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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

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Over ten years after making the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper returns to his deranged family of reclusive cannibals for another round of chainsaw chases and non-stop screaming. Hooper brings a real budget this time (having recently directed Poltergeist for Steven Spielberg) and the talents of veteran make-up artist Tom Savini. This means he can make things bigger, louder, and gorier than ever before -- and they are. He also brings a wacky, self-deprecating sense of humor, as if

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Horror, Comedy

Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel

Aug 1, 2000

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No matter how adeptly Chainsaw 2 was put together, it would remain just another exploitation flick for fans who get a tingle from watching blades slash into flesh and innards peep out.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
New York Times
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Part 2 has a lot of blood and disembowelment, to be sure, but it doesn't have the terror of the original, the desire to be taken seriously. It's a geek show.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Sure, there's a lot more gore and some chainsaw violence paying off for what wasn't seen in its predecessor, but this leaves a lot to be desired when all is said and done

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Seems intent on mocking the first film, rather than paying respect to it and sewing a new narrative.

May 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

But time has been kind to this strange movie, and now it plays like a bizarre satire of 80s excess-kind of like a backwoods version of American Psycho with equal parts gross-out humor and over-the-top acting.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

A good deal gorier and more disturbing than the original. Certainly it's far better than the soulless 2003 remake.

November 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A ripe and wicked horror-comedy, as black as pitch and every bit as violent as naysayers mistakenly accused the first film of being.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

There is absolutely nothing to distract us from the sheer misery of watching oblivious clowns cracking awful jokes.

June 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Society is restored as before, but it's a society based on victims and victimizers. De Sade rewrites Darwin.

November 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

...if nothing else, the entire flick may be worth a look for the absurd moment in which Leatherface breaks loose with a particularly apt example of the ol' shifty eye.

October 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The film feels as if Hooper himself has nothing but contempt for the original and went out of his way to tear it down.

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

'Bloody' good fun....Hooper's still the man when it comes to horror

March 11, 2006
Moviehole

It's all good as long as you consider it a blacker than black comedy (and not a horror movie).

December 29, 2005 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

Irresistibly demented.

June 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

The most tedious crapfest I've sat through in a while. Annoying characters who never shut up. Even some amusing moments with Hopper can't save it.

March 25, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

This movie is a great, big mess.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Nothing says subversive like a good horror film, and Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is as subversive as they come.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Gratuitously violent, and none too subtle (it lacks the subversive qualities of the original) it's also undeniably funny, maniacally energetic fare with a liberal smattering of enjoyable set-pieces.

September 26, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Alternately disgusting and incoherent.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

More downhome carnage. Not for the weak of heart.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

I consider the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" the greatest horror movie that's ever been produced. The grisly realism and berzerk psychology on display is, and always will be unparalleled. I could easily argue that the site of Sally Hardesty breaking down into hysterical incapacity, while Leatherface violently wielded his chainsaw in a frustrated tantrum, brought the saga to a very satisfying conclusion. Perhaps, the story could have been expanded. Unfortunately, the original was never done justice with a competent sequel. Unfortunately, in the genre of horror, a successful brand name is rarely laid to rest. No matter how inept the ideas for future chapters appear. It's an easy way to make money.

The first attempt at a sequel came from Tobe Hooper, the man who was responsible for the original. Unfortunately, Hooper never created anything memorable, or even good after "Chainsaw"( And yes, I'm including "Poltergeist"). Hooper's plans for the continuation of his masterpiece was to take the sequel in a new direction. So in 1987, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" was unleashed, with nearly no resemblance to its predecessor, whatsoever.

Instead of grim atmosphere and the ambiguous use of gore, the idea here was to go over-the-top. While the effects on display were probably state-of-the-art at the time, thanks to the talents of Tom Savini, the constant blood bath does little to sustain much entertainment value. It's just a matter of what you see is what you get. There's no substance, just shock value. This error in judgement was mild compared to other "artistic" liberties that were forced upon the franchise.

Apparently, Hooper was under the impression that the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" was hilarious?

It's true.

Hooper considered his horror classic comical. Apparently, somewhere between the gritty realism, invalids being mutilated by chainsaws, sledgehammer assaults, and a girl being left alive hanging from a meathook, the humor was lost on the audience.

Imagine that.

So once again, Hooper's plan was to go over-the-top. What the audience got was "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2"... the dark comedy.

For the most part, I experience a massive disconnect when I view dark-comedies. If I want to watch something funny, I'll sit down to "South Park", "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", or "Easbound and Down". When I want to experience horror, I'm in a different mood. Not to mention, nothing in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" is actually funny. It's just campy and extremely irritating. Nothing presented in the movie is as awful as the opening scenes, featuring two rowdy students causing mischief on the way to a football game. The dialogue is absolutely painful, and what transpires is constantly insulting to the intelligence. It's just something that I'm embarrassed to watch. Even if the movie was able to recover from the shoddy opening sequences, which it doesn't, the introduction would still serve as a black eye to the remainder of the proceedings.

As far as the family is concerned, in the sequel Hooper decided the name the clan, the Sawyers.
Get it?
See that's the kind of highbrow humor that's on display here. Brilliant, right?

Anyway, the Sawyers are completely overexposed in this film. Leatherface is completely emasculated as he falls head-over-heels for the Stretch character. You know, for some reason, the character is far less intimidating once we witness his premature ejaculation. (That's right, without going into the ridiculous details, that actually occurs. So there's a giant, wearing a dead skin mask, violently wielding a chainsaw, and he's not the least bit imposing, because someone thought that would be funny.) "The Cook" gets entirely too much screen time rattling off limp puns (No pun intended for the previously mentioned Leatherface scene). The most offensive addition to the clan is without a doubt, Choptop. Choptop is basically a poor man's imitation of "The Hitchhiker" from the original. Choptop hee-haws through the entire film, poorly executing pathetic dialogue, on his way to a humiliating cat fight with the film's female protagonist. "The Grandpa" is still alive too. You see, he has to be. The is a "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" sequel, so for some reason, the writers feel that they're obligated to recreate the infamous "dinner scene". Predictably, it was performed with the utmost sloppiness this time around.

