Creepshow’s greatest strength may lie in its ability to tell so many different types of stories. Episode three showcases this with two segments that differ in setting, characters, and tone. Arguably, it is the strongest episode of the second season.
“The Right Snuff” is the first science-fiction story of the second season. It is also the most serious. Creepshow does a great job of mixing humor with horror. The first part of the episode goes straight for the terror. It is a character study that follows two astronauts who have an encounter with a strange object. The show is not about fantastical elements or strange creatures. It focuses on pressure and identity. The episode is filled with tension and has a great ending. Creepshow rarely deals in more subtle horror and it works here perfectly.
The second segment is one of the best of the young season. “Sibling Rivalry” starts with a young student telling her guidance counselor how her brother is trying to kill her. The opening exchange is filled with laugh out loud moments. When it ends, some may be disappointed that the whole story was not told this way. This feeling does not last long as it leads into the story’s big revelation. The makeup effects here are great. The take on a familiar horror villain is one of the best seen and stands out for how frightening it is in a relatively lighthearted story.
The ending does feel rushed, however. The opening is great as is the twist, but both parts also take up the majority of Creepshow. The last few moments move at a rapid pace. It all makes sense in the context of the story and it keeps with the mood, but it is all just thrown out there. That being said, the character interactions early on are the most important part of the tale.
After three episodes, the second episode of Creepshow has lived up to expectations. The most recent edition was a great mix of sci-fi, high school story, atmosphere, and comedy. The episode also showed how adept the show is at different takes on horror. Fans of the show will definitely enjoy what the Creep has to offer.
Creepshow can be streamed on Shudder
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