The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

After a decade of silence… The buzzz is back! And it’s back in a pretty damn funny way if I do say so myself.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Directed By: Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre)

The Prologue
In 1974 a little movie came out called The Texas Chainsaw may have heard of it, I’m not sure. Either way, that movie went on to kinda be a big deal. So twelve whole years later the world finally got a sequel to that movie in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2..a movie that gets a rather mixed reaction.

Now Tobe Hooper said the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a bit of a dark comedy in it’s self, but it was so shocking for it’s time people didn’t seem to really notice that. So when he made the sequel he turned that dark comedy level up to 10 and the result is something I GREATLY enjoy!

And going by the results of the recent Zombietary poll that’s a good thing since I’m set to do a running commentary over the film soon.

The Movie
A DJ named Stretch 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 to the kids’ screams. A former Ranger named Lefty approaches Stretch and convinces her to play the recording made from the phone call on radio, hoping that the killers would show up…And of course they do!

Now one big negative about this movie (to some, not me) is how different this film is from the original. Most don’t notice the comedy elements of the first and are just blinded by the horror of it all and thus are really shocked to find this movie to be a pretty funny film..It’s dark comedy of course, and that just isn’t something everyone enjoys. I however do, so I have a ball with this movie.

Leatherface is really different in this film than he is in any of Texas Chainsaw film. He’s does his little dance with the chainsaw over and over, he falls in love, he makes little killer puppy dog eyes while his family is plotting to kill his lady of choice! I mean he almost comes across as harmless at times which is something people don’t like. Now when I say harmless of course I know he does saw up one person at the start but they did kinda start that now didn’t they?

One thing I also like about this film is Chop Top played by Bill Moseley in what I like to call his best roll. I say it’s his best roll because a lot of other films that cast him after this semm to have pretty much wanted him to play a different version of the same character from the looks of it. In this movie he also gives us some pretty catchy quotes such as, “Lick my plate!” and who doesn’t want to tell someone that every now and then??

But above all else what do I feel is the best part of this movie?? Dennis Hopper in the role of Lefty! This man plays every line with such a tone that you really believe he is pissed off at someone for killing his nephew. That’s what I like about Hopper, no matter how far out the material he plays it to a tee, and he shines in spades here. Some might say it’s over acting but when this man tells the Cook he’s the “Lord of the Harvest”, damn it I believe it!

The plot is really simple, like most horror films. The world may also be too cartoon like for some, but I think no matter if you love this movie or you hate it, you can agree the gore (when we get it) is wonderful! Thank you Tom Savini!..I just wish there was more of it! If film has one real fault it’s that no enough folks get off’d!

The Conclusion
Well folks I’m sorry but I love this! I’ll admit it isn’t by any means perfect but I find it just as enjoyable now as I did in 1990 when I actually got to see it for the first time. It may not be for everyone but there are people out there who will get every bit the enjoyment out of this as I do.

And if anything else folks just listen to the dialogue, it’s not as simple and pointless as one might expect. It’s funny and pretty clever if you think about it.

The Rating (8/10)