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Shudder Offers Gift of A Creepshow Holiday Special

Adam Pally and Anna Camp. Image credit Tina Rowden/Shudder

Creepshow is back (again)! The highlight of Shudder’s December announcement today came amidst a slew of titles that will see the season run red with bloody blades and holiday hellscapes that will surely have you crawling up your own chimney shouting ho-ho-holy sh*t.

The officially titled A Creepshow Holiday Special will be a full hour-long episode, different from the show’s usual two half-hour episode format, and will star Anna Camp (True Blood, Pitch Perfect) and Adam Pally (Most Likely to Murder, Happy Endings). The episode in question is titled “Shapeshifters Anonymous” and sees an anxiety-prone man seek out a support group for his “unique condition” after he suspects he may have committed a murder. What that could mean, I have no idea, but I sure as hell am intrigued. Following a fantastic animated Halloween special, I’m excited to see what Creepshow can do with an hour-long holiday-themed episode.

Just like with their Halloween special, Greg Nicotero will be directing this Creepshow special, this time based on a short story from J.A. Konrath. Nicotero in a statement said,

The Spirit of Christmas is alive and well in true Creepshow fashion. Reimagining how we look at the holidays and Santa Claus with an outrageous ensemble cast, a myriad of creepy crawlies and a few thrills and chills shouldn’t be missed.

The second season of Creepshow is now set to begin sometime in 2021 after production was rescheduled following coronavirus concerns in March, pushing filming into September. The second season is said to have guest appearances from Ali Larter, Barbara Crampton, Iman Benson, C. Thomas Howell, Ryan Kwantan, and Marilyn Manson among others. The series has also secured a season 3 script order back in June, according to Variety, while airing its first season on parent network AMC in late Spring.

close-up view of the creep from creepshow's corpse-like hooded face

Creepshow’s special along with a very special The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs, titled Joe Bob Saves Christmas on Dec. 11, are like icing on the gingerbread cookies to a month full of horror highlights. The bevy of seasonal offerings Shudder has available in December include Bob Clark’s 1974 classic Black Christmas, Finnish import Rare Exports, and 2017’s cat and mouse babysitter thriller Better Watch Out, all of which I’d personally recommend while we await toys or punishment from St. Nick and Krampus.

A Creepshow Holiday Special is set for a slay ride on December 18 exclusively on Shudder.

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Written by Sean Parker

Living just outside of Boston, Sean has always been facinated by what horror can tell us about contemporary society. He started writing music reviews for a local newspaper in his twenties and found a love for the art of thematic and symbolic analysis. Sean joined Horror Obsessive at it's inception, and is currently the site's Creative Director. He produces and edits the weekly Horror Obsessive podcast for the site as well as his interviews with guests. He has recently started his foray into feature film production as well, his credits include Alice Maio Mackay's Bad Girl Boogey, Michelle Iannantuono's Livescreamers, and Ricky Glore's upcoming Troma picture, Sweet Meats.

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