"Creepshow 2" (citywide) is a cut-rate sequel from those two popular masters of horror, Stephen King and George Romero, that plays like leftovers. Fans of both deserve better.
The film consists of three King tales stitched together by some blah-looking animated sequences featuring an adolescent fan of "Creepshow" comic books who's plagued by a gang of bullies. (There are also a live-action prologue and epilogue featuring makeup and special-effects expert Tom Savini as our host, the ghoulish "Creep.")
The first tale finds a not-so-wooden cigar store Indian (Dan Kamin) avenging the murders of a nice older couple (George Kennedy and Dorothy Lamour) who run a general store in a dying Southwestern town.
The second--and the only one of the three stories that King has published--is the best. Four college kids (Paul Satterfield, Jeremy Green, Daniel Beer and Page Hannah, attractive newcomers all) swim out to a raft in an idyllic-looking lake marred by the most ominous oil slick imaginable. This vignette is effective because it's simple and suspenseful, but it's not enough to carry the whole movie.