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Friday, January 14, 2011

Creepshow 2 (1987)

Yes, lightning can strike twice in the same place.  Creepshow 2 is a worthy successor to the original film and another wonderful homage to the 1950's E.C. horror comics.  With stories by Stephen King and a screenplay by George Romero the fun continues under the capable direction of Michael Gornick [Director of photography for the original Dawn of the Dead] who fills Romero's directing shoes nicely.
This time around there are three stories.  The first is the delightful Old Chief Wood'nhead, about an old couple run a general store in a run down town.  Veteran Actors George Kennedy and Dorothy Lamour play Ray and Martha Spruce with great warmth and affection.  They set the perfect stage for everything that is to follow. [I won't spoil the story for you by giving you too many details.]
The second segment is The Raft that is classic teenage sex and death stuff.  Nothing special but not bad either.  It's classic 80's fare so if that's your thing, you won't be disappointed.
The final segment is The Hitchhiker about a woman who is enjoying the services a a male escort.  While driving home after a night of pleasure she hits a hitchhiker who was standing on the side of the road.  She drives away from the murder scene and the terror/fun begins because the hitchhiker won't stay dead. The line "Thanks for the ride, lady!" echoes "I want my cake" from the first film.  Classic.
The artwork isn't as good this time around but the stories are equally as good.  If you liked the first, you will definitely enjoy the second.  As a final bit of trivia special effects master Tom Savini makes an appearance as "The Creep" in the opening prologue.  You gotta love it.

P.S.  Creepshow 3 was released in 2006.  It pales in comparison to the first two.  It's short on humor and long on horror and misses the playfulness that I loved about the first two.
Rating: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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