Creepshow 2 (1987)

creepshow 2 movie poster 1987
6.0 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 6/10
Visual effects: 7/10

The Raft is creepy, The Hitchhiker is so-so

Old Chief Wood’nhead is bad

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Creepshow 2

Studio:  New World

Genre(s):  Horror/B-Movies

Release Date(s):  May 1, 1987

MPAA Rating:  R

creepshow 2 old chief woodhead scalping

I think they called him a wooden Indian instead of Wooden Native American…

The Creep is back with a new group of tales to terrify and shock. He has the story of a wooden Indian out to avenge his owners’ deaths, a thing in an isolated lake…lying in wait for victims, and a woman haunted by a hitchhiker she struck down. With stories like these, you might never sleep again.

Directed by Michael Gornick, Stephen King once again provided stories for Creepshow 2, and George A. Romero helped write the screenplay for the sequel follow-up to the 1982 film. The movie wasn’t as great of success as the original film and was met with so-so reviews.

Creepshow 2 just doesn’t live up to Creepshow’s standards. While Creepshow offered a lot of variety, Creepshow 2 is overloaded with too many longer stories. Originally it was planned to also have more tales, but the movie was cut down for time.

creepshow 2 the raft skelton

This is not good exfoliating cream…

The movie does have some great horror. “The Raft”, which adapts Stephen King’s same titled story which was originally published in Gallery in 1982 and collected in Skeleton Crew, is quite scary. It has a sense of hopelessness that I find terrifying. The creature holds the characters essentially hostage, just waiting for them to die. I find the story very similar to the story of The Ruins which also had some scary aspects.

“The Hitchhiker” also has some good jumps. Originally Barbara Eden was meant to star in the story but had to drop out leaving the role to Louise Chiles. The bloody hitchhiker’s classic “Thanks for the ride” line still is fun and good for a laugh.

creepshow 2 the hitchhiker thanks for the ride lady

“Thanks for the ride, Lady!!!”

With three stories, you kind of expect them all to be good. Unfortunately, Creepshow 2 starts out with the clunker known as “Old Chief Wood’nhead”. While it isn’t an awful story (it does feel like a E.C. Horror story), it just doesn’t have enough energy or pop…especially to start out the tale. It is too long, too dull, and not enough jumps.

Creepshow 2 shows a real downgrade after the fun freshman outing of Creepshow. The series doesn’t have the style or class of the first film. I love an anthology film, but this just isn’t what I hoped for from a Creepshow movie. While Creepshow 3 was released in 2007 as a straight-to-DVD film with no association to the other films, many consider Tales from the Darkside: The Movie the true sequel to Creepshow 2 since it had a lot of ties to the original Creepshow line (including stories that were meant to be in this film).  In 2019, Shudder launched a Creepshow anthology TV series.

Related Links:

Creepshow (1982)

Creepshow—Season 1 Review and Complete Episode Guide

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