Creepshow 2 (1987)
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Average Rating: 3.8/10
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This less-satisfying sequel to the 1982 George A. Romero/Stephen King anthology presents a new trio of King stories, framed in a similar EC Comics-style format -- this time featuring some rather lackluster animated segments involving horror-host "The Creep," who introduces each chapter with pun-heavy gallows humor. The stories vary widely in quality: first there's "Old Chief Wood'nhead," involving a cigar-store Indian who quite literally guards the entrance to an old general store and comes to
May 1, 1987 Wide
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George Romero contributes the screenplay this time, basing it on some tastefully selected Stephen King morsels.
Tied together with some humdrum animated sequences, three vignettes on offer obviously were produced on the absolute cheap, and are deficient in imagination and scare quotient.
Just as you can't judge a '50s comic book by its lurid cover, so you can't judge a cheapo, three-part film by its sources.
The episodes are marginally interesting, but each is a little too long. And each could be fully explained in a one-sentence synopsis.
Part of the problem is that King's short stories simply work better in print.
In the realm of anthology horror, you could do a lot worse. I'm looking at you "Tales from the Hood."
Aims to recapture the original's seamless pastiche (it's an imitation of an imitation) and fails. But it has an easily digestible, junky sense of humor about it.
The film does at least have a rich visual palette and some well drawn (if distinctly unfunny) animated sequences that play in between each segment. These factors are small compensation for everything else, however.
Whereas Romero's approach to this material is distinctly tongue-in-cheek, Gornick makes the mistake of giving the stories a straightforward treatment that merely heightens their inherent weakness.
A satisfying follow-up that retains the same macabre yet spirited tone.
If you already know and love Creepshow, the sequel's something you'll probably enjoy...in a Jaws 2 or Halloween 2 kind of way.
One of these was more than enough.
Audience Reviews for Creepshow 2
- The Creep: There's a lesson for you kiddies. Never pick up hitch-hikers, on the hood of your car (chuckles).
- Annie Lansing: (talking to herself again) What happened, Mrs. Lansing?Oh, I ran over some guy and over and over and over and over and...
- The Hitchhiker: (as a zombie) How are you doing lady? Thanks, thanks for the ride!
- Annie Lansing: (after thinking she saw the guy she killed on the road) You're seeing things, bitch. You can't live with it.
- Annie's Lover: I do my job well. I expect to be paid well. Now, come on. I counted six orgasms. And you probably had others, silently, so I wouldn't get a swelled head.
- Annie Lansing: You charge by the orgasm?
- Annie's Lover: Good idea. Maybe I should. Then I'd have something to work for.
- Deke: (after the blob goes underneath the raft) Hey! What is this sh*t, Poncho? It looks like it's going under the raft.
- Laverne: Did it go under us? Did it go under the raft? Is it under us?
- Deke: Yeah, and I'm gonna swim for it. Right now!
- Laverne: No! Don't leave us here! Don't!
- Deke: I'm fast and I can make it. You've gotta go while it's under the raft. (The blob eats his foot) AAaaaahhhhhhh!
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