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4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, But Lacking The Quality Of The First.
Creepshow 2 is underrated in the vault of 80s horrors. Consisting of three of my all-time favorite snippets, Old Chief Woodenhead, The Raft and The Hitchhiker and bogged down by a crudely animated wraparound tale of a child's purchase of a Venus flytrap bulb from the mail order section of his favorite comic book. While not as memorable as the first outing, Creepshow 1...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the ride!!!
I agree with other reviews here that it is not up there with Creepshow 1 but all in all it is a sufficiently worthy sequel.Holy moley it has Steve King in so thats a plus.But considering the financial constraints put on the team they did the franchise justice.Unlike Creep 3 which is pants!!!The Hitchhiker is the best tale with The Raft a close 2nd and Old Chief Woodenhead...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the ride!!!, 1 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: Creepshow 2 [DVD] (DVD)
I agree with other reviews here that it is not up there with Creepshow 1 but all in all it is a sufficiently worthy sequel.Holy moley it has Steve King in so thats a plus.But considering the financial constraints put on the team they did the franchise justice.Unlike Creep 3 which is pants!!!The Hitchhiker is the best tale with The Raft a close 2nd and Old Chief Woodenhead the weakest but i love it when the indian thug with the hair struts and preens.The wooden effect of Wooden Heads movements are great.As Romero states in the interview on Creep 1 if he could make them now he could blow them out of the water.And i think with the resurgence of Hammer and Universal remakes a good attempt to do more EC comics anthology movies should be undertaken.NOT in the Saw vain though but a serious tribute.Its all Marvel at the moment which to be honest although good are getting slightly boring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, But Lacking The Quality Of The First., 27 Sept. 2014
Creepshow 2 is underrated in the vault of 80s horrors. Consisting of three of my all-time favorite snippets, Old Chief Woodenhead, The Raft and The Hitchhiker and bogged down by a crudely animated wraparound tale of a child's purchase of a Venus flytrap bulb from the mail order section of his favorite comic book. While not as memorable as the first outing, Creepshow 1 which was a cult classic, this sequel still manages to be an entertaining anthology horror film.

In the first segment, Old Chief Woodenhead is pure Stephen King with respected, relatable characters that actually seem real. A kind elderly couple's (George Kennedy) general store is robbed by the son of a tribal elder and subsequently stalked by a gigantic native statue that's becomes alive to seek vengeance.

The Raft adds a solid amount of suspense and surprise in an obvious 80s nod to The Blob that follows a group of teens' trip for a day of fun at the lake. The segment is about four scantily-clad teenagers who arrive at a deserted lake, late one summer, for an afternoon swim but find that something thoroughly unpleasant is waiting for them. The special effects are well below par with King himself commenting that the monster in the lake looks something like "a dirty old man's raincoat". Stil it does have some decent gore and a nice conclusion.

The third and probably best story is The Hitchhiker and stars Louis Chiles as a bored, rich housewife who regularly enjoys the services of a gigolo. On her way home from such an encounter she accidentally runs over a young Hitchhiker (played by stuntman Tom Wright) killing him instantly. Terrrified by the consequences of her actions she quickly leaves the scene of the accident. However, a few miles down the road she sees the Hitchhiker, bloodied and amazingly returned to life, limping towards her.

All in all, Creepshow 2 is worth a look and remains a guilty pleasure of mine that I have enjoyed with alarming regularity over the years. It may not be up to the standards set by the first Creepshow but certainly worth the time regardless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Ooooh, mucho ecological, Poncho! Mucho ecological!", 13 Jun. 2013
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I'm a huge fan of Creepshow, so this film always had a lot to live up to, sadly it falls short but is still a very good sequel. It doesn't come close to matching the quality of its predecessor, but it is a great film compared to the horrid cash in that was Creepshow 3. Creepshow 2 has three stories compared to five in the first, and none of them are nearly as good as Something To Tide You Over or The Crate from Creepshow.

