Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Creepshow 2 (1987)

George Romero and Stephen King return with three more terrifying tales to keep you up at night! Well... Sort of... Although they are based on more of King's short stories and adapted into a screenplay by Romero, this second collection is headed by George Romero collaborator Michael Gornick, director of photography for DAY OF THE DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD, and the original CREEPSHOW. Their work in the past unfortunately hasn't rubbed off well on Gornick, who turns out a routine shocker that would have been better suited for television. In the first story, three would-be thieves are stopped by a vengeful wooden Indian in "Old Chief Wood'nhead." Four friends face off against a carnivorous oil slick when they board "The Raft." Finally, a woman pays for deadly her hit-and-run accident when the corpse of "The Hitchhiker" returns to torment her! The first and third tales are, again, routine revenge stories with a splash of blood and a touch of the supernatural. Outside of character actor George Kennedy, the performances are rather goofy in "Old Chief Wood'nhead," with moderate effects used to bring the Chief to life. "The Raft" tends to be the most memorable, a veritable BLOB on a budget that offers several surprising moments. "The Hitchhiker" is, by far, the most horrific of the three, mainly thanks to the gruesome costume designs by Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger. While it is nowhere near as witty and fun as the original, CREEPSHOW 2 is still a worthwhile sequel for genre fans.

Rating: 7/10.

2 comments:

  1. agree, it's not that entertaining and also quite flawed, but HOLY SHIT... I can't describe how much I adore THE RAFT, IMO one of the greatest King-short-story adaptations ever.

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  2. It is really one of the most memorable shorts in any omnibus picture in my opinion as well MM, I love The Raft!

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