Camp Goodness: Sickle's take on "Creepshow" Season 3

Creepshow Season 3 follows in the style of the previous Shudder Original series seasons, with an anthology approach of two stories per episode. This latest season has stories entailing vengeful plants, humanoid insects, a post-apocalyptic future overrun with demon possession, an animated episode with a town overrun by monsters, and more.

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Creepshow Season 3 Review

Efrit and I agree that Shudder has been on fire with its original content. The horror streaming service commits to a broad spectrum of horror content, from dark, artful tales to campy cult classics. And while Shudder has proven that they will curate some of the deeper, more brooding films that push the boundaries of traditional categorical horror, Shudder also knows that sometimes the everyday horror fan just wants some gruesome, campy fun. And that's where Creepshow comes in.

As we have reviewed for the past two seasons, the third season excels at its commitment to campy storytelling, whacky performances, and old school practical effects. So...since it's really not all-that different from seasons past, what is there to review? How 'bout comparing it to seasons past?

Despite our love for this series, season 2 had some hefty misses. In fact, it's the only season of the three in which both stories in a single episode felt like a letdown. Stories Dead & Breakfast and Pesticide didn't hit on the right notes and felt more imbalanced and disjointed than even the campiest of episodes. And the extended runtime of the Night of the Living Late Show finale didn't feel worthy of the extra minutes and began to drag despite the endearing performance of Justin Long. Season 3 didn't have such gaps in entertainment.

In fact, I would argue it didn't miss until the season finale's second story. It was a shame that the season would end on yet another low note in its Night of the Living Dead homage, but its designed slow pace and moody storytelling felt like a drag and letdown, especially following the Michael Rooker-led preceding story about a killer floating head demon thing? Well, it was a blast, I'll say that.

Despite the slight letdown, season 3 was a major success, even when trying new creative avenues. Episode 5 housed an animated story called The Things in Oakwood's Past. As soon as the story began, I questioned Creepshow's budget being able to tell an engaging story in an animated format. And while my suspicions were reasonably founded based on the framerate of the animation, the attention to detail in the monsters and storytelling made it far more enjoyable than I predicted. It proved me wrong, and proved to me that Shudder and Creepshow deserve a long leash when it comes to gambling creatively.

Shudder's Creepshow has been widely praised in the horror community, and rightfully so. The show boasts a ton of fun, and sometimes that's all you're looking for in a horror show or movie. Shudder has about reached that stage of "not capable of doing anything wrong" status. Even when it curates or creates something that doesn't strike my horror bone, it still has plenty of merit and proves that Shudder is willing to hold nothing back to achieve satisfaction from its patrons, which is more than you can say for almost any other streaming service. Where most streaming services feel like they're processing algorithms and focus groups to achieve cold numbers, Shudder feels like it's trying to tap into the heart of all sorts of horror fans to satisfy their longing for horror content. Shudder, and by extension its projects like Creepshow, make us feel special and heard. And that makes Shudder special.

Horror Rating System

Horror Qualifier: 10/10

Horror Quality: 8/10

Film Quality: 6/10

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