Creepshow Announced Three New Cast Members
Creepshow, the classic horror anthology, recently got itself a reboot. Spearheaded by The Walking Dead‘s Greg Nicotero, it should be a satisfying addition to the franchise. This week, according to Deadline, three new actors joined for an episode called “Grey Matter,” based on a Stephen King story. They are Adrienne Barbeau of the original Creepshow, Giancarlo Esposito of Better Call Saul, and Tobin Bell of Saw.
Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi are adapting the story to the script and showrunner Nicotero will direct the episode.
Craig Engler of Shudder also announced the news on Twitter
We're incredibly excited to have original Creepshow star @abarbeau be a part of the new @Shudder Creepshow TV series, and in an adaptation of one my personal favorite @StephenKing stories, "Gray Matter." With Greg Nicotero directing no less. https://t.co/piOeMjlsWQ
— Craig Engler (@craigengler) April 3, 2019
What is “Grey Matter”?
Stephen King first published “Grey Matter” in 1973 in the October issue of Cavalier magazine. Later he added it to his 1978 collection, Night Shift.
The story takes place in Bangor, Maine during a snowstorm. It is the same area as King’s novel Dreamcatcher and the same universe as It.
It begins with two older, local men in a convenience store, waiting out the storm. A boy enters – the son of a well-known recluse, Richie – terrified for his father. The men decide to brave the weather to check on Richie. What they find is something truly horrifying. What else can you expect from the mind of Stephen King?
“I feel I’m in great company getting the opportunity to direct a story written by Steve,” said Nicotero of directing the episode. “I’ve always found his stories rich in relatable characters forced into supernatural situations beyond their control – the everyday person’s primal fears. To visualize ‘Grey Matter’ for Creepshow with the help of Adrienne, Giancarlo and Tobin was about as good as it gets for a horror fan from Pittsburgh!”
The New Take on Creepshow
Barbeau said she was thrilled when Nicotero asked her to come on board for the new interpretation. She originally played Billie in the 1982 segment, “The Crate.” She described working with Bell, Esposito, and Nicotero as “the icing on the cake.”
Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill, are also involved in the production of the series. I think this means horror fans can rest easy (or not so easy) knowing they will be frightened by this all star team.
Shudder, who is producing the series, has also announced eight out of twelve of the segments. They are: “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill; “House of the Head” by Josh Malerman (also the author of Bird Box); “The Champion” by Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale, and Keith Lansdale; “The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman; “All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones; “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito; and “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab.