Five years after the original “Creepshow” was released, “Creepshow 2” came out in 1987. With Stephen King (stories), George A. Romero (screenplay), and long-time Romero collaborator Michael Gornick (director) at the helm, “Creepshow 2” delivers a trio of novella’s, which are scream worthy.
Billy picks up the latest issue of the “Creepshow” comic book and it merges from animation to reality for the vignette “Old Chief Wood’nhead.” Ray (George Kennedy) and Martha Spruce (Dorothy Lamour) are the married couple and owners of the local General Store in a dusty run down Indian village. With no one paying cash and Ray giving out items to Indians on credit, Martha begs her husband to pack up shop and go spend time with the grandkids, but Ray is hopeful the small town will be fruitful again. But when Sam Whitemoon (Holt McCallany), son of the Indian tribe, wants to turn his back on his family’s way of life, he and his two buddies rob the General Store in hopes of getting cash to make it to Hollywood. When things go terribly bad, an Indian elder gets his revenge for the Spruces.
In the second story, titled “The Raft,” four college kids — Deke (Paul Satterfield), Laverne (Jeremy Green), Randy (Daniel Beer), and Rachel (Page Hannah) go off to a remote lake to get high and swim in a lake. There is a raft in the middle of the lake, but that’s not all. There is a circle of sludge, which moves atop the water and, one by one, attacks the partygoers.
The final story of the trio is “The Hitchhiker.” Annie Lansing (former James Bond girl, Lois Chiles) is cheating on her husband with her lover (David Beecroft) and when she oversleeps, she has to make it back home before her husband. The rich, materialistic jezzabelle hops in her Mercedes and speeds for home, but when she loses control on the damp highway, her car speeds out and strikes a hitchhiker killing him. Annie panics and drives off, but she is haunted by her actions and fights for her life on the way home.
“Creepshow 2” is a nice little collection of short stories, but not really that scary and outdated by today’s standards.