If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/24/19

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Phoebe’s Choice

I’m not sure how great the rest of the content is, but Shudder’s 2019 iteration of Creepshow has been a rock-solid rendition of the franchise. The 1982 movie was both Stephen King’s first original screenplay and an homage to Golden Age horror comic books like Tales from the Crypt & The Vault of Horror. In the stead of the legendary Crypt Keeper, this show has the Creep. The Creep is similar to the Keeper, in that he is a skeletal undead being in tattered robes prone to cackling maniacally, but the Creep never has any dialogue, so copyright intact, I guess? Each episode features two horror stories bookended by an appearance by the Creep that is somehow tangent to the tales.

Last week featured “The Companion” & “Lydia Layne’s Better Half.” In the first tale, a young boy named Harry was on the run from his bully of an older brother, Billy. Billy was determined to kick Harry’s ass once again, but the younger brother ducked into an abandoned property at night while being pursued. He pulled a cane out of a gruesome scarecrow, and the beast came to life. Double trouble! Deeper in the house, Harry found a corpse with a note by it. It was the former owner of the farm. After his wife died, he built the giant monster out of bones and a Valentine’s heart his wife had knit. At first he appreciated the company the Companion brought, after a Girl Scout was killed by the monster. The man knew they both must die. After impaling the scarecrow with his cane, he went inside to shoot himself. When Harry used the cane to defend himself, the beast relented, surrendering to whomever wielded it. Harry returned to his home then and sewed Billy to his bed. Lastly, he unleashed the Companion on Billy.

Next we watched as Lydia Lane gave away the big promotion to some other guy, not Celia her secret lover who had cultivated her position in the industry for years. Celia freaked out on Lydia, and a minor scuffle ensued. Celia fell over the couch backwards and impaled her skull on a crystal statue on the table. Dead. Pouring blood everywhere, dead. Lydia decided to try to sneak the body out of the building since everyone else had gone home for the night. Celia’s eyes kept opening, freaking Lydia out as she got her onto the elevator. Then an earthquake hit, stranding the couple in the elevator. The tension in the suspended metal box was like being in an emotional pressure cooker, with Celia’s corpse often opening eyes and eventually hissing Lydia’s name. We had a Tower of Terror freefall moment, but the cables didn’t totally snap yet. Firefighters were in the building and coming to rescue Lydia now. We saw that the crystal stabbed in Celia’s head was a “Woman of the Year” award. Getting the door partially open, Lydia tried to climb out. Celia came to life then and grabbed her hair while her head was still in the box. The cables snapped and Lydia was decapitated. The firemen found Celia in the bloody elevator car holding Lydia’s head in her hands. This show is so sick! Don’t sleep on it, especially this holiday season.

On tonight’s episodes, “Night of the Paw; Times Is Tough in Musky Holler,” a killer gets stranded in a funeral home with a mortician and his monkey paw; a former mayor and his followers who controlled a town through fear and intimidation get a taste of their own medicine.

Don’t miss the creep factor tonight on Shudder’s streaming network at 9/8c.

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