Directed by Michael Gornick
Distributed by Arrow Films / MVD Entertainment Group
It has literally been over 20 years since I have seen CREEPSHOW 2. I remember liking the movie a lot, but for some reason just have never re-visited it. That all changed when by Blu-ray copy of the film arrived in my mailbox. I was really looking forward to watching this one and it definitely didn't disappoint. It was just as good as I remember it being way back when I saw it for the first time.
Here is the basic plot of the film from the MVD website:
WHEN THE CURTAIN GOES UP THE TERROR BEGINS Horror titans George A. Romero and Stephen King deliver yet another fiendish selection of blood-curdling tales in Creepshow 2 - now newly remastered in 2K! In "Old Chief Wood'nhead", a group of young hoodlums face retribution from an unlikely source after looting a local hardware store. Meanwhile, "The Raft" sees a group of horny teens wishing they'd read the warning signs first before taking a dip in a remote lake. Finally, an uptight businesswoman finds herself with some unwanted company following a hit-and-run incident in "The Hitch-hiker". Whilst retaining the EC comic book flavour that made the original such a hit, Creepshow 2, this time directed by long-time Romero collaborator Michael Gornick, is a decidedly darker and grimmer affair than its predecessor and remains one of the greatest horror anthologies of all time.
I am a big fan of anthology horror films, and there is a reason most all anthologies that come out these days are compared to the CREEPSHOW films. CREEPSHOW and CREEPSHOW 2 are perfect examples of how anthologies should be made. The 3 stories that make up CREEPSHOW 2 are all wonderful in their own way.
The first segment, "Old Chief Wood'nhead", is about an old wooden storefront Indian that comes to life and takes revenge on the hoodlums that killed the owners of the store he stood out in front of. The effects are very well done, and the segment has some very memorable scenes, including the shadow silhouette of the 'ol Chief giving one of the hoodlums a good axe to the head.
The next segment, "The Raft", is probably my favorite of the three. It's a simple story of a group of kids that go swimming in a lake and get stranded on a dock out in the middle of the lake, unable to swim to the shore due to the blob like creature waiting for them in the water. This is a fun tale with some good gory effects as the blob creature basically dissolves the person that it envelops.
The final segment, "The Hitch-hiker", is a great tale of man that is run over by a car, but then stays with the care and driver, tormenting her along the way, as she continues to "kill" the unwanted passenger. She soon finds out this guy just can't be killed. The transition he makes with being more and more beaten and bloodied each time we see him is quite gory, especially at the end when he is basically just a pile of mush with eyeballs hanging down. This was by far the goriest segment of the film with some amazing effects.
It's no wonder this film is full of great effects. The effects were done by Howard Berger, Greg Nicotero, and Tom Savini, among others. If you have never seen CREEPSHOW 2 or even if you have, you need to grab a copy of this new Arrow Blu-ray. The picture quality is stunning and makes it look like a movie that was just filmed lately.
CREEPSHOW 2 is available now from Arrow Video and MVD and contains the following special features:
* Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
* Original Uncompressed PCM Mono 1.0, Stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround Audio Options
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
* Audio Commentary with director Michael Gornick
* Poncho's Last Ride - a brand new interview with actor Daniel Beer
* The Road to Dover - a brand new interview with actor Tom Wright
* Screenplay for a Sequel - an interview with screenwriter George A. Romero
* Tales from the Creep - an interview with actor and make-up artist Tom Savini
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Mike Saputo
* Nightmares in Foam Rubber - archive featurette on the special effects of Creepshow 2, including interviews with FX artists Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero
* My Friend Rick - Berger on his special effects mentor Rick Baker
* Behind-the-Scenes Footage
* Image Gallery
* Trailers & TV Spots
* Original Screenplay (BD-ROM Content)
* FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Blyth
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