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 best possible direction to take this sequel, and an absolute joy from beginning to end.
Madness at its very best.
A ridiculously entertaining horror movie. Great cinematography too.
A macabre masterpiece. Basically the perfect sequel, and close to being the perfect horror movie. The first fifteen minutes is amazing, and the film never drops in quality. All the sets are simply gorgeous. There is so much care and detail in all the locations that it is just as fun to scan each frame, as it is to follow the story. The lights underneath the carnival are incredible. I especially like when Stretch is running in the tunnel, the lights are perfect there.
Speaking of Stretch, Caroline Williams brings the thunder in this role. She is likeable, and also able to scream as well as the best of them. She is quite possibly my favorite horror movie heroine. I'm…
Although Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 strays from the first film in terms of style, it's still a great film in its own right.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a low-budget, genuinely terrifying film, while part 2 was budget-blown and comedic, not to mention stranger (chainsaw seduction?)...
Humor aside, this film is gory and violent! The set pieces were outstanding, particularly the underground "wonderland". The acting was decent as well. Even though Leatherface now has feelings and is significantly less frightening, there are still a few jumps and scares thrown in!
Highlights for me include a chainsaw-wielding Dennis Hopper, the singing 'talents' of chop-top and a certain hemorrhoid 'removal' discovery.
You have one choice, boy: sex or the saw. Sex is, well, nobody knows. But the saw, the saw is family.
This is a film that succeeds despite having everything working against it. The fact that Tobe Hooper wanted to make a full on dark comedy for the sequel is not one of them though. That decision was quite inspired. Tobe's only real mistake was getting involved with Cannon Films, but at the same time the film wouldn't have had it's "larger" budget otherwise.
The budget though was the first problem to arise for the film. It was given something around $5 million, and then roughly a week before filming began the budget was cut…
Almost as good as the original, with a strangely effective and satisfying sense of humor. Hooper is one of the greatest masters of atmosphere. The underground lair of the killers remains one of my favorite horror set pieces ever.
I can see it is one hell of a freakshow (and pretty gory, too), but this is just too much bullshit for me to put up with.
One plothole after the next (annoying ones) and no rhythm whatsoever, it gets boring more than once.
Why are horror sequels so often comedic than the originals? Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead II, Bride of Frankenstein. Perhaps it's because familiarity is the enemy of fear. We've seen Leatherface and his family, we know what they do (kill and eat people), and as a result they're no longer that frightening. Hooper wisely changes up the story - this time we're following a Texas law man (Dennis Hopper!), the uncle of the kids killed last time, who's looking for revenge, along with a radio host who's mixed up in it. However there are some plot problems, and Hopper, in the same year as Blue Velvet, is pretty reigned in for most of it, at least until he decides to fight madness with madness, chainsaws with chainsaws. Although it lacks the grim relentless pace of the original, there are still many decent scares and laughs, and some incredible batshit insane moments.
I consider The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) the best horror movie ever made. To me its raw documentary style presentation of nauseating grisliness make it film with a clear anti-violence message. When I watch it I feel like I'm going to throw up and that don't want to see what happens next.
For the most part a piece of light entertainment that generally has little to do with reality, Texas 2 is the opposite of the first in many ways. In it anything goes -- Hooper approaches the story as though Texas 1 didn't even exist, the geographic setting and the psychotic family are the only things that connect the two. This time the message is that extreme human misery…
I reviewed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 as part of the panel on Now Playing Podcast's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Movie Retrospective Series:
By 1986 horror was very much in the mainstream. Freddy and Jason were exceptionally profitable franchises, and so it was put on Tobe Hooper to return to Texas and bring back Leatherface and the family for a new generation. With Poltergeist to his credit, Hooper had horror cred, and with Dennis Hopper starring along with Bill Mosely and Jim Siedow returning from the original film, Leatherface seemed poised to take his place among 80's slasher icons Jason, Freddy, and Michael Myers. But Hooper's horror-comedy vision added a new twist to the family dynamic, resulting in one…
Probablemente la única de las secuelas de TCM que realmente vale la pena, aunque sea por el hecho de que el propio director Tobe Hooper dinamita su propia película convirtiendo la historia de la original en una comedia demencial, sangrienta y tan épicamente exagerada (ese Dennis Hopper...) que la coloca en el extremo opuesto del marcado realismo de la primera parte. De hecho el tono es muy similar al de otra película de Hooper, "The Funhouse", con la que comparte su ambiente carnavalesco afianzado por el hecho de que el escondite de los psicópatas es ahora un parque de atracciones abandonado. No es para todo el mundo, pero me parece una gran película mucho más recomendable que las repetitivas secuelas que vinieron después.
One of the more fucked up 80's horror films I've seen but at the same time hilarious.
I have always heard mixed things about this film and now after seeing it, I know why. It had a great set up and the end of it mirrored the first with some acts but it was over the top which is what I am sure that the director was going for. I personally am kind of glad I have never seen other ones because they will never measure up to the first one.
Tonight I finally saw this for the first time in years. The first time I did not care for it but this time around I definitely enjoyed it more. Sure it still seems overlong at times and some parts make no sense; that said, if you know going in this is a real dark comedy with great gore effects, then you'll probably enjoy it if you appreciate those things. There are at least memorable characters, moments, and one-liners.