This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.
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.
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…
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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…
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.
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).
Less rooted in atmosphere and more concerned with pure insanity, Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a horror sequel that actually manages to stand out on its own. Maybe it's not quite as iconic or memorable as the original classic, but there are elements to this film that worked on their own. The best thing is that Hooper doesn't try to bank off of the success of the original and instead creates a new tale loosely connected to the first film. Even better, Leatherface is given a bit of character depth as well, making him all the more of a sympathetic character that I somewhat imagined him as being in the first film.
A lot changes in twelve…
What a wonderfully bizarre and fun film. Everyone in this film is bonkers and it's completely entertaining.
I watched this again last night for the first time in a while, and was surprised by how much I didn't care for it. Aside from making Leatherface a total pussy, most of it is goofy as Hell.. In a pretty over the top and annoying way. That being said, Dennis Hopper rules, and I dig most of the soundtrack.
So many things to appreciate in this film. Caroline Johnson's great accent, the almost-contemptibly insane & elaborate Texas Battle Land set, Dennis Hopper buying chainsaws & the soundtrack being foremost among a lengthy list. If the first film is about the fear of the dark underbelly of America, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 reveals that underbelly as being essential to America (or at least Texas). Aside from the "heroic" character being willing to sacrifice lives just for a chance at vengeance, so many moments in Texas Battle Land read like a take down of American myth-making. Having a bleeding Davey Crockett mural being kicked in to reveal heaps of gore, limbs and viscera feels like a message sent to me.
One other aspect…
I recently wrote that House of 1000 Corpses is little more than Rob Zombie aping The Texas Chsinsaw Massacre. I stand corrected. It is Zombie blatantly ripping off TCM part 2.
"Small businessman always, always, always gets it in the ass!"
Sequels aren't supposed to be this good. Hilarious and disgusting, but mostly hilarious. Also, there's a chainsaw duel...
This film is so bonkers. I love it. The art design of the underground lair is truly next level madness.
This film is to the ethos of the 80s what the original was to the 70s and for that I deeply admire and totally dig it.
The original may the classic but this is my favorite! Wonderful black humor, awesome cinematography, acting ...just perfect
I was expecting to like this a lot more than I did. The set design of the family's underground lair is spot on.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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