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nikki’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
“You have one choice, boy: sex or the saw. Sex is, well... nobody knows. But the saw... the saw is family.”
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a 1986 black comedy slasher film and the first sequel to the 1974 classic, taking some of that film’s subtle humour and making it more overt as it follows a radio host victimized and captured by Leatherface and his cannibalistic family while a former Texas Marshall hunts them down.
Directed by Tobe Hooper who helmed the original, the change in tone is almost instantly palpable and whilst it does leave the film feeling inferior to it’s predecessor, it isn’t exactly a bad mid-80s slasher either.
Sure, it forgoes the grittiness and horror for a more funny and polished look, but Leatherface is still brilliant, this time portrayed by Bill Johnson who, whilst not quite as scary as Gunnar Hanson’s take on the character, is able to do a lot more in terms of his facial acting as the serial killer falls in love.
Speaking of which, Caroline Williams’ Stretch is a likeable, fun character and seeing her play off Dennis Hopper’s Lefty is great.
However, it’s Bill Mosley as the crazed Chop-Top who steals the show, owning the scenery in every scene he’s blessed to be in and even being kind of the main antagonist at the end of the film, facing off against Stretch.
I actually didn’t mind the increase in gore in this film, even if the original worked as being relatively tame — also this had a chainsaw fight and it was awesome.
Overall, it’s not a bad sequel, even if it for sure ranks lower for me.