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.
One of my favorite horror films and one of my favorites of the 80's. Bat-shit crazy genre filmmaking at its finest.
The best possible direction to take this sequel, and an absolute joy from beginning to end.
Y'know, like The Goonies but with chainsaws.
Madness at its very best.
You will be hard pressed to find a stranger, more nonsensical sequel. How did the Sawyer's go from a little modest farmhouse to some lair underground a stone castle??
Major kudos to Hooper for once again having the BEST first look at Leatherface - when he busts out of that room I jumped 3 feet.
This is a pure mania driven horror comedy. Every time Leatherface did his little chainsaw jig I died. I hope that was actually written in the script - "right before you kill someone raise the chainsaw up and shake your ass."
Bill Moseley is pretty great. His insults were solid. I can't wait until I'm in a situation where it'll be appropriate for me to call someone a "hog bitch."
"I'm the Lord of the Harvest."
Tobe Hooper made a pitch perfect parody of his own creation. Who else has done this?
Despite hearing warnings about Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 not being at all like the first one, in style or quality, I still wanted to see it, and for all that I thought it could be, I didn't expect that. In particular I didn't expect to be watching Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: Leatherface in Love, but ultimately this insanity of the whole thing actually held it together in a way that a coherent story would have failed.
Dennis Hopper plays an ex-lawman, hunting down the Chainsaw killers who he believes killed a member of his family (From the first film), but who the authorities don't believe exists. He meets a Radio DJ (Stretch), who has audio of one of their killings,…
Aka The Texas Penis Metaphor 2
Enjoyed this a lot more on this viewing.
This movie should be awful. First, it was made over a decade after the first movie. Second, while the original was beyond gritty this one has a much lighter tone. It starts off with a freaking Oingo Boingo song! Third, most of the original cast is gone and the way the family operates has changed dramatically. Everything about this screams awful sequel.
However, it's my favorite horror comedy of all time. It's a very different movie than the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, however it is just as enjoyable. Just for different reasons.
I'm going to review several versions of this film's release, going backwards chronologically. Hopefully it's labelled well enough you can dip in and grab the one you want.
REVIEW OF THE 2013 (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Blu-ray) from ARROW:
Truly a milestone, this may well be Arrow's best ever release (the Lifeforce Blu-ray [Limited Edition Steelbook] is another contender). It features 3 discs and one book, neatly grouped by a slipcase but in seperate books, making for an elegant package.
The artwork on the box is not my preference (to this day the only digital release of these films to use the Breakfast Club spoof artwork is the German Blu-ray, and no home video release has ever…
You can check out my review here
Solo los mercaderes ávidos de dinero y chiflados de la Cannon, Menahem Golan y Yoram Globus, podrían haber sido capaces de dar a Tobe Hooper la cobertura necesaria para hacer una secuela más hórrida y feroz que la original, pero incluyendo, para mayor espanto, bastante sátira y humor delirante. Una auténtica pesadilla "de autor" y uno de los momentos más genuinamente enfermos del cine de terror de los ochenta.
A harrowing dream-like festival of the bizarre, the sadistic and the humorous. A disturbing combination, an extraordinary film.
1 out of 5 (D)