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.
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.
Arrow's limited edition boxed set is much more than this movie deserves and I love it. Tons of extras for the film itself plus Hooper's early feature debut Eggshells and short film The Heisters are on the all region bonus disc, and a 100-page book on the films and Hooper is also included. If you count yourself a fan make sure you grab this one before it's gone.
The first Texas Chainsaw Massacre film was one that not only a breath of fresh air for the horror genre, but also defined slashers for the decades to come, arguably influencing such slasher classics as Friday the Thirteenth and A Nightmare On Elm Street, among many others.
The The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a sad departure from the original, however. All of the cleverly crafted suspense that slowly crescendoed to that disturbing final act in the first film that we all remember a little too vividly is gone. There's no nuance in this instalment, no justification for the horrific imagery. The shifts from plot development to horror are so quick and jarring that the audience is left off-put, perhaps,…
A film I didn't really like when I saw it back in the '90s, this bizarre sequel has grown on me over the years to the point where I can honestly say that I love it. The Blu-ray looks fantastic and really shows off Tom Savini's excellent special effects, and Bill Moseley steals the show as Chop-Top, although Caroline Williams' denim shorts (and they are short) come a close second.
Lick my plate you dog dick!
A radio disc jockey is hunted and captured by a cannibalistic, chainsaw wielding, catering business. It's up to a coked up Dennis hopper to save her!
In the annals of horror movie history, Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre is considered as one of the biggies. It's usually one of those films discussed along with the likes of Psycho, Night Of the Living Dead, Halloween, Exorcist, and The Shining. And personally, I love the movie. It's very raw, brutal, and grisly. But it's also one of those movies where it's reputation precedes it. People think of it as gory, blood bath type of film. I know I did as a kid, which is why I watched it. But to be honest,…
"The saw is family"
Twice as fantastic as the first film.
More terrifying because the carnage happens on screen inside of out of scenes.
But if you really need one scene that will urge you to see this film, it would have to be the chainsaw battle between Dennis Hopper and Leatherface.
If that doesn't tickle your fancy, how about a drive-by chainsaw scene?
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a super rewarding film, backed up with an awesome soundtrack containing The Cramps and Oingo Boingo; and horrific scenes that are exciting and spellbinding.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is one of the only examples of a fantastic sequel to a horror film that doesn't ruin the integrity of the original.
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