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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.
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).
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!
One of my favorite horror films and one of my favorites of the 80's. Bat-shit crazy genre filmmaking at its finest.
Y'know, like The Goonies but with chainsaws.
The best possible direction to take this sequel, and an absolute joy from beginning to end.
"Number one, the Sawyers are number one!"
Strangely, I didn't find the transition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to a comedy for its sequel as strange a move as others did. As horrifying and harrowing as the original was, there were moments which were undeniably containing some (dark, dark) comedy. Yes, anyone looking for a true sequel to the original will be incredibly disappointed, but people keeping an open mind may find that they enjoy this film (it's kind of to TCM what Evil Dead II was to the original Evil Dead, though I think the tonal shift is even more extreme in this case). There are many things that will upset franchise purists (Leatherface being somewhat of a…
Watched the MGM BR. Man, this is taking me back. I must've watched this dozens of times as a child. The film is as strange and exciting as I remember it originally. I would argue that, at least in spirit, that you can feel the energy and spirit of the person who made the original film in this sequel, how he loves the wide lenses and the kaleidoscope color imagery and those hysterical moments of terror.
Although it's a bad movie, it is still the funniest one in the franchise and loads of fun to watch, to me. I never take it seriously and neither did Tobe Hooper. He knew he couldn't recreate the magic of the first one, so he went with making this one completely over the top; more gore, more cussing, more craziness, more laughs, more nonsensical action, and, most importantly in a horror, more terrible acting. Not to mention, the family's house in this one is way cooler. It's entertaining and something to help pass the time, but it's not meant to be anything game-changing, terrifying or legacy cementing. The first one had already done that. This is simply a director enjoying his work and trying to capitalize on the momentum he once had. The saw is family.
And, my God, the 1980s' style was so corny and cheesy.
Worth the watch.
I guess this is something of a cult classic, but I can't stand it.
Beyond weird, deliciously unhinged and wickedly funny. An astonishing change of tone from the first picture, this is a sequel with brains.
A note on the viewing: Viewed in HD from a new High Definition remastered version released in the UK by Arrow Video. The 2K remastered image quality is generally excellent. Very high on grain though that suits the look at feel of the movie.
Knowing that he could not top audience expectations for a sequel, and not wanting to make the same film twice. Hooper went the Evil Dead 2 route and made a goofy sequel.
Great gory fun with some awesome effects from Savini.
If this had a different title aka no association with the OG TCM, I would have enjoyed it 5,000 times more. Yes I'm aware of who directed this and all that.
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