The film's only redeemable quality was Dustin Hoffman's portrayal of the "Lefty" character. He's the only actor that was able to pull of a one-liner, in a film littered with quotes that would disgust Henny Youngman. Years later, Hoffman would go onto admit that "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" was the worst film that he ever participated in. He was right.

I hate this movie, and it's not even the worst sequel in the series. It has come to my attention that it's actually a lot of people's favorite chapter in the entire series. I suppose the original "Chainsaw" can be somewhat of a chore to sit through, if you're not a fan of intense horror. This is much lighter, both in mood and substance. So I guess it's just a matter of taste. You know, one man's trash...
October 19, 2013
Jason Calvin

Super Reviewer

The first Texas Chainsaw Massacre was one of the most shocking, and original horror films for that time. For his sequel to his 1974 film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 takes a complete turn and Tobe Hooper takes the Sawyer clan into tongue in cheek territory and recreates something totally refreshing. Although not as great as the first film, TCM 2 is still an enjoyable film to watch, and has a more relaxed feel to it terms of delivering a horror experience. Acting wise, there are some good performances here, especially Bill Mosely as Chop Top. Hooper definitely delivers a good sequel to his classic. Although it's not as memorable as the original, it is still worth seeing. Overall The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a solid sequel, but it doesn't quite live up to the original because of the tongue in cheek horror comedy. The film should appeal to the die-hard fans of TCM and it has plenty of new things to offer fans. The cast do a fine job and Hooper definitely creates something worthwhile for genre fans. This is a fine film that is among the best horror sequels. Quite different from the first, but still very enjoyable, this sequel is well done in terms of recreating the formula established by the first film. With a good cast, a well written script and effective directing, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a fine Slasher flick that is entertaining from start to finish. I personally felt it was an underrated film that every horror fan should at least check out. In terms of a sequel doing something different, TCM 2 really delivers even with all its flaws, this is a memorable flick that offers a unique and demented viewing experience.
January 12, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

A ridiculous sequel that makes you endure a bunch of obnoxious hillbillies in a lame and unscary gorefest - trying to be the most gruesome and grotesque it can be but sinking deep in its terrible attempts at dark comedy.
October 31, 2012
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

Lefty: One of those boys was so crazy he sawed his own head off going 90 miles per hour. 

"After a decade of silence... The buzzz is back."

Wow I really didn't think this sequel would be that bad. I thought it would keep the things that made the first so great, but Tobe Hooper totally sold out. He decided to make the movie everyone else was making in the 80's, instead of making a sequel that at all fit with the first. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 feels less like the first and more like a Friday The 13th sequel. It was complete garbage. 

If the movie had likable qualities they were Dennis Hopper and Caroline Williams. For a leading lady in a slasher like this, she wasn't too bad and damn did she have some nice legs. Among the bad things this movie does is making Leatherface into a pussy. It also has a ridiculous opening sequence that ruins everything that was cool about how the teenagers died in the first. I liked that you had to go to them in the first. Now they are coming after you; that's bullshit. 

Everyone had a terrible laugh and the only similarity theme wise, is that you still can't trust hillbillies. All the subtle scares were thrown out the window and made into an 80's slasher that tries to be cool with blood and "shocking" images. I hate Tom Savini. Every movie he's involved with turns into a piece of crap that is more worried about how blood is going to shoot out from a severed head then it is about characters and genuine creepiness. 

Oh well, at least we'll always have the first one. I just can't believe Tobe Hooper would do this. If anyone else had made this movie, I would call him a lowlife who is sucking the life from a horror classic. It's sad that that lowlife in this case is the very filmmaker that horror classic.
September 11, 2011
blkbomb
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

    1. Drayton Sawyer the Cook: I thought you took care of her already.
    2. Chop-Top: Yeah well, Leatherface killed her once already, but LOOK! She's Red-faced. Oh, Bubba's been playing with her, Bubba likes her. Bubba's got a girlfriend!
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
    1. Lt. "Lefty" Enright: It's the Devil's playground!
    – Submitted by Seth G (2 years ago)
    1. Chop-Top: Me and my little brother listen to you every night.
    – Submitted by Austin G (3 years ago)
    1. TV Commentator: On the afternoon of August 18th, 1973, five young people in a Volkswagen van ran out of gas on a farm road in South Texas. Four of them were never seen again. The next morning the one survivor, Sally Hardesty-Enright, was picked up on a roadside; Blood cloaked and screaming murder. Sally said she had broken out of a window in Hell. The girl babbled a mad tale: a cannibal family in an isolated farmhouse? chain-sawed fingers and bones? her brother, her friends hacked up for barbecue? chairs made out of human skeletons? Then she sank into catatonia. Texas lawmen mounted a month-long manhunt, but could not locate the macabre farmhouse. They could find no killers and no victims. No facts; no crime. Officially, on the records, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre never happened. But during the last 13 years, over and over again reports of bizarre, grisly chainsaw mass-murders have persisted all across the state of Texas. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has not stopped. It haunts Texas. It seems to have no end.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Chop-Top: Lick my plate, you dog d**k!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Chop-Top: (asks Leatherface, after he attacks Stretch) Did you get her, Bubba? Did you get that bitch? She was my fave, but she knew, and now, nobody knows. (angrily yells) Look what you did to my plate you bitch! (talks calmly again) You got her? Did you get her good? Slap me five. I got one, too. A bonus body!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
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