Tom Savini to direct an episode of Shudder’s Creepshow!
During an interview at the 2019 Monsterpalooza (via Collider), horror icon Tom Savini revealed that he will direct one of the twelve episodes of Shudder’s upcoming horror anthology series Creepshow. Savini will an episode based on Joe Hill’s short story “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain” which centers around two friends who unexpectedly finds a dead plesiosaur on the beach.
“I just directed an episode of the Creepshow television series. There’s 12 [stories] altogether – each show will have two episodes in it. Mine’s a combination of Stand By Me, The Fog, and Jurassic Park. It’s really something.” Savini said.
Savini is already no stranger to the Creepshow universe as he created the special effects for director George A. Romero’s original Creepshow film. Savini’s other iconic works includes Martin, Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th, Day of the Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
It was reported earlier this month that Adrienne Barbeau, who starred in the original 1982 film, has joined the cast along with Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul) and Tobin Bell (Saw) for the series’ first episode titled “Gray Matter,” based on the 1973 story by Stephen King.
The TV series will be an anthology of original stories, each made by a different director, with the series scheduled to kickoff on Shudder in 2019. Nicotero’s KNB EFX Group will create the creature and makeup effects on the show, which will be produced by The Cartel with Monster Agency Productions, Taurus Entertainment, and Striker Entertainment.
The original 1982 Creepshow was directed by George A. Romero from a screenplay by Stephen King that paid tribute to the EC horror comics (ala “Tales From the Crypt”) of the 1950’s. The film featured stars such as Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson and Ed Harris, and grossed $21 million at the box office. It was followed by a sequel in 1987, directed by the first film’s cinematographer Michael Gornick from a screenplay by Romero, once again based on short stories by King, grossing $14 million.