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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).
One of my favorite horror films and one of my favorites of the 80's. Bat-shit crazy genre filmmaking at its finest.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The best possible direction to take this sequel, and an absolute joy from beginning to end.
Y'know, like The Goonies but with chainsaws.
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."
As batshit crazy as any film in which the protagonist is forced to wear her mate's face while Dennis Hopper runs around underneath an amusement park with three chainsaws hacking the foundations away ... I guess.
Not as good as the first one but I think it's more fun to watch. Everything is stepped up a notch in this film, especially the gore. I enjoy this film a lot actually, it has one of my favorite characters from the film franchise and that's Chop Top played by Bill Moseley, he really brings most of the dark humor in this movie. I see that the tone of this film isn't the same as the first but I actually like that it isn't because I think it would be too much to have all that violence with a dark looking film so I like that it seems a little light at time. Finally I believe The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a great way to make a sequel to a horror film even though it can cause some problems with the fans.
Fucking crazy and scary and disgusting and hilarious and perfect!
Time for incoming mail!!!!!!!!!!
Lick my plate you dog dick!!!!!
Sequels often cannot live up to the promise of the original, not least because the last thing audiences really want to see is a pale imitation of the original.
There's some indication that, before studio bods decided they weren't happy, Hooper was in the process of making a horror comedy here. That being said, Tobe Hooper apparently felt the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre was hilarious, so his sense of humour is a little twisted to say the least.
There are admittedly some great moments in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, but they don't make up for the problems with the film as a whole. The scene where the female lead decides to use sex appeal to get Leatherface on her side felt particularly misjudged.
My original review is here:
Reviewed as part of a retrospective here:
The original is one of the most disturbing movies I've ever seen. The sequel is unsettling in its own right but like Evil Dead 2, veers more toward the absurdist. Bill Moseley doesn't get near enough credit for being a nightmare incarnate.
A bombastic, unhinged experiment in genre-blending. This subversive film finds a vessel for cynicism that differs from its predecessor's humorless ferocity. As he did in The Funhouse, Tobe Hooper shows a clear respect for Fellini through surreal set pieces and tonal disorentiation. A perpetually exploding disruption of expectations and tired rules.
I’m not the biggest fan of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and I did get some entertainment out of this, but this was a huge step down. Whereas Hooper’s direction in the original was immensely effective, here it seems unfocused and what we’re left with is a bunch of interesting elements that don’t come together in a satisfying way.
It’s clear that the film aims to be a horror comedy instead of a straight horror like the first film, but in all honesty I didn’t find it a whole lot funnier. The original gets some good dark humour out of the twisted dynamics of the cannibal family, but much of the humour here is too abrasive to click in…
So bewilderingly terrible it's hard to know what anybody was thinking. No atmosphere, no tension, no catharsis. Just a load of titting around with some sound effects. Poor old Tom Savini does his very best, but he needn't have bothered.
Uncut 35mm theatrical screening.
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