Creepshow 2 is a 1987 American comedy horror anthology film directed by Michael Gornick and is the sequel to Creepshow.
As an 8 or 9 year old in the late 80’s/early 90’s of SoCal, I saw Creepshow 2 before seeing the first one. My Uncle had a copied VHS tape. I remember watching it repeatedly before the first Creepshow. I even made my own homemade comic of my favorite stories from both Creepshow films.
Creepshow 2 is a collection of 3 stories based off of Stephen King’s short stories, just like the first Creepshow. Michael Gornick was the director for Creepshow 2 and was the cinematographer for the first Creepshow. The screenplay was written by George Romero, who directed the first Creepshow.
The Creep makes an appearance in Creepshow 2, but this time is played by makeup artist and actor, Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn).
In between the 3 tales are animated shorts about Billy, a young boy who awaits the arrival of his Creepshow comic book. The delivery man appears to be The Creep.
Billy goes to the post office for a package he ordered, giant Venus flytrap bulbs. After leaving the post office, Billy is pursued and attacked by a gang of bullies, who follow him to a dead end. I don’t want to give away what happens, but it’s awesome and involves the giant Venus flytraps!
The Creep witnesses the event with amusement before leaving town with the next shipment of Creepshow comics.
Here is a little info about each of the 3 stories:
Old Chief Wooden Head
In a small struggling Arizona town, general store owners, Ray (George Kennedy from The Naked Gun) and Martha (Dorothy Lamour). Ray takes pride in his wooden cigar store Indian that stands outside the front entrance.
Three men named Sam, Rich Boy and Fat Stuff rob their tiny market, killing Ray and Martha in the process. As they are leaving the market, Sam says this line that I really liked “There ain’t no dust in Hollywood, man.” The wooden Indian comes to life, and before the criminals leave town the following day, he takes his revenge.
Four college students on a road trip go swimming at an isolated lake. They get attacked by a creature and are trapped on a raft in the middle of the lake.
While they are being attacked, their car stereo is playing heavy guitar rock music. The soundtrack to The Raft is badass. “The Forces of Evil (instrumental version)” by John Hyde and the other jam “Driving to the Edge of Time” by Tim Broughton & Eddie Jones enhance the 80’s nostalgia.
A cheating wife in a hurry to get home before her husband, accidentally hits and kills a hitch-hiker in a hit and run. The hitch-hiker comes back from the dead for revenge while saying “Thanks for the ride, lady!” Stephen King makes a cameo in this one.
The stories by Stephen King, Pinfall and Cat From Hell, were supposed to appear in the film, but were left out because of the budget. Cat From Hell was filmed a few years later for Tales From the Darkside: The Movie.
Shortly after moving to my current residence, I discovered that I live close to where my 2 favorite stories were filmed — Chief Wooden Head was filmed in Dewey and Prescott, Arizona, and The Raft was filmed in Prescott!
The Raft was filmed at Lynx Lake has no raft or monster, but is a nice place to have a picnic. The general store from Chief Wooden Head is now an abandoned antique shop that still stands among other vacant buildings. Rich Boy from Chief Wooden Head’s house is still looking the same from the outside. It is close to Lynx Lake. It’s kinda cool knowing I can visit these locations at almost any time.
I own this flick on Blu-Ray as well as an old video store rental DVD (pictured at the top), making my shelf resemble a piece of history from a great time period. Something sentimental that I can watch yearly and enjoy it as much as before.
Thanks for the read, lady…or gentleman!
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