“I literally texted every single actor I’ve ever worked with to find out what they’re up to,” Nicotero told us earlier this year. “I was like, ‘Come on, this is our chance to do what we always want to do, which is work with our friends, and it’s quick.’”
Now, in this exclusive behind the scenes look at the cast of Creepshow from Shudder, we can see the fruits of Nicotero’s texting labor. Give it a look below.
Nicotero opens the clip with an interesting take on the nature of acting in genre storytelling.
“It’s sad to think that there was a time in our history where genre material was considered lowbrow,” he says. “The way you could elevate it was by attaching some name talent to it. When Creepshow came out, the amazing thing about it was that there were recognizable names and very talented actors. That’s the exact same thing we wanted to continue.”
From there, the clip expands to include the insight of some of those names. They include Adrienne Barbeau (who also appeared in the original Creepshow), Tobin Bell (Saw), Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), David Arquette (Scream), DJ Qualls (Z Nation), Dana Gould (Stan Against Evil), and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator).
“I owe an enormous part of my career to the original Creepshow. To be able to come back to it now and especially to work with Greg Nicotero, makes it all worthwhile to get old,” Barbeau says in the clip.
Creepshow is broken up into six episodes with two horror stories taking place in each episode. Barbeau, Bell, and Esposito all star in “Gray Matter,” the first installment of the series, which is based on a Stephen King short story of the same name. The rest of those interviewed headline their own stories.
Creepshow premieres on Thursday, September 26 on streaming service Shudder.