Creepshow Season 3, episode 2 recap: Skeletons in the Closet / Pet
In Horror show Season 3, Episode 2, we get two terrifying new stories. The first story is “Skeletons in the Closet”, by Greg Nicotero and John Esposito. Part 2, “Familiar”, is written by Josh Malerman (Bird box).
The first story focuses on a horror enthusiast obsessed with collecting iconic props from all classic movies, horror and beyond. Fittingly, this episode is full of horror Easter eggs. However, I think this is one of the lowest payouts of all Horror show episodes we have.
Lampini (Victor Rivera) conducts a
Chamber of Horrors Museum. Most of the pieces he pulls from auctions or from his father, who shares his passion. He proudly tells whoever wants to listen to how his father had the “magical” gift of bringing his accessories to life.
Alongside his girlfriend Danielle (Valérie LeBlanc), Lampini has planned a new special exhibition and can’t wait to show it to the general public. But before he can open, Lampini receives a visit from his nemesis, Bateman (James Remar). Bateman regularly outbids Lampini at auction and often gets the most wanted items before he gets a chance. Bateman further bolsters their rivalry by taking a peek at Lampini’s new exhibit, opening the curtain the day before it opens on an after-hours visit.
Behind the velvet curtains hides a collection of real original skeletons used from movies like Fighting spirit and The Raiders of the Lost Ark. That would be awesome for any die-hard horror fan. It’s a specific skeleton that puzzles Bateman as he believes Lampini stole the remains of a grave.
Insulted on behalf of her boyfriend, Danielle attacks Bateman with her accessory boot courtesy of From Russia with love. She slits her throat with Rosa Klebb’s shoe (the one with a knife hidden in her toe). Bateman being dead, Lampini and Danielle act quickly. They skin him and use an acid bath to clean the meat from his bones, prepping his skeleton as a last-minute addition to Lampini’s spooky new exhibit.
It’s only when Bateman’s skeleton is officially added to the collection that Danielle asks Lampini about this little accusation of grave looting (a little too late for that, don’t you think, Danielle?). Lampini admits he hired his co-worker, Burke (Lucas Godfrey), to do it. Danielle panics that her boyfriend has desecrated a grave. Then he makes matters even worse by revealing that one of the skeletons is his father’s. “He donated his body to science… fiction.
A horrified Danielle is going to shower all of Bateman’s blood and guts and seriously reconsider the status of their relationship. While Danielle is in the shower, Bateman’s skeleton comes to life. I guess Lampini has his dad’s magic touch after all! Bateman brutally murders Burke with one of the sentinel spheres of Fantasy. Then he goes after Danielle, stabbing her to death in the shower in an ode to psychopath.
Along with all the other deaths, Bateman’s skeleton sets its sights on Lampini. Before he can slaughter him, Lampini’s father’s skeleton comes to life and decapitates Bateman after an epic skeleton duel.
“Skeletons in the Closet” ends with Lampini proudly opening his new exhibition with great fanfare. His latest addition is not Bateman, but Danielle, that he smoochs with a coarse and to the fullest wrap; he Is have the magic touch to bring accessories to life …
Creepshow Season 3, episode 2 recap: Familiar
Andrew Bachelor (better known as “King Bach”) stars in this story segment of Horror show Season 3, Episode 2. An episode written by Bird box author Josh Malerman I have to say this is one of the best episodes of Horror show, although the story from the Season 3 premiere, “Queen Bee,” is still my favorite of the season so far.
This story begins with Jack, a lawyer (Bachelor) and his artist girlfriend Fawn (Hannah Fierman) getting a little too drunk and visiting a local psychic for some fun. The psychic, Mr. Boone (Keith Arthur Bolden), tells them the usual psychic stuff, nothing too unusual. It’s the note he slips to Jack under the table that is really interesting. It reads: “Something bad is following you. Jack is understandably afraid of this.
He begins to see a terrifying red-eyed demon with long claws everywhere he turns, hiding in the shadows and stalking his every move. Again, the props and monster creations in this show are always noteworthy; this creature is one of my favorites.
At first, Jack attributes the sightings to a hallucination. He even tries to tell Fawn what he saw, but she doesn’t believe him, although she offers him a handmade lamb figurine as a consolation. It’s only when Jack is at the desk and the demon rearranges his chairs in a pile above his desk and begins to prowl the room, leaving hoof prints on the mat, as Jack realizes he’s over his head.
Desperate to get rid of this thing, Jack returns to Mr. Boone and learns that the creature haunting him is his familiar. The only way to make it go away is if it follows a specific ritual: draw a sacred circle on the ground (I love the way Boone tells him to “Google it”), fill it with “innocence bait” , then trap the creature in a crate. Once trapped, Jack would have to take the container to the city’s deepest lake and drown it.
With no other option, Jack gives Mr. Boone’s advice a chance. The medium gives him a necklace that his sister made to use as “innocence bait,” which essentially means an object with no part of negative energy, something pure. With the trap rigged, all Jack has to do is wait for his familiar to snatch the bait from him.
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The problem is, when the familiar bites the hook and the crate snaps to trap it, the familiar begins to make noises as if it were in fact Fawn’s dog, Rudolph. Since Jack hadn’t watched this happen, he’s unsure if this is Rudolph or if he managed to trap the familiar. Not wanting to risk killing his girlfriend’s dog, Jack lifts the contraption to check and the familiar escapes with the bait.
Jack tries again later using the lamb Fawn gave him, and the same happens the second Jack falls asleep. This time, Jack has set up a camera to film the trap in case he gets distracted when it goes off. Unfortunately, the camera freezes at the exact moment the crate falls. Jack knows it’s not Rudolph because he’s in the room with Jack, but everything in the crate looks like Fawn is screaming for Jack’s help.
Is it Fawn, or is the familiar still playing a trick on him? Jack tries to call Fawn to see if she’ll pick up her phone, but she doesn’t answer. He assumes the familiar is just playing games with him and takes him to the lake, drowning everything inside.
But when he returns home, Jack finds his familiar waiting for him with the Lamb, now with a dead and monstrous version of Fawn. Looks like Jack not only killed his girlfriend, but is now stuck with his familiar for good.
This creepy version of Fawn stumbles towards him and hugs him, “I believe you now.” Sip.
New episodes of Horror show Season 3 airs Thursdays on Shudder.