We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
After a decade of silence... The buzzz is back!
Young DJ Vantia Block is hosting a music show when two renegade hoodlums phone her and start making trouble. The situation changes rapidly as the kids drive to a passageway and get sawed to pieces by Leatherface while the shocked DJ listens the kids' screams. Local sheriff approaches Block and convinces her to play the recording made from the phone call on radio, hoping that the killers would show up.
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…
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…
A film that stepped off the beaten path to blaze its own trail! With a fierce ambition to be its own film it reckoned if the original could become an instant cult classic on a shoestring budget it could do the same with MORE!
MORE GUTS than you can shake a stick at!
I'll never be able to look at my electric carving knife in quite the same way ever again!
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).
Film #6 of Hoop-Tober.
After reading many positives reviews for this sequel, I was looking forward to watching it. I've got to say this was an embarrassment when compared to the original. Very disappointing.
One of my favorite horror films and one of my favorites of the 80's. Bat-shit crazy genre filmmaking at its finest.
Radio DJ terrorized by chainsaw-wielding cannibal family from the first film who have upped their production to support a chili-cooking business. Includes Dennis Hopper furiously wielding three chainsaws. Do I need to say more?
A dramatically different film than the original - black comedy-horror more than a straight horror film. The first had some elements of absurdist/surrealist comedy, but this has nothing to match the jaw-dropping OMG-ness of the first.
Vastly larger budget yields colorful, interesting sets with occasionally Argento-esque lighting - plus way more blood and gore. A giant, roadside-attraction theme park provides a stunning elaborate grotesque-comic setting. The interior was amazing beyond description.
Caroline Williams puts in a defining performance as DJ Stretch who manages to somehow charm…
Loved the characters, but felt that the story was dull. Not horrific enough and not comedic enough
Dennis Hopper saves this one. For the ninety-seventh time in his career, he plays a total wackjob. He's a maverick Texas ranger, a few steers short of a herd, completely obsessed with finally catching the chainsaw-wielding cannibals who terrorize the countryside. It's twelve years after the first movie and Leatherface and his screwball family are still chainsawing people for meat rather than just going to Safeway like everyone else. Dennis Hopper finally gets a lead when a short shorts-wearing lady radio DJ (Caroline Williams) happens to record audio of Leatherface carving up a couple of frat boys on their way to Dallas for Texas/OU weekend.
In this sequel to the classic, director Tobe Hopper ratchets up the gory gross-outs—gore master…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I put a spoiler tag on this but no one really cares about this film except for fans of the franchise.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is the 'sequel' to the horror masterpiece The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It is one of the most bizarre, misunderstood, underrated 'sequels' ever made When you have something as game changing as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, its pretty much guaranteed that someone somewhere is going to try to milk the franchise. Unfortunately for this film, the people who wanted a sequel to this film were Menahem Golan & Yoram Globus head of the infamous cannon films. This is one of the reasons people assume this is bad.
However if you able to look past…
"Yep. One of those boys was so crazy he sawed his own head off going 90 miles per hour."
One of the cardinal sins a horror film can commit is being dull. If it’s dull, it cannot be scary, and thus it loses its primary function. Same thing goes for a comedy—if it’s not funny, then it fails in what it sets out to do. Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is meant to be a horror-comedy hybrid, but ugh, what nonsense. Everything is so buffoonish, loud and tiresome that you could hardly raise a goosebump. The villains, in particular, look and act like caricatures from a third-rate comic strip, and you can never take them seriously as a result. As well, the self-parody (which Hooper was trying to exploit) is so on the nose that it lacks…
Oh my...this film was even more nuts than I remember. It can be kind of boring in the middle portion when Caroline Williams is just running around screaming, but once the finale comes with Dennis Hopper (who's out of his goddamn mind in this movie) battling Leatherface in a chainsaw vs. chainsaw battle and Caroline Williams starts fighting back, it reminded me why I used to adore this movie as a kid. If there had been a little more massacre thrown in to spice things up, this might've been a true classic.
Should have stopped with one.
What *is* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2? Is it the necessary exaggeration (and continuation) of the darkly comedic elements of Tobe Hooper's original film? Or is it a "fuck you" to fans wanting more of the same? I actually saw it for the first time before seeing the original, and the Breakfast Club-inspired VHS cover in no way prepared me for the raucous, silly, and violent nightmare within.
It's certainly entertaining, but retreads of scenes from the previous film fall flat, and while Dennis Hopper is unhinged, his character's lack of consistency become tiresome by the end. It's exactly what it wants to be - a Texas-tinged psycho-circus - but isn't a patch on the original.
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