"Creepshow 2" is divided into three stories, conducted by a leading segment where a boy that loves the horror comic book Creepshow buys seeds of carnivorous plant and is bullied by four teenagers. Meanwhile the Creep tells the tales of Creepshow: (1) "Old Chief Wood'nhead" - The elders Ray (George Kennedy) and Martha Spruce (Dorothy Lamour) have lived their whole life and raised their family with their small store in an Arizona town. Now the town is economically decadent and Ray gives credit to his costumers including the Indians of Ben Whitemoon's tribe. When Ray is repairing the wooden statue of an old chief in the front door, Ben (Frank Salsedo) arrives and asks him to keep the jewels of his tribe as a guarantee for their debts. However, Ben's nephew Sam (Holt McCallany) unexpectedly arrives with two other punks to steal Ray, and he kills the elders. They expect to travel to Hollywood, but the Old Chief Wood'nhead will not let them go. (2) "The Raft" - The teenagers Deke (Paul ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When Old Chief Woodenhead grabs Sam's hair, he doesn't have all of it in his hand, yet in the next shot he does. See more »
We're outta here, Fat Stuff! We're outta here for good! No more of this bullshit, man. No more eatin' dust for a living. There ain't no dust in Hollywood, man. And there ain't no fuckin' tribe of Tommin', wimpy-assed red men, neither!
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.After the credits are over the following text appears: "Juvinile delinquency is the product of pent up frustrations, stored up resentments and bottled up fears, it is not the product of cartoons and captions, but the comics are a handy, obvious, and uncomplicated scapegoat. If the adults who crusade against them would only get steamed up over much basic causes of delinquency as parental ignorance, indifference, and cruelty. they might discover that comic books are no more then a menace than "Treasure Island" or "Jack the giant killer" Colliers magazine 1949 See more »
In 1982, legendary director George Romero directed a horror anthology of short stories based on tales by Stephen King; the result was "Creepshow", and it gave Romero another success among horror fans. Five years later both minds teamed up again, with the difference that Romero limited his participation to adapt King's stories, leaving the director's chair to fellow Michael Gornick.
"Creepshow 2" features three stories by Lucille Fletcher and Stephen King, in a manner similar to its predecessor. While the result is inferior to the first one, it still packs good entertainment and surely will please horror fans due to it's 80s vibe and imaginative stories. With the comic book style so characteristic of its predecessor, "Creepshow 2" keeps the tone of the previous movie and the "host", the aptly named Creep, is as funny as creepy.
The first segment deals with the ancient spirit of an Indian Chief looking for revenge. It has very good special effects but the story is quite typical. The sub-par acting doesn't help but it is lovely the rusty old western look it has. A huge improvement is the second segment, named "The Raft", which revolves around a group of friends trapped in a raft by a mysterious creature who lives in a lake. Suspense and horror are the main characteristics of this tale and it easily is the best of the three.
However, the third segment, "The Hitchhiker" has quickly become a fan favorite due to it's imaginative and unpredictable nature. A woman runs over a hitchhiker in the middle of the night; after she runs away from the accident, she begins to loose her mind as the killed man seems to return to haunt her. While not as scary as "The Raft", this segment is very entertaining and really funny.
Director Michael Gornick had mastered the genre with his TV series "Tales from the Darkside", so he was not a bad choice for this film and does the job very well. The three segments are very well constructed, particularly the second one, which despite being set in a limited space manage to keep the suspense and the tension to the max. "The Raft" is an amazing display of how the only thing needed for a good movie is imagination.
The acting is quite average for the most part, but I was really surprised by the cast of "The Raft", who put out truly believable performances that really transmit the horror of the tale. The special effects are quite good too, specially in the last segment. Gerg Nicotero shows why he is now one of the most recognizable names in the make-up department and one of the founders of KNB. His work in the movie is remarkably good.
While definitely not a great movie, "Creepshow 2" is a very entertaining flick that is great to watch with friends. Despite its comic book style, it's not a horror movie for kids, as it contains a good amount of gore. This is a fine collection of stories that any horror fan would enjoy. 6/10
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