General assessment--Creepshow 2

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Neil W

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The horror story lends itself to the short story format as readily - more readily, perhaps - as it does to the novel. Hence the fact that we see more anthology films featuring horror stories than any other genre.

Stephen King writes doorstop sized novels, many of which have been filmed: he has also written many short stories, and it is pleasing to note that a number of them have been collected into anthology movies.

The second movie to wear the Creepshow badge (emulating the EC horror comics of the 50s) anthologises 3 short stories from the Skeleton Crew era. They are perfectly enjoyable short stories, filmed perfectly well. This is one of the better movies to adapt King's horror works, maybe because it keeps the light touch and tongue in cheek humour of the originals in mind.
 

guido tkp

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#2
yeesh !

really ??

sorry, pard...but with all due respect...this one, while nice in moments, isn't a flea on the hind side of it's predecessor...
this could've been so much better if it had some real talent behind the lense...

as it is...it's like ordering up a Nathans Hot Dog...and getting a cocktail weenie...WITHOUT the mustard !!

and...what they did to 'the creep' in this one ??

blasphemy !!!
 

Rrty

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Because of the image of "The Raft," I have to ask, was there a comic adaptation of the second "Creepshow?" I wasn't aware of one.

I liked "Creepshow 2" to some degree, but it definitely isn't as exceptional as the first film (I would love to know if King wrote actual stories, besides "The Raft," to serve as a basis for the other two tales, or did he write little treatments, maybe even a logline, instead?). I really love that movie. It helped foster a love of horror comics for me. I'm not kidding -- I so much enjoy going down to my local comic book shop and purchasing random horror-anthology titles. I am reading right now a collection called "Chamber of Chills" put out by Harvey Horror. Sometimes, nothing is better than reading something like that.

Would love to see King and Romero come together for another cinematic issue of "Creepshow," but I know that will never happen.
 

DanishReader

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#11
King sent Romero some handwritten scenarios/synopses (even with dialogue here and there), then Romero scripted them. These were the wrap-around story, Old Chief Wood'nhead (which was once attempted as a prose story that King never finished), Pinfall and The Hitch-Hiker (Hitch-Hiker was a leftover from the first Creepshow). In the first draft, The Cat From Hell was included, but it, together with Pinfall, got scrapped. Cat From Hell appeared in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie.
 

muskrat

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Because of the image of "The Raft," I have to ask, was there a comic adaptation of the second "Creepshow?" I wasn't aware of one.

I liked "Creepshow 2" to some degree, but it definitely isn't as exceptional as the first film (I would love to know if King wrote actual stories, besides "The Raft," to serve as a basis for the other two tales, or did he write little treatments, maybe even a logline, instead?). I really love that movie. It helped foster a love of horror comics for me. I'm not kidding -- I so much enjoy going down to my local comic book shop and purchasing random horror-anthology titles. I am reading right now a collection called "Chamber of Chills" put out by Harvey Horror. Sometimes, nothing is better than reading something like that.

Would love to see King and Romero come together for another cinematic issue of "Creepshow," but I know that will never happen.
Everything you just said--ditto. Especially the bit about Havey Comics' Chamber of Chills. That's great horror comics right there, along with Witches Tales, Black Cat Mystery, and Tomb of Terror. Of all the E.C. imitators, they were some of the best. Great art by the likes of Nostrum, Powell, Palais. Some gory stuff, that gave rise to parental concerns and the formation of the *choke!* COMICS CODE...

As for Creepshow 2, it isn't as good as the original, but like Rrty sez, it helped turn me on to horror comics. And c'mon, Guido--the Creep was cool. That was Tom Savini under all that make-up.
 
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Silhouette86

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#14
I enjoyed Creepshow 2. On a level of how well-made it was, I wouldn't say that this one scared me. The thing about this one is that it was trying to appeal to the comic style as opposed to just creepy in Creepshow. For some reason the musical score in this one seen seemed off, out of place.
 
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Doc Creed

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Nov 18, 2015
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#16
Much of it was filmed in Maine -- you'll see some familiar geography especially in The Hitchhiker segment. King's administrative assistant at the time has a cameo as the mother of one of the kids in Old Chief Wood'nhead, though she's only seen from the back from a distance, watching TV while the kid sneaks out of the house.
The Hitchhiker was my favorite. Thanks for the insider scoop, I didn't know that.
 
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Mr. Cranky

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Feb 18, 2013
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I was in my last year at High School when I saw it at the movies when it came out in 1982. I think I had three beers before hand on the Saturday I saw it. I like the one with Hal Holbrook in it 'The Crate' because I think Holbrook always makes a good baddy/suspicious character. Back then even though I had read a handful of Stephen King books by then I had know idea that the fellow playing Jordy was the man himself.
 

Dynamo

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#18
Didn't stack up to the first but it wasn't a disgrace or anything. If nothing else you get to see Dr. Holly Goodhead with her shirt off, something you don't normally get to see unless you destroy Drax's space station.
 
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