The first segment is called Old Chief Woodenhead, George Kennedy and Dorothy Lamour play a kindly old couple who run the local store in an almost deserted town. Local Indians owe them money, unable to pay them, they leave the couple with some of their people's most valued possessions until the debt is paid. Moments later, a group of hoodlums rob the store and murder the couple. The wooden Chief that stands outside the store, seeks revenge. It has some great acting courtesy of Kennedy, Lamour and Frank Salsedo. Holt McCallany, Don Harvey and David Holbrook play the hoodlums, Holbrook is Hal Holbrook's son who starred in the first film.

The Raft is next, this seems to be widely considered as the strongest story of the three, and I agree. Four teenagers (two girls, two boys) are out in the middle of nowhere, they swim out to a raft where something slimy is waiting for them. There's a black oil slick type of creature waiting in the water that wants to devour the kids. The Raft is full of tension, great music and some gruesome deaths.

Lastly is The Hitchhiker. A woman has been cheating on her husband and is racing home in an attempt to beat her husband there, she hits and kills a hitchhiker and carries on going. Afraid of her husband finding out about her infidelities, or scared of getting arrested for manslaughter, she commits a hit and run. As she continues home, the hitchhiker still wants that ride. I really like this segment, it's funny and full of blood and gore.

Tom Savini plays the The Creep in the wraparound story, the effects were left to the brilliant Greg Nicotero and his team. Stephen King and George A. Romero returned in a smaller capacity, this time it was based on King stories and Romero just did the screenplay after directing the first. Michael Gornick who worked on several Romero films as director of photography including Dawn Of The Dead and Creepshow, stepped into the director's chair and did a good job. It wasn't a big gamble as he had Romero there for help, and he'd already directed four episodes of Tales From The Darkside. I assume the reason they switched from five stories to three was because of a lower budget, this had a budget less than half of what the original had, Creepshow was made for $8,000,000 compared to just $3,500,000 for Creepshow 2.

I think the reason Creepshow 2 works as a sequel is because so many people involved in the first movie returned, the pathetic Creepshow 3 has no involvement from anybody from the previous movies and was clearly just an attempt to grab money from the fans of the earlier films. Creepshow had an amazing cast and is one of the best acted horror films ever made, if Creepshow 2 had the same budget and calibre of actors then it could have been just as great. There's a nice array of extras including a director's commentary, biographies, film notes, featurettes and trailers. Not as good as the first movie, but still an excellent sequel that's well worth seeking out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tony Murtagh's review on Creepshow 2..., 14 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Creepshow 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Being a fan of the short stories a friend recommended Creepshow 2 to me. It's 3 short stories in one. Old Chef wooden head, The raft & The hitchiker. By far The raft is the stronger of the 3 stories about 4 teens who swim out to a raft on a lake only to find an evil oil slick is circling them killing the teens one by one. The other stories were OK but I'd say buy this one for that raft story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quit a good film but not up to the par of the original., 21 Oct. 2000
This review is from: Creepshow 2 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Stephen King and George A. Romero reunite for the sequel to the horror classic 'Creepshow'. The sequel offers only three stories this time around and the higher budget shows. It was the low budget of the first movie that gave it its raw appeal but something seems to be missing from Creepshow 2. The first tale, 'Old Cheif Woodenhead' is a dire affair about a wooden staue of an indian that comes to life to avenge the death of the shopkeeper who owns him. 'The Raft' is a better story where a gang of teenagers take a trip to the lake and are hounded by an oil slick. The last story, 'The Hitch-Hiker' is definately the best. An unfaithful woman is traveling back to her husband when she has an encounter with a hitch-hiker that just refuses to die.
The wrap-around animated story is about a boy who is bullied by the local tearaways until he gets his revenge with an item he purchased from the comic he loves... Creepshow.
Definately worth owning as it is a well acted movie but it pales in comparison to the original.
At £5.99, you cannot afford to miss out on the sequel to the greatest film ever made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepshow 2 (1987), 15 Oct. 2007
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Before I begin the review, I want to point something out to those of you considering purchasing this version of Creepshow 2 (1987). This states it is the special edition, which it is (Anchor Bay, ASIN: B00076SJFA). However, there is another version on region 2 with exactly the same cover, but not a special edition (Boulevard Entertainment, ASIN: B003H9MXRE): I have both versions and they both have the same extensive extra features on. Don't be fooled into paying more, unless you want the cover to say special edition, because that is the only extra feature you will get.

