Creepshow 2

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

This is a trio of eerie horror tales, with an animated story told in between the live action segments. In Ol’ Chief WoodenHead, we watch as some young derelicts ravage a small store, leaving a wake of death and destruction. But if these hoodlums think they’ll get away that easily, they’re wrong and in truth, someone survived their rampage and is looking for revenge. Since the shopkeeper and his wife were killed, that leaves only one person, but that would the wooden Indian that stands at the store. If Ol’ Chief WoodenHead has been woken up, those trouble makers had better head for the hills, and fast. In The Raft, we watch as a small band of young folks head off to a retreat on an isolated lake, to soak up the rays and have some laughs. They decide to swim out to a raft in the lake’s center, even though legend has it strange things happen if you do. Are the legends true, or will these kids prove it was nothing but an urban legend? In The Hitchhiker, we watch as a woman refuses to pick up a hitchhiker, then runs him down later in the same night. But when she sees him again, he seems to be determined to get that ride, no matter what it takes.

In most cases, the sequels never live up to the originals, but in this case, I think the sequel is much more fun. The original Creepshow was more serious and had better actors, whereas this one relies more on unusual stories, but I think it works well enough. Perhaps I just like the stories better, but I’ve always preferred this sequel over the original, as it seems like more fun to watch. I like all three stories presented here, as well as the humorous in between segment animations, which are also loads fun to view. I rank The Raft as my personal choice as the best of the three, but the other two are also good. The Raft has such a cool premise, as it just sorts of comes out of nowhere, but it well planned and unfolds in terrific form. Even if the strange blob sometimes looks like a garbage bag on the water, I still love that segment and always have. I think the most famous sequence is The Hitchhiker one, which provides a catch phrase I hear all the time and has some hilarious moments. Even if Creepshow 2 fails in terms of horror, it is a success as far as entertainment, which is more than enough for me to make a strong recommendation. I wish this disc offered more in terms of supplements, but I still think the disc is worth the cash, so don’t hesitate.

As this film includes three segments, I will list some cast members in each, to avoid confusion. In Ol’ Chief WoodenHead, you’ll see such performers as George Kennedy (The Naked Gun, Cool Hand Luke), Dorothy Lamour (The Greatest Show on Earth, On Our Merry Way), Philip Dore, David Holbrook (Girls Nite Out, Vampire’s Kiss), and Don Harvey (Die Hard 2: Die Harder, The Untouchables). The acting here is pretty over the top, but I think the hoodlums are hilarious, which is more than enough, at least to me. The cast of The Raft includes Paul Satterfield (Arena, Tv’s General Hospital), Page Hannah (Gremlins 2: The New Batch, After School), and Daniel Beer (Point Break, Talking About Sex). Again, the acting here is not top notch by any means, but I think the performers do well enough in the end. The final segment, The Hitchhiker has two main actors and a special cameo role, that of horror writer Stephen King himself. The main stars however are Lois Chiles (Moonraker, Speed 2: Cruise Control) and Tom Wright (Murder At 1600, Marked For Death), who turn in awesome performances, at least as far as the material goes.

Video: How does it look?

Creepshow 2 is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Although the image here isn’t reference level, it looks much better than I’ve ever seen before, so I was very pleased indeed. The print used is clean and shows minimal grain, which makes it an instant improvement over most previous editions. The colors look a little soft at times, but still bright enough and flesh tones seem natural also, no complaints there. Contrast also looks to be in proper form here, as detail is high and black levels are well balanced. I always love to see these kind of movies given a solid treatment and once again, Anchor Bay is responsible for the results.

Audio: How does it sound?

This disc uses a pretty basic mono track, but it seems to be sufficient, at least most of the time. I think a new surround mix could have added some depth in some sequences, but as far as mono goes, this option is more than decent. The music seems to be in order, as do the various sound effects found within the flick, although these elements do seem a little restrained at times. The dialogue is clean and crisp however, with no real flaws to discuss in this review. Again, I think a new surround mix would have liven up this presentation, but I don’t think this mono edition will be much of a let down to fans. This disc also houses English captions, which are always nice to have on deck, of course.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes a selection of behind the scenes photos, as well as the film’s theatrical trailer.

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