First, the good: Director Michael Gornick is a stronger director than George A. Romero (who directed the 1982 original), so the stories are tighter and more entertaining, while the shortened running time improves on the original’s pacing issues. In the first story “Ol’ Chief Wooden Head,” the viewer is treated to a supernatural revenge tale with an effective setting and a number of fascinating shots, while “The Raft” is truly terrifying and hopeless with a killer ending. Finally, “The Hitchhiker” rises above the others thanks to a strong performance by Lois Chiles, and the vignette’s ever-escalating tension becomes downright unbearable. Overall it’s a little stronger than the first movie, but together they make terrific companions.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)