The movie, then. I liked it a lot. It is still from the same team: Stephen King (writer, concept or short story), George A. Romero (screenplay), Tom Savini (special effects consultant), and Michael Gornick (director). Gornick was the cinematographer on the original Creepshow (1982). The differences: the wraparound story with young Billy is now more animation than film and there are three segments instead of five; less stories for your money, but the stories here are still very good. It is written, produced, directed, and packaged well, so still feels like part of the Creepshow franchise, unlike the mediocre Creepshow 3 (2006), which had no ties to King or Romero.

Prologue
The wraparound story has young Billy - animated and also played by Domenick John - purchasing his Creepshow comic book and cycling off to the post office to collect a parcel: a bunch of man-eating Venus flytrap bulbs, ordered out of the comic. On his way home, he is chased by the local bullies and this continues between each story until the confrontation at the end. The Creep also turns up again - both animated and real - the latter played by Tom Savini, who provided the special effects for and appeared as a garbage man in the original.

Tale One
Old Chief Wood'nhead is set in the modern day west and tells of an aging couple who have run their store in Dead River all their lives, but the town is drying up and their business is suffering; they are also owed money from the local Native Americans. On the store's porch stands Chief Wood'nhead, where he has stood all these years with the owners, Ray Spruce (George Kennedy) and Martha Spruce (Dorothy Lamour). Benjamin Whitemoon (Frank Salsedo) turns up and offers them a bag of valuable jewels for them to keep if the tribe cannot pay their debts in two autumns. Things begin to look up until young Sam Whitemoon (Holt McCallany) and his two bad boy friends, Andy Cavenaugh (Don Harvey) and Fatso Gribbens (David Holbrook) decide to rob the store. But they've forgotten about Old Chief Wood'nhead.

Tale Two
The Raft is based on an original short story by King, which originally appeared in Gallery (1982) and Skeleton Crew (1985). Four high school students drive out to a lake in the autumn; there is a raft that they can swim out to and spend the day relaxing on. The lake is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by beautiful countryside and, although the water is freezing, they all swim across to their destination. Halfway across, one of them spots this black stuff that looks like an oil spill creeping slowly towards them. He hurries them all along and once they are safely on the raft, he points it out, but know one seems to know what it is. The black blob turns out to be anything but harmless and it is hungry.

Tale Three
The Hitchhiker is about a wealthy lady, Annie Lansing (Lois Chiles), who has gone to see a gigolo whilst her attorney husband is at work. For the first time ever they wake up late and Annie has miles to go and not much time. She speeds down a dark highway and, whilst lighting a cigarette and playing with the stereo, she fails to see a hitchhiker (Tom Wright) in the side of the road. She momentarily swerves into the edge and kills the hitchhiker, then pulls over. Once she realizes what she has done she convinces herself that nobody saw her and that it was just an accident. She continues on her journey home, adamant she is not going to ruin her life over a drifter. But the hitchhiker still needs a ride.

Epilogue
Back to The Creep and Billy, who is finally caught by the local bullies. They try to beat him up, but Billy still has his Venus flytrap bulbs from the Creepshow comic book advert. The bullies might just find out that Billy is not alone and that the Creepshow is not simply a childish comic book, filled with stuff and nonsense.

The film did fairly well at the box office, despite some negative reviews and has remained popular since. The original VHS and DVD covers are a homage to the Tales from the Crypt comics, published by E.C. Comics in the 1950s. Later the film was re-released in the UK with a cover featuring Billy purchasing his copy of Creepshow from The Creep. These two editions are the ones I was referring to at the beginning of the review: both having the same extra features: extensive documentaries including special effects make-up by Greg Nicotero and Tom Savini (consultant), the Making of Creepshow 2 and plenty more.

