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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…
I heard this was much "different" than the original Tobe Hooper masterpiece, but I wasn't expecting such a baroque, thinly-cut slice of satire. Hilarious and vicious, this sequel forgoes docudrama terror for vast Carnival-Ride tunnels and Christmas light visions; an underground nightmare oozing blood and guts through vivid imagery. Its set design is an all-time achievement in terms of evoking a sweltering, neon horror. Every last passage and cavern leads to another unspeakable sight. If Hooper sprung the trap on American hysteria in TCM, it is here where the family unit slices and dices its inards.
Dennis Hopper is a legend. Bring it all down indeed.
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“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).
Post-punk grand guignol mania, all escalated designer violence, surely the ALIENS to the original's lo-fi terror in the way it wallows in the same excess it mocks. Is "chop opera" a thing? Texas forever.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is insane on so many levels.
Leatherface falls in love and does the waltz. Lefty is out for revenge and does his best Ash (Evil Dead) impersonation. Freddy vs. Jason? Fuck that, it's all about Leatherface vs. Lefty! Stretch is just trying to survive even if she has to seduce a mad man in-order to do so. Chop-Top eats his own skin and calls people dog dicks. Grandpa is somehow still alive and he still has butter fingers. The Cook makes the best chili in Texas. Scott Tetherman anyone?
TCM2 in many ways is a parody of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. TCM2 might not be the horror masterpiece that the first film is, but it's a hilarious with some scares and plenty of gross out moments. A film that must be seen to be believed.
Σεβαστή η επιθυμία του Hooper να μην επαναλάβει την ίδια φόρμουλα αλλά να αυτοαποδομήσει το δημιούργημα του, αν η ταινία μπορούσε όντως να ακροβατήσει ανάμεσα στο comedy και το horror. Αλλά το TCM2 δεν είναι Death Proof, ο Leatherface δεν είναι ο πλέον κατάλληλος χαρακτήρας για... κανιβαλισμό, και ο τραγελαφικός Dennis Hopper ας πούμε ότι δεν είχε και ιδιαίτερο κωμικό ταλέντο. Τι μένει; Ότι ο Μπούμπα βρήκε... γκόμενα!
A melhor versão de Alice no país das maravilhas.
"Watching all this madness unfold, one feels a real pang of sadness that Tobe Hooper’s career is so deep in-the-toilet. He certainly paved one of the most curious paths of anyone in Hollywood. As Hooper transitioned from the shell-shocked 70s to the debauched 80s, the naturalistic rhythms of his earlier work gave way to a deeply constructed (but no less vital) mis en scene composed of canted angles, two-color lighting schemes, and empty visual space; if you were feeling cheeky, you could say he morphed from horror’s Jean-Pierre Dardenne to its Jean-Pierre Jeunet."
Still can't believe I wrote 1200 words about this movie.
this film is the opposite of a bubble bath
I fucking dare you to watch this at a normal volume. Between the screaming, old man droning and Bill Moseley laughing the mute button never seemed more necessary.
Oh my kid banana! Back when I first saw this one I hated it. Truly hated it. Thing was that I could not marry the primal horror from the original Chainsaw film from 74 to this 86 sequel. Hated all the humor Bill Moseley brought as Chop Top. And Leatherface, one of the most terrifying characters ever from the horror genre now is in a business suit, bumping his saw against a girl's privates? Here Tobe goes for the gore like a maniac. Everyone forgets that the original had little gore but was huge in dread and horror. Well, I learned to relax a bit more and enjoy the sequel for what it is. It's like Rambo 2 or 3 to First Blood. A fun disposable sequel. Dennis Hopper has his moments too as the cop with revenge and chainsaws to grind.
"No secret, it's the meat. Don't skimp on the meat. I've got a real good eye for prime meat. Runs in the family."
I am surprised at how long it took to make a sequel to the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And what do you do when expectations are off the roof? You take the formula of the original and turn it on its head.
While the original had little to no budget and blood, this time you have Tom Savini helming the special effects department, and things get bloody and messy, and it is GLORIOUS!! The dark humor that was present in a small dose in its predecessor is amplified at 11, with almost Three Stooges interactions between the demented family of cannibals.
Acting wise, it goes from pretty mediocre to very hammy, with Dennis Quaid giving one of…
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