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THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2
1986 / Horror
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Directed by Tobe Hooper
Written by L.M. Kit Carson and Tobe Hooper
Starring Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley and Bill Johnson

A radio DJ's open request night is plagued by the annoying phone pranking of two road tripping hoodlums, but things take a disturbing turn when the hoodlums meet their demise at the hands of familiar chainsaw wielding maniacs. With the entire gruesome ordeal recorded on tape, the DJ seeks out the help of a former Texas Marshall who's on a personal quest of vengeance against this family of cannibals.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Slasher, Cannibal
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

7 / 10
I feel that this movie should have been a stand-alone film and not a sequel to the original movie. The main reason why is because the tone of this movie is so different. The original movie was serious and dark, while this sequel almost borders on being a dark comedy with its silliness and goofy acting.

While it can't escape its lacking identity to the original movie, this is still a fun and entertaining sequel.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Review by Michael Mahoney

4 / 10
It's no secret that the original film, while it has it's merits, has never been a favorite of mine. It is, however, so much better than this piece of trash.

Tobe Hooper took a different approach with this movie, throwing away the bleak and gritty tone of the original for a black-comedy with very little to offer.

There's not many pros, so I'll get them out of the way first. Stretch (played by Caroline Williams) was a pretty good character throughout the movie. Not only was she decently attractive, I thought she did a good job portraying how maddening being a capture to that insane family was. Dennis Hopper's Lefty was a fun character in the beginning, but very quickly became an idiotic mess as soon as soon as Stretch fell down the hole into the Sawyer's lair. Leatherface, as a character alone, was okay.

Everything else was hideous.

Chop Top (played by Bill Moseley in a very early role) had no redeemable qualities. Any time he was in a scene, the scene got worse. I couldn't stand him during any portion of the movie, and when he was with his family, he only got more annoying. The Cook (Jim Siedow) was far better done in the first film (played by Siedow still). Here, he is over-the-top (like almost every character) and utterly irksome.

The original film had a demented house, which was gritty and terrifying. While the final setting here was cool (an abandoned theme park or some such), it was lacking the threatening feel of the house in the first movie. It just felt too goofy and extravagant.

This whole movie was too goofy, in truth. I don't really do comedy mixed with my horror. Very few movies of the sort have really done it for me. You take a good concept and ruin it like this, it just bothers me. If you liked the movie, great. It's a pale shadow of the original, though, and honestly, having rewatched it twice now, I don't think I'll ever desire to see this atrocity again. If I want my fill of a chainsaw massacre, I'll stick with the superior original, third film, or 2003 remake. 4.5/10 (rounded down to 4/10 to fit site's format).
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