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Creepshow 2 Blu-ray Review

Creepshow 2 Blu-ray

“Creepshow 2” is a top tier horror anthology film.

Penned by George A. Romero and based off of Stephen King’s stories, “Creepshow 2” is a 3 story horror anthology film. The film also contains a part live action and part animated wrap around story that involves a young “Creepshow” comic loving kid (Billy) who sends away for a Venus Flytrap in order to get back at the bullies who harass him. The host of the series (The Creep) makes an appearance as well.

The first story here is “Old Chief Wood’nhead” which is set in a small desert town. The plot involves three thugs who rob and murder an elderly couple (who own a general store). Instead of getting away with the crimes they committed, the criminals find themselves being preyed upon by the vengeful Old Chief Woodn’head (a Native American warrior statue who stands in front of the general store). 4 college kids’ trip to the lake becomes an absolute nightmare when they come face to face with a murderous massive black blob oil thing in the second story (“The Raft”). The third and final story sees a promiscuous rich married woman (Annie) being haunted by a hitchhiker that she killed in a hit-and-run accident.

The first “Creepshow” film is not only one of my favorite horror films, it’s also one of my favorite films period. It’s a perfect horror anthology film that pays tribute to the old EC comics. It doesn’t hurt that the film is a masterful collaboration between two horror geniuses (George A. Romero and Stephen King). While the sequel may not be on par with the first (few films are), it’s still a worthy follow-up.

Truth be told, all three stories are fun to watch here. ‘Chief’ may be a pretty standard revenge/slasher story on paper, but Romero and King deserve credit for adding the Native American material. That is not something we (as an audience) often see in a horror film. “The Raft” is the centerpiece of “Creepshow 2” and it’s the best short of the three. While the budget limitations are apparent, this is still an incredibly intense and nasty segment that is justifiably adored by horror fans. Last, but not least is “The Hitch-Hiker.” The plot is all too familiar, but Romero adds a comedically deranged spin to it all. The short is probably most notable for the line “Thanks for the ride, lady” which has become a somewhat popular catchphrase in the horror community.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? I have seen this film countless times and I blown away by the transfer. Granted, there are some noticeable dirt specs, but the animation and the live-action segments have never looked better.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. This track is much, much more lively than the audio tracks on past releases. A job well done!

No extras have been included.

Overall Thoughts: Every horror fan should own “Creepshow” and “Creepshow 2.”

October 28, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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