It’s not the original, but it’s the Creepshow I have the fondest memories of!
Creepshow 2 (1987)
Directed By: Michael Gornick
Where to get it: IMAGE
Creepshow 2, wasn’t directed by George A. Romero, who directed the original. But he did write the screenplay and what you see is once again based off Stephen King stories to boot. For me, this was the Creepshow I remembered the best. There was a copy at the house and I watched it often growing up. I actually saw it before I ever got to see the original film. Over the years Anchor Bay had original put out both a regular DVD and a Special Edition Divimax version of the DVD. In September of 2011, Creepshow 2 made it’s way back on to DVD by way of Image and their Midnight Madness Series, along with a number of other horror classics. I figured that being the case, now was as good a time as any to once again take a look at this classic.
EC Comics-inspired weirdness returns with three tales. In the first, a wooden statue of a Native American comes to life…to exact vengeance on the murderer of his elderly owners. In the second, four teens are stranded on a raft on a lake with a blob that is hungry. And in the third, a hit and run woman is terrorized by the hitchhiker she accidentally killed…or did she really kill him? Also, this thing is sandwiched in between a pretty cool animated story, so it keeps very much in the same style as the original with a newer twist.
This time around Creepshow 2 is a much shorter film than the original film. Giving us just three stories, but they are three very good and memorable stories. I said in the my review for the original that I thought that film could have been one segment shorter. In this case, I believe it could have been a segment longer. For what it’s worth, more shorts were considered for the movie, but for one reason or another they never made their way to film or the movie. But with that being the case, the film still maintains the fun of the original. And the animated bumper story that runs throughout the film was somewhat trendy for it’s time and still cool to see today.
But as far as the stories go, Old Chief Wood’nhead starts us off. An elderly couple named Ray and Martha Spruce run a store that’s down on it’s luck near a Indian reservation. Ray (played by George Kennedy) also has an old wooden Indian outside the store and when some kids do the wrong thing, this Indian comes to life and turns things into a fun but silly slasher. We then head into perhaps the film’s biggest segment and most memorable, The Raft. Four teens looking for a good time end up trapped on a raft at a lake as some weird blob of gue floats in the water trying to consume them. It’s pretty edge of your seat stuff at times and hands down my favorite segment. The third and final short is, The Hitchhiker. It’s the weakest of the three, but it’s still pretty funny. A woman (played by Lois Chiles) hits a man on the road while driving back from cheating on her husband only to find he isn’t as dead she she assumed. The segment isn’t much, but it packs some awesome gore.
As you can tell already, this movie really could have used one more segment. That being the case, it’s still a lot of fun and never once does it get boring. While keeping with the same format as the original, it added a new late 80s twist to the Creepshow concept with the animation. We also get to see another cameo by Tom Savini as he is all dressed up as the “Creep” in the film, when the Creep is in none animation form. If you were alive in the 80s, or at least at an age you could remember the decade, you’ll get that decade’s vibe from the start of this one to it’s finish. And it’s that nostalgia feeling, tagged along with the gore and classic second story that makes this one very awesome to see. Even in the year 2011.
While most of you reading this will pick the original over this one, I can’t say I like part one better. As a matter of fact, I’d give them both the same score and give the slight nod to this one due to the fact I have more of a history with it. And I still can’t help but hold a soft spot for it today. And if you take nothing else from it, let it be your guide for what NOT to do when trying out-swim a water monster.
The Rating (8/10)