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 Posted:   Oct 12, 2008 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   ahem   (Member)

I got the first movie out last night, hadn't seen it in years. I much prefer the sequel, which has scarier, nastier, darker stories all played straight and with none of that annoying comic book over-stylisation and self awareness that ruins Romero's movie.

Score wise, I know the first movie has a huge fanbase that the second one doesn't, but boy are these worlds apart. I love John Harrison's synth and steel drum tinged work on DAY OF THE DEAD, but CREEPSHOW to be hnest strikes me as a low rent, low imagination, unmemorable HALLOWEEN clone. The same looped piano note over and over again. Even the droney analogue synth ambience sounds like an amateur, lost on a keyboard. I also didn't care for the comedic orchestral bits dumped in without consistency.

CREEPSHOW 2 has a great score that's actually pretty consistent in it's musical ideas and tone compared to the first movie's score. Additionally, CREEPSHOW 2 had two composers from two completely different backgrounds!! Les Reed's loungepop-orchestral music sticks somewhere between the romantic horror of Douglas Gamley and the Amicus movies (which CS and CS2 the movies are clearly paying homage to) and Reed's own psychadelic loungey scores to films like GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE. The HITCHER segment might be the most all out fun horror-action cue of the 80s. Seperate to Reed's contributions, the additional score by Rick Wakeman- entirely synthesised, Tangerine Dream inspired droning- is appropriate, scary and even romantic again, especially the love theme during the RAFT segment (that oddly has an 80s Giorgio Moroder vibe to it).

I would love to hear what other genre fans here think of these two scores, particuarly the likes of AMERICAN NIGHTMARE.

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2008 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

I too liked the score as well. I had ripped the Creepshow 2 end credits. Great end credits. I loved the classical type piece, That'll cost you Mrs. Lansing!!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2008 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   tranzishun   (Member)

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 Posted:   Oct 12, 2008 - 1:51 PM   
 By:   tranzishun   (Member)

I got the first movie out last night, hadn't seen it in years. I much prefer the sequel, which has scarier, nastier, darker stories all played straight and with none of that annoying comic book over-stylisation and self awareness that ruins Romero's movie.

I can't quite recall the score to Creepshow 2 but I disagree with you about the movies. Creepshow 2 was a decent sequel but the first one still takes the cake IMO. I think the whole comic aspect of the movie works great. I mean after all it is comic horror. Creepshow 2 If i remember correctly also had more cartoonish interludes than the first. I think the stories were better written and acted and just.. well creepier in the first movie. Plus there are some well known actors who lend their talents. Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, Hal Holbrook.

Scorewise Im really only familiar with the first one and I think it's decent and works with the film. Is the Creepshow 2 score available?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2008 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   ahem   (Member)

George Kennedy, Dorothy Lamour and (most magnificently) Lois Chiles all star in CS 2.


Reed's WOODEN HEAD segment is beautifully sensitive and innocent, but his HITCHER segment score is a riot of unashamed, pure fun parody!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2020 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   Moonlit   (Member)



Oh look, it's The Tarp Monster lol. big grin The original for me by a long stride.

 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2020 - 6:57 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Gotta say that the sequel is noticeably cheaper looking than the original, but it has its moments. The orchestral music in "Old Chief Woodenhead" is marvelous.

 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2020 - 7:33 PM   
 By:   Hedji   (Member)

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the original poster is out of their mind.

Creepshow 2, the film, loses all the fun and colorful aesthetic that made the first one so memorable. Creepshow 2 does not feel like an E.C. comic, which was the whole point.

I get that these days, people prefer "darker" horror, but the original Creepshow is a masterpiece.

And I'm sorry, but I'm losing my mind over

" I also didn't care for the comedic orchestral bits dumped in without consistency."

The library music was there before John Harrison's synth. They are classic Capitol Hi-Q tracks, which were chosen for their old timey (yet very cool flavor), again appropriate for the source material. In fact, they were hand picked by Cinematographer Michael Gornick, who is a really terrific guy. Mr. Gornick also happened to be the director of... Creepshow 2.

Romero's use for library cues goes back to Night of the Living Dead, which even shares cues with Creepshow. I'd also argue that Dawn of the Dead's similar use of library cues give it a subtlety that make it stronger than if it only had the Goblin score (see the Argento Cut).

I could keep going. Creepshow is my favorite horror film, and I won't change anyone's mind who prefers the sequel.

But if you're dismissing Harrison's electronics as repetitive, or the library music of Creepshow as comedic and inconsistent, you just aren't listening hard enough.

 
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