REVIEW: A 2020 Creepshow Holiday Special – Campy Fun Topped with Buckets of Gore

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Creepshow Holiday Special Review

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Frank Nicotero as Andy, Derek Russo as Ryan, Candy McLellan as Phyllis, Pete Burris as Scott, Anna Camp as Irena, Adam Pally as Weston – Creepshow _ Season 2, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/Shudder

If you’ve ever wanted to see a therianthrope in the form of a talking tortoise doing his best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle meets Power Rangers fight stance just before getting punched in the face by a demon minion of Kris Kringle, A Creepshow Holiday Special is definitely for you!

The holiday special was written and directed by Creepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero and based on a short story by J.A. Konrath. Robert Westin (Adam Pally of The Mindy Project fame, although he will always be Max from Happy Endings to me) has been a bad bad boy: He has strong reasons to suspect that he is the werewolf who has been devouring townspeople during the full moon. The episode opens with Robert trying to gain access to Shapeshifters Anonymous, a rag-tag group of therianthropes who take various forms, from boars, turtles, a mysterious unknown and, oh yea, the resident human furry who believes in her inner hippopotamus. The story only gets funnier, creepier and weirder from here.

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What to expect in this Creepshow Holiday Special?

The episode is fast paced, dealing with the character’s therianthrope back stories, sexual preferences and challenges faced by the group with a lot of early expository dialogue. The viewer is fully up to speed by the time the threat, and the horror, enter the episode: Evil Kris Kringle helpers (a.k.a. MALL SANTAS!). What happens from there is creepy, campy, intentionally cheesy, and just a dash touching (if you don’t mind a blood-soaked touch). A Creepshow Holiday Special hits all the right notes for horror fans, holiday movie enthusiasts and Creepshow followers alike.

The legendary work of Greg Nicotero, and the apparently generous budget for Creepshow, does not disappoint. Sound editing is crisp, buckets of blood and guts look just right, you’ll recognize actors besides leads Camp and Pally, and the musical score really sets the whole episode to the next level. This hour whizzes by like evil Santa on a sleigh but with a story that feels both complete and completely batshit (and cheetah shit, and turtle shit, and wolf shit).

A Creepshow Holiday Special (2020) is available on the Shudder App from December 18th, 2020.

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Derek Russo as Ryan, Anna Camp as Irena, Adam Pally as Weston – Creepshow _ Season 2, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/Shudder

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