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‘Creepshow’ Season 3 Premiere: ‘Mums’/’Queen Bee’

A decent start for new and old fans.

Creepshow returns as a part of Shudder’s 61 Days of Halloween. The show has been one of the most popular on the horror streaming network. It has brought many new eyes to the channel and consistently sets new records. More importantly, it has added new and frightening moments to the franchise. Can the show continue to impress fans for a third straight season?

Season three kicks off with a story that is similar to how the first episode of the last season. “Mums” is about a young boy named Jack (Brayden Benson) who has a mean spirited father named Hank (Ethan Embry). Before long, the story turns into a revenge tale. The premise is a little too familiar, but there is a lot additional going on. There are subplots involving the past of Jack’s mother (Erin Beute) and an anti-government extremist group. Both seem like they may be interesting, but neither go anywhere. This is especially disappointing since not following up keeps things predictable.

There is nothing wrong with the episode. “Mums” includes some neat special effects and characters a viewer can really root against. But it lacks the hubris and camp that makes Creepshow so enjoyable. The story serves as a fine introduction to someone who is unfamiliar with the show, but will not stand out in any other way.

“Queen Bee” brings the campy quality that the first segment is lacking. A group of friends have found out their favorite singer Regina is staying at their local hospital. What else can her biggest fans do but break in and try to meet her. What they find will change their opinion of their queen. It will also give them a chance to prove just who the biggest fan really is.

The story is more indicative of Creepshow. It requires a healthy suspension of disbelief, has a ridiculous plot, and ends on a great visual. There are some more fun effects, with the twist being an especially gross moment. It also has the dark comedy that has always helped the show stand out. This episode will not go down in the annals of horror history, but it is a fine addition.

New episodes of Creepshow premiere on Shudder on Thursday.

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