The 1980's manifested the peak of Capitalist Realist Horror Satire, an inversion of 1950's fears of Communist Mind control, relocated…
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).
i cannot get enough of watching dennis hopper go to town on all that wood
"BRING IT ALLLLLL DOWWWWNNNNNN!
BRING IT ALLLLLLLLL DOWWWWWNNNNNNNN!!
BRING IT ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL DOWWWWWNNNNNNNNNN!!!"
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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Combines the garish lighting and slapstick humor of Eaten Alive with the nightmarish fairground of The Funhouse.
Ultimately, I don't know what to make of the manic humor in the film. It's certainly not satirical, more gonzo looney-tunes than anything. At times it's wonderfully delirious, like Dennis Hopper's mentally compromised avenger, or the sequence where Stretch talks to a man while wearing his face. And yet other times it's absolutely grating and annoying, with the character of Chop-Top being the biggest offender.
When The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 finally came together with original director Tobe Hooper on board, it did so very quickly, and it was as a whole ‘nother thing. A carnival of carnage. A hard left-turn sequel. Full of eye-popping color, dark but silly humor, a surprising amount of action including a chainsaw duel, and buckets of gore. In short, it was everything the original was not.
Blu-ray Review: cinapse.co/2016/04/21/texas-chainsaw-massacre-part-2
“It’s like death eating a cracker, isn’t it?”
What. A. Hoot. There is nothing I enjoy more than a movie that revels in taking the piss out of itself. The first TCM didn’t do much for me so I was hesitant to give this a shot; but when that first kill happens 10 minutes in on an Oingo Boingo song... On. Fucking. Board. Hopper uncaged, gorgeous 80's color palette, unrelenting, doesn't waste a scene, always in the driver's seat.
I watched this with my girlfriend and we had apple cake and laughed a lot and it was perfect.
This sequel to Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror classic (which was actually very funny in a dark macabre way) goes even further into screwball territory (I mean, the original poster for the film was a riff on The Breakfast Clubs).
When I first saw TCM 2 in the 80s I was letdown because I didn't expect to it to be such an all out comedy. The disturbing dread and suspense of the first film was replaced with things like a) a Sonny Bono wig wearing Hitchhiker now called Chop Top b) Leatherface and his crush on a radio DJ c) Chili cookoffs and d) Dennis Hopper's insane character/revenge plot. That said, over the years I've rewatched both movies many times and now I can sort of enjoy Part 2 more for how it increases the laughs and gets really zany.
How this movie manages to be just as upsetting as the first one while simultaneously being super silly is beyond me.
The Scream Factory blu-ray rules.
Blu-ray just came out. I don't know why I love this film so much...there's tons wrong with it. But it really sticks with me.
"The small businessman takes it in the ass every time."
All the things that don't work in this movie (Stretch and Lefty's "relationship," Stretch and Leatherface's "relationship," the plot, the middle forty minutes) are almost made up for by the inspired movie logic that since the Sawyers use chainsaws, then the lawman fighting them also has to use chainsaws.
Taking everything that made the first film great and putting a neon colored mirror to it. Hooper's angry satire on himself and mid-80s Reagan America. Constantly riding the tightrope of silly and scary. So macabre but so goofy you feel bad when you laugh. "Bring it all down" shouts a dual chainsaw wielding Dennis Hopper who put all his points into crazy. Moseley being pure Moseley. Hooper sure as hell knows how to light a shot. Too bizarre to ignore. A Canon Films Classic.
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