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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
After a decade of silence... The buzzz is back!
A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.
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…
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.
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It's campy, it's crazy, it's funny and on top of all that it's a good lookin' movie.
I'm slightly ashamed that it took me this long to see this sequel. I loved the original as a teenager and I guess I just always assumed the sequel would be unnecessary and disappointing.
I have no problem admitting when I'm wrong and I was really fucking wrong about this one.
This time around you have Dennis Hopper chasing those backwoods cannibals across Texas and Caroline Williams as the radio DJ who gets caught up in the middle.
Then there's Bill Mosely as Chop Top, Leatherface's batshit insane hippy brother with a metal plate on his scalp and an appetite for his own…
I know what they were trying to do, and I respect the filmmakers for going against the grain and delivering a sequel which feels wholly original standing next to the first installment, but it just doesn’t work. Texas Chainsaw 2 borders on self-indulgence to a point which might make even Rob Zombie blush. The scenery chewing goes on for far too long here and everything just becomes so grating. Not to mention the fact that Leatherface looks like an absolute joke…or was that the point? I don’t know and I really don’t care. Bill Moseley’s performance saves a little face, pun intended, but not enough to make this a worthwhile successor to something as groundbreaking and primal as TCM.
hated everything about it from the opening scene onwards, terrible, comedy that wasn't funny, gore that wasn't gory and absolutely no scares, slight and pretty incoherent story even the soundtrack was annoying....what were they of
"Lick my plate, you dog dick!" - Chop Top.
Over the years my relationship with this crazy film has gone from totally hating it, to being indifferent towards it, to going back to hating it, to finally embracing it for it's sheer lunacy and lampooning of everything '80s. God bless Cannon Films!
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 is certainly one of the most polarizing sequels of the 80s; this is largely because of how it willingly eschewed the raw, gritty, cinema verité qualities of the 1974 original. This time, Tobe Hooper and L.M. Kit Carson opted for a brutally demented, blackly comic, anarchic gore-fest. It's so bizarre over-the-top that it can easily be perceived as something of a conscious…
I like you Texas Chainsaw 2, but I want to like you more.
Bat shit crazy brilliance !
Absolutely insane sequel to the comparatively understated TCM1. Features a chainsaw duel between Leatherface and Dennis Hopper.
Exchanges the unsettling sweaty down-to-earth ambiance of the original for a garish showy veneer (80s!) that allows the film to fully indulge in a sick sense of humor (cf. Leatherface pantomiming like Jackie Mason doing a "take my wife" bit when his dad tells him to bring Stretch over to Grandpa and the hammerin' bucket) and, in some instances, push even further than the original (cf. that unsettling bit with the chainsaw and Stretch's shorts and Leatherface's performance issues) (or Stretch's unfortunate face-to-face with LG) (or even that poor yuppie's scalp). The cinematic equivalent of Tobe Hooper chucking a can back at rowdy meatheads & shooting a complete stranger not involved in the melee a dirty look. (I'll leave it up…
I'm going to defend this movie a bit here. Is it a good movie? No. Is it a good sequel? Fuck no, it shits on the entire mythos of Leatherface and his family in the first one. But on it's own, its actually pretty enjoyable at times. You get good gore from Tom Savini, you get a presumably coked out of his mind Dennis Hopper delivering a performance that gets increasingly more outrageous as the movie progresses, and you get some genuinely funny moments. I laughed so hard when Dennis Hopper is hacking the shit out of that log with a chainsaw. It made me think of how mad my boss would have been if he caught me using equipment…
What a strange strange boring film. Dennis hopper goes around slashing beams that don't provide any structural support for a solid 10 minutes.
A blend of personal favorites and films that I consider to be the "greatest" (as well as some of my…
I tried, but it is virtually impossible for me to rank this list. The ones on the top are my…