The sequel to the hugely popular “Creepshow” (as you might have gathered by the giveaway title) this is another slice of comic book inspired horror with a strong comedic feel. Like its predecessor, Creepshow 2 is an anthology of three short stories, a format which seems to have died a death nowadays, more’s the pity.
The first story, “Chief Wooden Head” is an interesting tale of revenge. An elderly couple are left some valuable items by an American Indian who owes them, and are then murdered by a gang of thugs who rob their store. However, vengeance comes in the form of…well, wait and watch the film to find out, but suffice it to say, the thugs don’t get away with it. George Kennedy is excellent in this story, turning in a very measured and classy performance.
“The Raft” is the second story, featuring four young couples who decide to take a swim to an old raft. Anyone who knows the horror genre well realises that one of the first rules is “don’t go into the water” and it isn’t long before they are menaced by…well a giant hungry blob. It isn’t long before they are literally torn apart by this man eating creature in a series of exceptionally well executed sequences where the effects really stand out. Paul Satterfield gives a great performance in this one and his death is one of the most unnerving ever depicted on screen.
The third story is an absorbing and creepy tale about a hit and run driver, excellently played by Lois Chiles. Having made her cowardly exit from the scene, motivated by panic, she is terrorised by the man that she apparently killed who keeps coming back for more and more. This one is the funniest of the three with a very dark humour that runs through it but manages nevertheless to not overwhelm the suspense, a clever balance finely struck here. All credit to Stephen King who wrote the original stories and George Romero who adapted them for the screen. Creepshow 2 is a brilliant little movie, undeniably cheap but very funny, very horrific and extremely entertaining.
Director: Michael Gornick
Writers: Stephen King (stories), George A. Romero (screenplay)
Stars: George Kennedy, Lois Chiles and Domenick John