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A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is angrier, bleaker and more focused on carefully and hilariously collaborated satirization. If the first film was at its base level a portrait of evil within a time full of outside fears but ignorant to the internal, Tobe Hooper's sequel is an all out attack on both the outskirts and the interior on American culture; the Reagan administration and the vast rise of familial crimes gets it the worst, but as do those willing to turn to apathy on it all. The first film may have been a black comedy in Hooper's eyes, but it's hardly a film anyone else - who's sane - could view as amusing. This, however, is a nutty riot of…
I heard this was much "different" than the original Tobe Hooper masterpiece, but I wasn't expecting such a baroque, thinly-cut slice of satire. Hilarious and vicious, this sequel forgoes docudrama terror for vast Carnival-Ride tunnels and Christmas light visions; an underground nightmare oozing blood and guts through vivid imagery. Its set design is an all-time achievement in terms of evoking a sweltering, neon horror. Every last passage and cavern leads to another unspeakable sight. If Hooper sprung the trap on American hysteria in TCM, it is here where the family unit slices and dices its inards.
Dennis Hopper is a legend. Bring it all down indeed.
Part of Hoop-Tober
“Hell. Hell’s exactly what they raised.”
One of life’s fundamental truths is that anticipation—the limitless imaginary filigrees that accompany the expectation of something happening—is frequently superior to actual experience. One visualizes each upcoming adventure as its best possible version, only to be faced with the often disappointing reality. The dream is so much better than the awakening.
It's a fundamental truth of horror films as well. The camera gliding down a dimly lit hallway is unbearably tense, carrying with it nervous excitement as to what might lurk just around the corner. But the monster’s revelation often comes with a thud—it’s not as scary as the monster in our minds. The same applies to the horror sequel, which…
how can other movies even compete?
There really isn't anything quite as disappointing as when you go a while without watching one of your past favorite horror films and it just is not quite as good as it once was for you. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is still a hell of a lot of fun but I am not sure if I can still say that I enjoy it more than the original (I didn't say it is better than the original, just that I used to have more fun with it/liked it more).
Post-punk grand guignol mania, all escalated designer violence, surely the ALIENS to the original's lo-fi terror in the way it wallows in the same excess it mocks. Is "chop opera" a thing? Texas forever.
Hooptober Part 3, Film: 1
ITS OCTOBER BITCHES!!!!! I'm participating in Cinemonster's annual Hooptober. This is my first year so, I don't know if this is going to be a blast or a challenge. I hope this is fun and willing to participate in the future. I have films in my list that follow the rules but, whatever. I love Horror. Halloween is the best holiday. So, let's be sickos and watch people in nightmarish situations for pleasure.
I was supposed to start with the Resident Evil franchise but, my friend Mr. Sextrain hyped the shit out of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 so, I started with the Tobe Hooper film.
The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is deemed as the…
Making a satisfying sequel over a decade after the last one is no easy task. For every Toy Story 3 or Mad Max: Fury Road there are ten Independence Day: Resurgences.
So how does Tobe Hooper, twelve years later, craft a follow-up to his masterpiece that would evoke the same feelings?
He doesn't. He doesn't even try. The first film came out at just the right time to capture the cultural zeitgeist of 1970s disillusionment. It was perfect in isolation, but it took it a step further by being in the right place at the right time. Truly lightning in a bottle. It couldn't be replicated, so the sequel had no choice but to veer off into an entirely different…
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 should be an unmitigated disaster.
As a belated sequel to a legitimately ground-breaking and still panic-inducing original, it’s already got a lot of black marks against it. Tellingly, the film is produced by those shameless shit-peddlers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus of Cannon Films – when that blue logo lurches out at you, piece-by-piece, it’s as accurate an indicator of an incipient crap-fest as any logo in the history of the medium, and for a good while so it proves. TCM2’s opening act is a disaster, sporting some of the most contrived situations and stupid characters in the history of a genre that hasn’t covered itself in glory in this area, and is legitimately…
A completely illogical and unnerving exercise in style that can't sustain any energy or innovation past its first act.
There's basically nothing going on past its set-up, which is wildly inventive and scary, and everything else following is obnoxiously monotonous.
A Texas haunted house ride coated in layers of grime. Had a lot of fun watching this one and have a new found appreciation for it.
The fact that Dennis Hopper starred in this is worth top marks on it's own.
This is the rare movie that may actually be worse (or at least harder to sit through) in a theater than at home. What seems like a pleasantly batshit excursion into Tobe Hooper's uniquely macabre (and Texan) sense of humor on the small screen becomes overwhelmingly loud and ultimately grating on the big one - I used to not understand why people hated this, now I do. Give it a try on Blu-ray, though, perhaps with frequent pauses to look up bands and/or Dennis Hopper anecdotes on the internet, you may find it more rewarding.
Or ... I just wasn't in the right mood for it last night.
Hilarious, and far more perverse than I remembered.
how can other movies even compete?
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