It’s not nearly as good as its predecessor, but I like two out of the three tales featured in Creepshow 2. The first story, “Old Chief Wood’nhead”, is about a wooden Indian statue that comes alive to avenge the murder of a kindly old couple played by George Kennedy and Dorothy Lamour. Kennedy and Lamour are sweet, but the episode is too hackneyed to leave an impression. It’s a watchable segment, but the weakest in either Creepshow.
The next two segments are almost on par with those featured in the first film. In “The Raft”, four teenagers end up trapped in the middle of a lake by a mysterious, man-eating oil slick. The episode mixes sex and horror in the classic tradition and has a nice payoff. The last story is called “The Hitchhiker”, about a nervous woman who accidentally runs over a hitchhiker… again and again and again. It’s a one-joke story, but the joke works for me.
The wraparound story involving a boy and some school bullies is pretty lame, and so is the live-action incarnation of “The Creep” character played by makeup guru Tom Savini.
Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)