Blu-ray Movie Review – Creepshow 2 (1987)

Creepshow 2
Directed by Michael Gornick
Courtesy of Arrow Video & MVD Distribution
Original Year of Release: 1987
Blu-ray Release Date: December 13, 2016

CREEPSHOW and CREEPSHOW 2 are a couple of the first horror anthology films I saw growing up, and they both had a huge impact on me. Both films are extremely well done and have great stories…but only the second one has a tale that still haunts me to this day. And despite the fact it is a follow-up to the original, CREEPSHOW 2 is just as good. Arrow and MVD have released a remastered edition of this fan favorite, and it is an outstanding addition to any horror fan’s library.

If you are not familiar with CREEPSHOW 2, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Arrow Video

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.

CREEPSHOW 2 looks fantastic onscreen, and the production value of the film appears high. The diversity of the three stories created the need for three original, specific locales, and each one looks great. The desolate, run down town in “Old Chief Wood’nhead” contrasts nicely to the lush greenery of the lake in “The Raft” and so forth.

The acting in each segment is top notch. Hollywood icon George Kennedy appears, as do other big names like Tom Savini and Stephen King (yes, the author!). They are joined by a slew of great actors and actresses, and the result is a talented cast that brings these tales to life.

The special effects in each segment are phenomenal. There’s not many in “Old Chief Wood’nhead”, but those we get are great; “The Raft” has some excellent gore, and even the “thing” in the lake is impressive; but “The Hitch-hiker” has to be the real winner here…this one has some outrageous carnage that is mesmerizing onscreen. You truly have to see it to appreciate it.

My favorite tale in CREEPSHOW 2 is “The Raft”. I mentioned above that only one of these stories has haunted me for years, and this is it. JAWS terrified me about the ocean, but “The Raft” has given me pause about lakes for many, many years. To this day, I still get a little nervous about swimming in them. This is a testament to the power that horror can have.

CREEPSHOW 2 is an excellent addition to the Arrow/MVD collection, and I highly recommend it. In addition to the HD picture, the Blu-ray comes with some great Special Features (listed below). The film is available now, so make a note.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
• Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original stereo audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Audio Commentary with director Michael Gornick, moderated by Perry Martin
• 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
• Nightmares in Foam Rubber featurette with special make-up effects artists Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero
• My Friend Rick Berger on working with make-up legend Rick Baker
• Behind-the-Scenes Footage
• Trailers and TV Spots
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Mike Saputo
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Blyth

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