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).
One of my favorite horror films and one of my favorites of the 80's. Bat-shit crazy genre filmmaking at its finest.
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.
I don't get this movie nor do I get the majority of Rob Zombie's filmography which clearly was influenced by Hooper's desire to mix dark comedy, gore and histrionics. I'm sorry, horror film fans. Really, I am since I know there's a huge following behind this one. Having characters scream obscenities and say vile things over and over ad nauseam does not equate to horror (or dark comedy) in any way for me. I just kept waiting for something to amuse or entertain me, but sequences get drawn out to exhaustive tendencies. I enjoyed Dennis Hopper for the most part at least (he sure had a hell of a year), but not really much else at all.
Comedy has been a part of the horror genre since the early days of the Universal Horror films in which they would incorporate comedic bits to relieve the tension. By the mid-1980s studios released a variety of horror comedies, like Re-Animator, Return of the Living Dead, Fright Night, House and Night of the Creeps. Why? Well, these films dealt with supernatural threats. In the early 80s slasher films were popular. A guy with a knife scared audiences. Vampires and werewolves do not exist and were probably considered too ridicules to be taken seriously.
At this point director Tobe Hooper had signed a three-picture deal with Cannon Films, and one of the films was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Hooper probably…
As fierce and horrifying as anything in the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Part 2 ups the ante by not only acknowledging it's predecessor, but by adding a comic layer that makes the terror all the more palpable. Where the original wrought dread and despair, Part 2 forces you to confront the sick fuckery of your own self. What does it mean when you laugh at the idea of Leatherface having a crush? What does it mean when a scene between Stretch (Caroline Williams), our protagonist, and Leatherface is at once terrifying and erotic? This is a great film, and one of the great sequels of all time because - while it acknowledges and continues the legacy of the original - it boldly embraces it's differences and becomes something all its own in the process.
The Sawyer family. A group of cannibals consisting of patriarch Drayton 'Cook' Sawyer, the hitchhiker, Vietnam vet chop-top, wheelchair bound grandpa and, of course, the imposing figure of Leatherface, a large chainsaw wielding monster who uses human skin for face masks.
Detective Lefty (Dennis Hopper) has been on the hunt for this family ever since his nephew and niece were terrorized by them over a decade prior. A new clue is unearthed when small town DJ Stretch (Caroline Williams) inadvertently records a highway murder performed by the incomparably horrific Leatherface.
From here on in, a deluge of vulgar violence assaults the senses and the film becomes a non stop thrill ride that feels like a cheap and nonsensical reincarnation rather…
F! This Movie
31 Days of Horror - Day Thirty
devolves brilliant horror icon into slapstick humor
The original film in my opinion is disturbingly brilliant. Easily one of the films that has inspired me as a filmmaker especially in regards to my horror short films. I was very excited to one day see this film.
I finally did. With a larger budget Tobe Hooper decided to go the more over the top comedy route with this film. I think that is the films downfall because it really took away from the horrific situation the characters find themselves in. But it does mean the movie isn't watchable.
This film actually is very entertaining. You really have to leave your brain at the door for this film.
Overall I was very let down by this film. Maybe that is because of my own expectations. But it is still a watchable and entertaining gorefest. Just could have been a million times better.
Probably the weirdest mix I've ever seen of strong and weak elements, presented as brashly as possible. Nowhere near the movie the first was, but not exactly ignorable, either. The 80s fucked everything up.
It's a tale as old as time itself.
Boy meets girl. Boy terrifies girl with chainsaw. Girl mesmerizes boy with short-shorts. Boy simulates making love to girl with chainsaw. Boy loses girl. Girl follows boy. Boy catches girl following and makes her wear her friend's face over her own. It just goes on and on like every other romantic comedy, but it works here.
It was also inspired casting having Dennis Hopper as the somewhat unhinged lawman with the chainsaw carrying bandoliers.
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