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The sequel to the classic 1982 horror anthology Creepshow is a bit of a mixed bag. A smaller budget lowered the number of stories from five to three, and they also couldn't afford to do as many of the "comic book effects" as they had on the first movie.

The aforementioned three stories are:

  1. Old Chief Wood'nhead - Ray and Martha Spruce run a general store in the town of Dead River, when a delinquent Navajo teen, Sam Whitemoon, and his hoodlum friends rob them and kill them. Sam and his buddies think they got away, but Old Chief Woodn'head, the cigar store Indian Ray has kept all these years, comes alive and decides to scalp himself some ornery teenagers.
  2. The Raft - College students Deke, Randy, Laverne and Rachel head to isolated Cascade Lake to smoke weed and get freaky on a wooden raft, only to find themselves preyed upon by a flesh-eating muck monster that covers the surface of the water like a malignant oil slick. Based on a short story by Stephen King from Skeleton Crew.
  3. The Hitchhiker - Wealthy and spoiled Anne Lansing is cheating on her husband, George, and in her effort to beat him home one night so he won't get suspicious, Anne speeds and winds up running down an innocent hitchhiker. Rather than stay and take responsibility for her actions, Anne chooses to flee the moment she sees other cars approaching. The other people (including, ironically, George) don't notice her because they stop to try and help the hitchhiker, who has unfortunately died. Anne is confident she got away undetected, but soon finds herself relentlessly pursued by the undead hitchhiker, who really, really wants a ride. Enough to kill for it.

    The film also has a partly-animated Framing Device featuring the Creeper and a bullied boy named Billy (whose Name's the Same as the boy in the first film.)

Tropes used in this film:

