Creepshow’s triumphant return for Season 3 brings an amplified dose of gore, exhilarating fun, and spine-chilling monsters. This season elevates the creature features to new heights, promising an intensified thrill ride for the audience. Here at Grimoire of Horror, we have ranked our top three episodes of the season! 

#1 The Last Tsubaraya


The Last Tsubaraya is a macabre slice of art and horror that traverses the cavernous depths of those with unlimited disposable income and the depraved actions that can be enacted with the power it gives them. A young man, Bobby, falls into possession of the last piece of artwork renowned historical artist Tsubaraya created as he discovers he is the last living descendant of the artist. This piece of art is shrouded in mystery and notoriety as since its creation it was locked away from the eyes of humanity. Art collector Cruise is desperate to get his hands on the infamous painting and throws an unimaginable price at Bobby of $20 million, which he is coerced into accepting. What follows is a portrayal of Cruise’s hubris and the consequences he is reckoned with as he tries to play God with the last piece of Tsubaraya’s art.

Director Jeffrey F. January, along with writers Paul Dini and Stephen Langford, infuse the episode with a captivating monster and poignant social commentary. Themes of wealth’s dereliction of humility resonate in a world where billionaires shape exclusive experiences, mirroring both contemporary times and art-world legends. The Last Tsubaraya stands as a thought-provoking addition to Creepshow, successfully blending horror, artistry, and societal critique in a macabre and visually compelling narrative.

#2 Familiar 

In Familiar, directed by Joe Lynch and penned by Josh Malerman, a gripping narrative unfolds after a drunken visit to a psychic leaves Jackson, played by Andrew Bachelor, haunted by a malevolent force. Starring Hannah Fierman and Keith Arthur Bolden, the episode takes unexpected turns, delivering a dark and genuinely scary treat. The storyline, described as serious and ominous in Shudder’s synopsis, lives up to expectations, offering real scares and unforeseen twists.

Lynch’s direction adds a 1970s vibe to the episode, creating an atmosphere that feels both nostalgic and chilling. The inclusion of an occult ritual, presented through still comic segments and live-action shots, further enhances the foreboding tone. While the injection of humour might feel slightly forced, it serves as a necessary balance to prevent the atmosphere from becoming overwhelmingly dark.

Familiar stands out in the Creepshow series, showcasing Lynch’s directorial prowess and Malerman’s storytelling finesse. The episode successfully captures the essence of Creepshow, providing a satisfying blend of horror, suspense, and unexpected narrative elements. 

#3 Skeletons in the Closet

Creepshow’s installment, Skeletons in the Closet, directed by showrunner Greg Nicotero and John Esposito, is a delightful blend of horror, humour, and self-aware silliness. Victor Rivera shines as Lampini, the zealous museum owner navigates shady dealings with horror props. Teaming up with his girlfriend Danielle, portrayed by Valerie Leblanc, they face off against James Remar’s Bateman, a rival collector accusing them of grave robbery.

The episode cleverly embraces cinematic references with endless easter eggs and nods to classics like Phantasm and Psycho, skilfully balancing homage with a fresh and endearing approach.

Nicotero’s direction and Esposito’s storytelling create a unique atmosphere, allowing the audience to revel in the absurdity. The self-awareness of the episode, evident in its humorous dialogue filled with movie references, sets it apart. “Skeletons in the Closet” is a standout, proving that, even in the realm of the macabre, a touch of humour and a nod to horror history can make for an immensely entertaining viewing experience.

Creepshow Season 3 is available to purchase on DVD now

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