We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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.
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…
A film that stepped off the beaten path to blaze its own trail! With a fierce ambition to be its own film it reckoned if the original could become an instant cult classic on a shoestring budget it could do the same with MORE!
MORE GUTS than you can shake a stick at!
I'll never be able to look at my electric carving knife in quite the same way ever again!
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).
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.
One of my favorite horror films and one of my favorites of the 80's. Bat-shit crazy genre filmmaking at its finest.
Oh i really shouldn't like this movie at all. It's so vastly different from the nightmarish first and works more as a dark comedy. I don't like imagining it as taking place in the same universe as the first movie but... Well this movie in it's own right works BRILLIANTLY!
The story takes place twelve years after the first, and immediately we're introduced to our main character. Her name is 'Stretch', and fuck me, she is so hot. She's a radio host who is tormented by two prank teenagers, only for them to eventually be killed live on the station. Dennis Hopper plays a Lieutenant who is looking for vengeance for the kids killed in the first movie. We call…
According to Tobe Hooper, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre had a lot of comedy that seemed to have gone over people's heads (if so, it truly is the darkest of dark comedies), so he decided to make the humor more exuberant in his followup. In it, Leatherface gains some personality, we get more blood and carnage than in the first, Grandpa magically regains his strength to be able to hold a hammer despite being 137 years old, Dennis Hopper goes crazy on a log, and I loved every second of it.
What it lacks in sheer terror that the first one had, although many of the creepiest scenes here are just as creepy as the first, it makes up for in entertainment value and rewatchability, even if a lot of it is just to see Caroline Williams in them short shorts. The biggest shame is that I've lived so long without this movie in my life.
Love everything about TCM2! The style is incredible and the performances are dead on. Everything and everyone is completely memorable, making it an amazing sequel. Yes its not like the first film, but it works. Perfectly.
I let my son pick the movie tonight. He was expecting another version of TCSM -- immediately he picked out how different this movie was going to be. TCSM (original), he said, felt like a documentary. Like it was all happening - which gave it it's power. But this one... it's so over the top on all levels - it's like the madmen took over the asylum this time. It gave you a real taste of the CRAZY of this cannibal family.
And he liked seeing Tom Savini UNLEASHED.
Me? I dig this insane movie. It spirals out of control in the most unexpected ways. I can't imagine Hooper and Hopper running through that giant set sawing things, yelling and singing... truly, madly and deeply.
And seeing Siedow successful... at times, it's more comedy than horror. Love this movie.
Growing to like this noise. Becoming more and more moved by the Namland idea.
And for the 150th time... "Lick my plate you dog dick!"
So Tobe Hooper's basically a master of "what the fuck did I just watch?".
What a silly screenplay, what a cheesy flick. Totally ridiculous & overly bloody, there is only one more or less atmospheric scene: when Dennis Hopper finds the remains of "Franklin" from part one.
Still, as far as bad movies go this thing is mildly entertaining!
yes! this is how you follow up an untouchable classic. instead of trying to emulate everything that worked about the original just blow it all up to the point of absurdity and have dennis hopper fight leatherface with dual chainsaws. awesome. every director who's about to make a sequel should be forced to watch a double bill of this and gremlins 2.
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