Creepshow 2 (DVD)
Released in 1987, Creepshow 2 is in some ways a time capsule. On the one hand, there are young athletic men running around in tiny swimsuits, the camera lingering on their glistening bodies in a way that is almost never seen in movies of today. On the other hand, there is a distinct whiff of Eau de Racism that we’d be better off without.
Creepshow 2 is composed of three Stephen King stories, loosely linked together by brief animated interludes. The final story, The Hitch-Hiker, has a complex protagonist played by the always brilliant Lois Chiles (Moonraker, Death on the Nile). The story has problematic elements, but Chiles flings herself into her role with such passionate commitment that I am recommending this film, with caution. The cast also includes Tom Savini, Dorothy Lamour, and George Kennedy -- and a fun little Stephen King cameo. Rated R.