'Creepshow 2: Limited Edition' [Blu-ray]
(Tom Savini, Stephen King, George Kennedy, Dorthy Lamour, Holt McCallany, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1987) 2016 / Arrow Films)
Overview: Three more bone-chilling tales that include a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and a hitchhiker who wants revenge and will not die.
Blu-ray Verdict: Throughout time (OK, well, since it debuted in 1987), people from all walks of life, from all businesses, have given this sequel a lot of heat, but I have to say something in it's defense it was made by New World Pictures - not the big Warner Bros. Ergo, it didn't have nearly the budget of the first one and still captured half the cheesiness/charm.
In the first one we were treated to Ted Danson, Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, E. G. Marshall and Stephen King in an over-the-top extended cameo. Here's the good news: Stephen King is back! Bad news: Only for a few moments. As with any anthology horror film, the first segment is practically skip-worthy.
Segment 1 - "Old Chief Wood'nhead" - George Kennedy and Dorothy Lamour are an old couple trying to make their business work in a deserted ghost town. They get threatened by Hollywood-bound Indians (paid and laid for their hair!), a cigar-selling Indian statue comes to life and then avenges via gore and slaughter.
Segment 2 - "The Raft" - Four kids (2 girls, 2 guys) ditch school to spend the afternoon on a floating log raft in the middle of nowhere in order to get stoned. So, what you have here is a cool couple now hanging out with a nerd couple - just like in every 80's flick, of course. Anyway, everything is fine until this huge floating Hefty garbage bag starts to eat ducks near the raft. The nerd girl is intrigued by it so she investigates.
Well, I won't give it away, but at least this one has a slight notion of a shock ending after finally showing some much-needed horror boobage!
Segment 3 - "The Hitchhiker" - Long story short, a lady hits and kills (?) a hitchhiker. "Thanks for the ride, Lady! Thanks for the ride", is the best line here, for sure, but as bad as this last segment is, and as much as it lacks any dark humor, it is rather damn freaky! Oh, and stay glued until the end because there is a wonderful cartoon ending!
Overall, equal parts comedy and horror, it's not that bad a sequel, and upon viewing once again here on crsytal clear Blu-ray quality transfer, I'm guessing that the last segment is the one that people will and/or still talk about. It's fun, it's gory and just the right amount of cheesy. "Thanks for the ride, Creepshow 2. Thanks for the ride." This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
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
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