Just as soon as I get down about Creepshow I’m lifted back up again by another amazing collection of horror shorts! Episode 4 of Creepshow features spooky scarecrows, murder most foul, and visual elements that take your nostalgic love for the original Creepshow vibe and mold it into something freaky and fresh (not to mention another killer appearance from The Creeper). I’ve said it before, and I hope to say it again, This is the best episode of Creepshow.
” It’s shorts like this that remind you how fun it was to watch Tales From The Cryptkeeper while eating cereal Saturday mornings.”
Directed by David Bruckner (The Ritual), from a script by Matt Venne (The Exorcism of Molly Hartley) The Companion is the stuff of horror anthology legend. It’s so rare to see shorts that feel like entire features condensed down into bite-sized pieces, and watching The Companion is like biting into that first piece of Halloween candy. It’s everything you’ve been waiting for, and oh so sweet. While not strictly a “Halloween” story, it is so perfectly spooky that it’s likely going to be included in my 31 Days of Halloween Movie Marathon next year. It’s shorts like this that remind you how fun it was to watch Tales From The Cryptkeeper while eating cereal Saturday mornings. The less said about this one the better, unfortunately, but just now that you’re in for an amazing monster, another absolutely brilliant use of the Creepshow comic panel layout, and a one-two punch of cinematography and lighting for Burton and Bava fans alike.
Roxanne Benjamin’s debut feature, Body at Brighton Rock, pitted a woman against the elements as she waited for rescue teams to find her in one of America’s largest national parks. Lydia Layne’s Better Half similarly finds a woman battle for survival but the “elements” she’s up against make bears and strangers look like child’s play. Like a Hitchcockian suspense, Lydia (Tricia Helfer) is forced to a situation that may run her forever if she doesn’t find a way to keep it quiet. And like all Hitchcockian thrillers, it’s a perfect plan that’s running pretty smoothly until fate begins to pull at the strings, unraveling everything. Lydia Layne’s Better Half is a really small, really isolated story, that uses it’s space well. The room around Lydia bends and breaks as her mind crumbles and an everyday elevator becomes a nightmarish hellscape. Those touches are what give this closing segment it’s Creep-Factor, and it’s good ‘n creepy.
The Creepshow series stars David Arquette (Scream), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), Tobin Bell (Saw), Big Boi (Scream: The TV Series), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Kid Cudi (Drunk Parents), Bruce Davison (X-Men), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Dana Gould (Stan Against Evil), Tricia Helfer (Lucifer) and DJ Qualls (Supernatural).
Creepshow Episode 4, “The Companion / Lydia Layne’s Better Half” is available now on Shudder, with new episodes premiering live and on demand every Thursday at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. If you aren’t already subscribed to Shudder, take it from me, it is the one streaming platform your horror-obsessed brain needs during the Halloween season! Click HERE to read reviews for every episode of Creepshow currently available and let us know what you thought of this week’s episode over on Twitter, in the Nightmare on Film Street Subreddit, and on Facebook in the Horror Movie Fiend Club!