds on humans, and is taken out easily.
- Space Whale Aesop: The moral of "Gray Matter" is that you shouldnt be an alcoholic, or else youll turn into a Blob Monster that will destroy the world.
- The Voiceless: Played with. The Creep never speaks (we sometimes hear his laughter) but we see dialogue from him on the comic pages that pop up.
- Was Once a Man: The fate of Richie in "Gray Matter", who goes from a man into a Blob Monster Immune to Bullets that has a taste for humans and will likely destroy the world.