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Creepshow 2 (1987)

Preceeded by: Creepshow (1982)

Director:
Michael Gornick

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Horror/Comedy

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Creepshow 2

RUNNING TIME
92 minutes

Producer:
David Ball

Screenwriter (based on short stories by Stephen King):
George A. Romero


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING

Old Chief Wood'nhead

Ray Spruce George Kennedy
Martha Spruce Dorothy Lamour -
Ben Whitemoon Frank Salsedo -

The Raft

Deke Paul Satterfield
Laverne Jeremy Green
Randy Daniel Beer
Rachel Page Hannah

The Hitchhiker

Annie Lansing Lois Chiles
The Hitchhiker Tom Wright
Truck Driver Stephen King -

 

Review

Stephen King's stories have always seemed to be well suited for anthologies, and had already been adapted into such relatively successfully with Creepshow in 1982 and Cat's Eye in 1985. For the sequel Creepshow 2, George A. Romero moved from director to screenwriter, which seems to have been a good idea because his replacement Michael Gornick treats the material more seriously and explores the concept of fear much more effectively. The film consists of three segments, two of which are original stories, and one ("The Raft") that had been previously published. While some King adaptations tend to drag or become a little too caught up with their supernaturalness, the stories in Creepshow 2 leave their mark on you and move on. They have a sense of urgency about them. This is especially true for the film's two best segments, "The Raft" and "The Hitchhiker", which bamboozle you with their gruesomeness, dark humour and despite their brevity fully drawn characters. Tom Wright is as scary as any Stephen King antagonist as the hitchhiker. And the foursome of Deke, Laverne, Randy and Rachel who visit the raft on that secluded lake are a seductive mix of tight-knit and narcissistic, of well-adjusted and rebellious. It's a wickedly enjoyable segment, especially if you happen to catch the uncut version.

Copyright 18.09.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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