Directed by Michael Gornick
Written by George A. Romero & Stephen King
Cinematography by Richard Hart & Tom Hurwitz
Music by Les Reed & Rick Wakeman
Cast: Lois Chiles, George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour, Tom Savini & Stephen King
1987/89 mins/Color/2.0 DD
1.85:1/English/US/NTSC Region 1
Review from the Anchor Bay DVD
Even due to the fact that the first one was only a limited success, George A. Romero and Stephen King were back in '87 with another anthology of horror sketches. Unlike the first one where there was five, this time we get three stories. The film is separated by cartoon segments of a kid waiting for the latest issue of Creepshow comic book and his misadventure that will happen because of it.
The first story is "Ol' Chief WoodenHead", where well known actor George Kennedy and his wife played by Dorothy Lamour are an old couple owning a shop in a now abandoned town near some Indian territory in the desert. George feels like he owes a lot to this town and he likes to take care of his old Indian WoodHead statue. Even if they can't pay him back, George keeps loaning the local tribe with goods.
One day, the Indian chef pays a visit to George and gives him precious jewels for him to keep until the tribe can pay him back. When everything looks like it will get better, the chief's nephew invades the store along with his looser friends. They rob the place and end up killing the old couple. Old Chief WoodenHead becomes alive and plan on avenging the death of his owners.
The second story, "The Raft" takes four high school teens to an isolated river where they swim and smoke pot. As they reach a raft, a large and fast moving carnivorous glue resembling an oil slick gets to them and will literally eat them one by one! In this story the tension builds itself very good, it is by far the most effective story of the three. Look out for a very cool ending.
Finally, the last story "The Hitchhiker" follows Annie Lansing (Lois Chiles) who tries to get home before her husband does so he won't suspect that she has an affair. On her way home she hits a road worker but doesn't stop. What follows, is her hallucinations (or is it real?!) of the decaying and decomposing road worker's corpse following her and saying "Thanks for the ride, lady". Look for a cameo of Stephen King as a trucker.
While by no means a great film, CREEPSHOW 2 remains an interesting viewing every now and then. Anchor Bay did another good job with this DVD. The film is presented in a 1.85:1 ratio, the colors are nicely rendered. The 2.0 Doly Digital mono track sounds good but nothing exceptional.
Extra wise we get the theatrical trailer, a cool behind-the-scenes gallery that has some background music. The film is separated in 23 chapters and comes in a keep case along with an inlay card with the poster on one side and the chapter stops on the other. As for the menus they are really nice, they contains animations and sounds plus they are done in a cartoon way to make them look like a Creepshow comic book.
Thanks to Anchor Bay
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Review by Kim Dubuisson. All Right Reserved. 2003. ©