The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 ★★★½

It's been hard to write reviews lately which is why I'm just barely getting to a movie I saw nearly a week ago. But here is my day 9 of HoopTober 4.0.

The movie starts off with two kids in a car being chased by Leatherface while Oingo Boingo is playing, and if that doesn't tell you what kind of movie you're about to see, then I don't know what will. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 was fantastic. It had all of the great elements from the original and a good enough story to stand among the best horror sequels. It's nowhere near the masterpiece that was the original, but Tobe Hooper's brilliance is still as evident as ever. It's gross. It's gruesome. It's everything a horror film should hope to be and so much more than any horror sequel could live up to. There are few sequels that come to mind with this much prowess while staying true to its source material.

My biggest complaints with the film are mostly the same ones you get with any horror sequel: the story is pretty flimsy in parts, and half of the time it seems to borrow too much from the first film without forging its own path; some of the characters are just there to rack up dead body points and serve no actual purpose; it's structured wholly as a sequel to a masterpiece of horror (most of the best horror films are structured as dramas) and loses much credibility when separated.

Overall The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a really good film, and, while not incredibly original, has enough new to be remembered, frightening, and fun all wrapped into one nice package.

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