Stephen King turns up in a cameo (segment The Hitchhiker) and the co-stars include Daniel Beer (Point Break), Page Hannah (Gremlins 2: The New Batch), Don Harvey (The Untouchables), David Holbrook (son of Hal Holbrook, who starred in Creepshow), Frank ''Grey Wolf'' Salsedo, a Native American (Almost Heroes), and Joe Silver (as the voice of The Creep. So, a good solid cast all round. The film originally had five stories, including The Cat From Hell (which later made it into Tales from the Darkside: The Movie) (1990), but the film was slimmed down due to the budget. The music is by Rick Wakeman.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Floating tarpaulin monster!!, 5 July 2012
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This is a fun anthology sequel, again written by Stephen King who pops up in a small goofy role.

Old Chief Wood'nhead stars George Kennedy as a store owner who is brutally robbed by thugs. A life-size wooden statue of an Indian Chief, on the storefront, goes about doing some avenging...

The Raft is silly but fun, and much better than the awfully-written story on which it's based in Kings book, "Skeleton Crew". A bunch of teens head out to a remote lake to swim, camp and sunbathe on a wooden raft that floats on the lake. They get trapped on the raft, when an oil-slick/giant tarpaulin monster starts to absorb and eat them. This is the best of the three stories.

The Hitchhiker stars Lois Chiles as a love cheat who knocks over a hitch-hiker and quickly drives away. Trouble is, the dead hiker has hitched a lift...

All three stories are fun, with good eighties effects and their run-time is about right. Framing the stories is some animated comic-book stuff and a short tale about giant venus fly traps.

NOTE 1;- My copy, and another I tried, had a glitch on the disc where the first animated scene just kept repeating. You have to use the scene select feature to get past that scene.

NOTE 2;- This edition has subtitles, filmographies, trailers and an interesting documentary about the effects. The "Special DVD Edition" appears to have only a trailer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More horror mag schlocks, 5 Feb. 2011
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Of course, Creepshow was never meant to be taken seriously. Anyone who had read the US horror mags produced by Charlton or Marvel in the 70s & 80s could relate to where the influences were drawn for both movies. This continues where it's predecessor left off...more tales with a gory twist in their tails. It's Roald Dahl with fewer restrictions and a slightly darker edge. A definite buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Creepshow 2 does make you flesh creep but doesn't scare, 22 Dec. 2007
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I love Creepshow. The most scariest 15 rated horror movie by the makers George A. Romero and Stephen King with five tales of pure shocking horror. It's a shame that Creepshow 2 doesn't have that factor. This time George and Stephen wrote the script but the film wasn't directed by Romero and therefore doesn't retain the scares and shocks like the first one. There are so many thing wrong with this one.

One, you don't get five tales as you did in Creepshow, instead you just get three.

Two, the dark comic book stylings of the original are ditched and a more kid friendly comic book animation styling is placed instead. The creep isn't quite as convincing as he was during the first one when you just saw him on the comic book with speech bubbles instead of real speech as he is here.

Three, the atmospheric score of the first film is gone too. The theme that i loved so much and scared me as soon as the credits started was gone and some other music was used. They should have kept it as for me that was Creepshow's signature theme and summed up what you were about to see.

Four, Where were the scares? hardly any of it scared me. Where was the Creepshow scares and shocks that i loved so much?

Those faults aside it still is enjoyable to watch with great characterisations and the odd bit of gore but sadly thats it. The interweaving story of Billy and his beloved comic were interesting but hardly scary. The stories themselves are good and thats it. Some horror, some laughs, a bit of nudity and thats it. I did feel cheated after watching it as i was expecting horror like the original and it didn't deliver. What it did deliver though were three tales of just desserts which i guess was good to see the "evil" characters get what they deserved.

This could have been so much more with George behind the camera and the inclusion of two more stories, this would have been great but sadly its just passable. Great shame.

But if you love Creepshow and you haven't seen this then it's worth a look, just don't expect too much from it and you have a good time. You expect to be scared,sorry either stick with the original or choose tales from the crypt instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wrong amazon info, 4 Aug. 2010
i like this film.think its half decent although not as good as the first.my favourite being the hitchiker which is a great story.however anyone buying this the special edition amazon have the extras wrong.you dont just get a trailer but a commentary track and a makling of.which is pretty cool fo such a low budjet film.enjoy.
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