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‘A Creepshow Holiday Special’ review: Fun take on Santa makes for action packed Christmas story

Santa Claus is coming to town.

A Creepshow Holiday Special is an hour long special starring Adam Pally and Anna Camp in an episode called “Shapeshifters Anonymous”. Pally plays Robert Weston, a man who fears he is a serial killer. Weston decides to join a group called Shapeshifters Anonymous. As it turns out, the group has a centuries old tie to an assassin familiar to children around the world.

Horror is one of the most popular genres of the season. Not only are they scary, but they bring a sense of fun. The best ones turn the holidays on their heads without losing their jolly meaning. “Shapeshifters Anonymous” is no different. That being said, the show definitely leans into its comedic tendencies. More action than horror, the episode is constantly throwing out jokes. Some land better than others, but it is an overall funny story.

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Things quickly become over the top. This is not entirely unexpected, but the story it tells is ridiculous fun. The play on “Santa Claus” is a fun one that is reminiscent of Futurama in the best way. The special effects never rise above television special effects. This is not a bad thing, but those expecting amazing transformation scenes will be disappointed. The ending is a little anticlimactic, also. However, this seems to have been done intentionally to add to the Christmas spirit of the show.

The character of Phyllis (Candy McLellan) will bring out differing emotions from viewers. The twist ending is a nice one and the character is a nice addition. It is also refreshing to see someone who is secure and comfortable in their skin. Some may question a Black woman choosing the animal she wants to be. The body positivity is what “Shapeshifters Anonymous” is pushing, but those who lurk in the corners of elitist finger wagging will find fault with the character.

A Creepshow Holiday Special is a welcome addition to any holiday horror list. The fun performances and fast paced action make for a breezy 45 minutes. The episode has a lot going on as it has elements of a romantic comedy, action, horror, and Christmas story. Ultimately, it never takes things too seriously and ties things up with a nice Christmas bow.


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