tories filmed weeks prior sit abandoned, covered in fake blood and gore — evidence of the sheer speed of production.)“We’re shooting so fast that when one of them is done, the guys just throw it on the floor in the room and grab the next one and run to set. So when you walk by our lock-up, everything is just thrown everywhere. There’s no time to even pick anything up,” Nicotero said. “The skin crawlers, the big bloody monster, they’re all on the ground. We finish shooting and it was soaked in blood and they just dropped it and it’s still sitting there, because you don’t even have five minutes to wipe the blood off. We’re moving that fast.”4. He hired big names to star.(Photo by Shudder)How did the little horror series for a streaming service wind up with genre heavyweights like Tricia Helfer, Adrienne Barbeau, Jeffrey Combs, and Bruce Davidson, plus other stars including Giancarlo Esposito, David Arquette, Kid Cudi, and Big Boi (yeah, Outkast’s Big Boi)?“I literally texted every single actor I’ve ever worked with to find out what they were up to and I was like, ‘Come on, let’s play, it’ll be fun,’” Nicotero said. One thing he could promise his pals: It’s quick. You come in, you shoot a couple of days, and you leave. So in that regard it’s been fun, but it’s also been insanely hard.”5. The scary stories include adaptations and originals.(Photo by Shudder)Adaptations include Stephen King’s “Gray Matter” (which kicks off the series), Joe Hill’s “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” Joe R. Lansdale’s “The Companion,” Josh Malerman’s “The House of the Head,” Christopher Buehlman’s “The Man in the Suitcase,” Bruce Jones’ “All Hallows Eve,” and John Skipp and Dori Miller’s “Times Is Tough in Musky Holler.”The original stories include “Lydia Layne’s Better Half” by John Harrison and Nicotero, “Skincrawlers” by Paul Dini and Stephen Langford, “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito, and “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab.Again, Nicotero hit up his friends to obtain the season’s best-known story: “I actually wrote Stephen King and said, ‘Can’t be Creepshow without a Stephen King story. What do you think?’ And he’s like, ‘I have just the story!’ Within 20 minutes, Stephen had two different stories that he had proposed,” Nicotero said, and once production began, it was clear “Gray Matter” was the right choice. “It was just cool that he said, ‘Yeah man, sure.’”6. It honors its roots.(Photo by Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection)While filmmaking techniques have advanced in the more than 35 years since the original, which was originally designed to pay tribute to mid-century horror comics, this Creepshow retains much of its look. That means intros and outros that use the familiar comic book motif.“Because of the comic book vibe with all the panels, I think Creepshow is a different experience. We are really embracing the split-screens and going through the panels. So it’s got that flair and flavor to it, which is great,” Nicotero said.And the crew — from prop makers to set decorators — are also reverent horror fans, and have filled the series with plenty of Easter Eggs. Gray Matter has “probably 30” nods to King’s work. An ash tray from the original film owned by one of Nicotero’s friends appears in every episode.“I want people to look and then they’ll watch it a couple more times,” he said of “Gray Matter.” “There’s a lot of little things. Comic books, the voodoo doll – I forget half of them because we’ve been shooting for seven weeks. I’ll probably go back and go, ‘Oh s , I forgot about that one!’ But it’s been fun because even the art department guys come and go, ‘Look, we made this!’ and I’m like ‘That’s great, I didn’t think about that!’ Even ‘The House of the Head,’ … it’s a really great psychological thriller about a little girl who comes home and her dollhouse is haunted. She goes to the store and she’s like, ‘I need help,’ and she goes to the store and gets a cop and puts the cop toy in and then the cop gets killed and she goes and gets an Indian. We did a little Chief Woodenhead from Creepshow 2 as the Indian. All that nerdy s where we’re doing it and I’m like, ‘No one’s ever going to notice this,’ and on set, half the crew is like, ‘Is that Chief Woodenhead?!’ I’m like, ‘How the f do you guys know that? This is great.’ So there’s a lot of that kind of stuff, and it’s been fun.”New episodes of Creepshow debut Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Shudder’s TV live-stream and On Demand.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.