Creepshow season 1, episode 2 recap: Bad Wolf Down/The Finger

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 19: Adrienne Barbeau spekas at the Creepshow Panel at Comic Con 2019 on July 19, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for AMC)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 19: Adrienne Barbeau spekas at the Creepshow Panel at Comic Con 2019 on July 19, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for AMC) /

Episode 2 of Shudder’s Creepshow features a werewolf behind enemy lines and an evolving, monstrous finger that cuts people down to size.

Like everything else artistic, the value of scary tales is subjective. However, there’s a good chance you’ll like at least a few stories in Shudder’s Creepshow. Much like the original anthology films, if you happen to not like one story (for whatever reason), they’ll soon hit you with another. If you don’t like any of them, it’s likely that horror’s just not right for you! In this recap, we won’t bother giving every single detail, but give a general overview of how the story works.

Bad Wolf Down

The first story here is called “Bad Wolf Down,” featuring American soldiers during WWII. Captain Talby (Dave MacDonald), Doc (Scott Mescudi), Rivers (Callan Wilson) and Quist (Nelson Bonilla) are being hounded by the sinister German, Reinhard (Jeffrey Combs), and find themselves outmanned and outgunned in an empty police station. Is the station empty, though? There are claw marks on the walls and a bloody corpse on the ground. Tension increases when Reinhard finds his only son slain, presumably by his enemies.

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Meanwhile, in the jail, Rivers is startled by a hand on his shoulder, then turns around and shoots. It turns out to be a French female civilian (Kate Freund). Talby sees canine prints in blood, indicating something beyond a regular attack. Being scummy, Quist wants to shoot her to finish the job. When they refuse, he locks them in the cell and flees, saying he can’t risk a bullet in the back. While in the cell with the mysterious woman, they are amazed to see her wounds heal. She explains that she has locked herself in, that she cannot die, and no one is safe from her. While they appear to be at a disadvantage, they come up with a plan that may help them all.

It’s a fairly straightforward tale, by no means confusing or full of layered meaning. In fact, just about everyone will know what kind of tale this is based on the title alone, which is fine. This marks the first time the Creepshow franchise has utilized this specific, well-known kind of monster.

The Finger

Somewhat more comedic in tone, “The Finger” is narrated by Clark (DJ Qualls), a down-on-his-luck guy with a self-professed “passion for found objects.” One day he finds an object unlike any other — a strange, grotesque, animal “finger” (or talon) of some kind. At first, he doesn’t know what it is. Is it an armadillo, a raccoon, a possum? His search comes to a dead-end, much like his unhappily divorced life appears to be. However, something happens with this finger that changes his life permanently. In fact, numerous things happen which may get him into trouble. Still, as the story progresses, the poor narrator seems to take a shine to his new possession, as it continues performing unsavory “tricks” for him.

His little pet, which he calls “Bob” seems destined for some Creepshow callbacks, being almost as memorable as “Fluffy” the crate monster, or possibly even The Creeper himself. It’s also cute how it finds a home in his freezer, and there’s certainly some mystery involved in its origins, or even in whether or not the thing is real. Could it be that Clark is imagining the whole thing?

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Well, Creepshow tends to keep its monsters real, but this could be a little examination of Clark’s fragile mind and a possible twist on the whole multiple personalities concept. In any case, it’s a worthwhile addition to the now-expanding Creepshow pantheon of monsters.  Also, when Bob brings home trophies, it’s reminiscent of house cats who proudly display slain animals for their humans.

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