  • All There in the Manual: The lead bully is identified as "Rhino". His name is carved into the wooden fence when his gang first appears in the film.
  • Artistic License – Cars: At the end of The Raft, we see the car on shore with its radio still playing. After a whole day and night of continuous playing without running the alternator, the car's battery should have given out.
  • Asshole Victim: But of course! Sam Whitemoon and his two goons in Old Chief Wood'nhead, arguably everyone except Rachel in The Raft, and Anne in The Hitchhiker. Not to mention the bullies from the Framing Device.
  • Between My Legs: Used in a shot during the end of the movie, shortly before the flytraps appear.
  • Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts
  • Back from the Dead: The nameless hitchhiker.
  • Blob Monster: The carnivorous "oil slick" in "The Raft".
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  • Burp of Finality: The blob monster from "The Raft" burps after it has devoured all four protagonists.
  • Car Fu: How Annie tries to dispatch of the zombie hitchhiker, with the assistance of a tree.
  • The Determinator: The Hitchhiker from the segment "The Hitchhiker" is pretty persistent.
  • Death by Irony: Sam Whitemoon really values his head of hair, and even says it's going to get him "paid and laid. He's scalped by Old Chief Wood'nhead.
  • Deranged Animation: All the characters in the animated bumper segments, especially the blond boy Billy.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Randy molesting Laverne in her sleep instantly turned him from the Only Sane Man in a group of jerks to an Asshole Victim that deserved to be eaten by the blob monster.
  • Facial Horror: By the time the Hitchhiker finally settles the score with Anne, all that's left of his face is extremely bloody mulch with two eyeballs dangling down from their sockets. Also what happens to Laverne when the Blob Monster engulfs her head.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The end of The Raft reveals that there was a No Swimming sign right next to their car. Somewhat justified, since said object was covered by bushes, but the audience could reasonably see it, so could the characters. Then again, it's doubtful they would have heeded it.
  • Fold Spindle Mutilation: Happens to Deke when the Blob Monster pulls him through the floor of the raft.
  • Groin Attack: Inflicted by Billy to the lead bully with a kick that most place-kickers would envy.
  • Horror Host: The Creeper, who is a more active and visible character than in the first movie.
  • It Can Think: The Blob Monster from the raft seems to have enough presence of mind to ambush its victims, settling underneath the raft and squeezing itself partially between the logs, keeping said victims on alert and wearing them down mentally to make them easier to catch and kill.
  • Idiot Ball: Randy in The Raft. For most of the segment, he's the only intelligent person around, taking immediate alarm of the blob when it first appears. Then he inexplicably does some really stupid things that get both him and LaVerne killed.
  • Immune to Bullets:
    • Old Chief Wood'nhead gets blasted at least once by Sam's shotgun; it doesn't even faze the chief.
    • The hitchhiker, being undead, has this too.
  • Instant Turn-Off: The segment "The Raft". Two teenagers (a boy and a girl) are trapped on a raft in the middle of a lake by a monster living in the water. While the girl is asleep, the boy starts groping her in a sexual way. The girl turns over, revealing that the monster has seeped through the raft and dissolved part of her face, terrifying the boy.
  • Karmic Death:
    • Sam is very vain about his hair in Old Chief Wood'nhead. Care to guess how the titular chief kills him?
    • Randy in The Raft is fairly smart and likable up until he molests LaVerne in her sleep instead of waking her up so she can be on guard against the blob, which directly leads to her death and keeps us from feeling sorry for his dumb ass when the blob gets him, too.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The Chief vandalizes Andy's Cool Car before killing him.
  • Magical Native American: Benjamin Whitemoon.
  • Mook Horror Show: Old Chief Wood'nhead's rampage is shown from the perspective of his victims like in a more traditional slasher movie. The big difference is that the "slasher" is the good guy here.
  • Muck Monster
  • Mythology Gag: In The Raft, Laverne wears a Horlicks University t-shirt. Horlicks University was the college in The Crate in the first film.
  • Nice Hat: Ben Whitemoon sports one.
  • Oh, Crap!: The bullies, when they find out Billy wasn't fleeing to the abandoned lot.... he was luring them there to be devoured.
  • Outside Ride: Happens twice to the zombie hitchhiker: one ride on the roof with his hand pinned by the sunroof, the other a ride on the hood after he crawls up from underneath the undercarriage, leading to the Car Fu moment above.
  • Palate Propping: The lead bully manages to hold the maw of the giant Venus flytrap open to prevent it from swallowing him, but only for a few seconds.
  • Pungeon Master: The Creeper in the animated host segments.
    Creeper: It's amazing that you boors and ghouls keep coming back for more. You must be gluttons for pun-ishment!
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Old Chief Wood'nhead.
  • Rule of Scary: We know next to nothing about the blob in "The Raft". We don't know if it was man made, something from another planet, or supernatural. All we know is that it's a man-eating predator that wont stop till its hunger is desired.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Rachel in "The Raft." Being the first to go, she isn't around long enough to show any of the Jerk Ass qualities of her friends, and the source material also makes her out to be the most likable of the teenagers.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Andy's death by tomahawk in "Old Chief Wood'nhead."
  • Shout-Out: "Spruce" is Tabitha King's maiden name.
  • Slasher Smile: Billy, when the venus flytraps eat the bullies
    "They eat meat!"
  • Soundtrack Dissonance:
    • 'The Hitchhiker's rampage is accompanied by music that's less 'scary' than 'completely rocking out'.
    • The final few minutes of the theme over the closing credits do not belong in a horror movie.
  • The Savage Indian: Old Chief Wood'nhead, and with good reason.
  • The Savage South: Where Old Chief Wood'nhead resides.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Sam Whitemoon and his buddies.
  • Tempting Fate: When you are only six inches out of the water, don't taunt the flesh-devouring abomination unless you are 100% sure it can't come on shore.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Randy should have waited till he made it to the car and drive off before taunting the blob monster. Annie really shouldn't have fled the scene of an accident.
  • Vanity License Plate: Anne's Mercedes and George's BMW ('LANSING 1' and 'LANSING 2')
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The small, redheaded bully disappears at some point just before his buddies get themselves devoured by gigantic Venus Flytraps.
    • There is a small possibility he barely made it out while the rest of the bullies got eaten.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Part of what kickstarts the plot of "The Hitch-Hiker" is Annie's race to get home from her lover's house before her husband does, leading to the death of the hitchhiker.


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