The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2


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 deliberately flaunting Texas Chainsaw Massacre's status as one of the first and still greatest "slasher" movies. The result is an impish take-off on the original film (and contemporary horror movies in general) which elevates its own cliches (buckets of blood and gore, droll dialogue, the screaming female lead) to the level of high camp. The movie is loosely concerned with a small-town disc jockey named "Stretch" (Caroline Williams, who does most of the screaming) and an embittered Texas Ranger named "Lefty" (Dennis Hopper). They team-up and decide to put an end to the murderous activities of the Sawyer family once and for all (that is, of course, until Texas Chainsaw Massacre III). The real highlight of the film is when Stretch and Lefty find their way into the Sawyer family hideout--a ruinous, winding abattoir underneath an abandoned amusement park--and engage in a chainsaw-battle-to-the-death with Leatherface and the rest of the clan. Jim Siedow is back from the first film as the acerbic Drayton Sawyer, the family cook and owner of the "Last Roundup Rolling Grill". Chop-Top (Bill Moseley) and Leatherface (Bill Johnson) do most of the movie's dirty work.

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Bill Johnson
as Leatherface
Dennis Hopper
as Lt. `Lefty' Enright
Caroline Williams
as Vanita `Stretch' Brock
Jim Siedow
as Drayton Sawyer
Bill Moseley
as Chop-Top
Lou Perry
as L.G. McPeters
Barry Kinyon
as Mercedes driver
Kinky Friedman
as Sports Anchor
Joe Bob Briggs
as Gonzo Moviegoer
Ken Evert
as Grandpa
Harlan Jordan
as Patrolman
Kirk Sisco
as Detective
Tobe Hooper
as Man in hotel corridor (uncredited)
James N. Harrell
as CutRite Manager
Judy Kelly
as Gourmet Yuppette
Wirt Cain
as Anchorman
Daniel Jenkins
as TV Commentator
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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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

There's something to love about how unapologetically crazy, and unlike the last one, this movie still tries to convey relatable things.

Jan 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Everything is heightened in Chainsaw 2, the gore gorier, the performances, broader, the music synth-ier.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The arguments for the desensitising of the audience are complicated, the ones for their dumbing-down are less so. But what bugs me, speaking as a gnarled old woodsman, is the way these movies keep turning tools into weapons.

Jan 29, 2018 | Full Review…

f you like your horror funny and aren't too squeamish -- say, you're a big fan of Re-Animator or ... Evil Dead 2 -- then Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 will be right up your alley.

May 13, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

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 a dark comedy.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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. 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. 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 watch something funny. When I want to experience horror, I'm in a different mood. Not to mention, nothing in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" is actually amusing. It's just campy and extremely irritating. Nothing is as awful as the introduction to the film, 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 to 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. Anyway, he hee-haws through the entire film, poorly executing pathetic dialogue, on his way to the losing end of a humiliating cat fight with the film's female protagonist. "The Grandpa" is still alive too. You see, he has to be. This 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. Especially 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...

Jason Calvin
Jason Calvin

Super Reviewer

I will confess that upon initial viewing I was extremely underwhelmed by the radical change in tone in 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2'. Over the years I've warmed to the concept of a kamikaze satire about the nuclear family (the tagline was "The saw is family"). Whereas the 70's cult classic was noteworthy for its cinema verite style and minimalist gore, the sequel is guilty of 80's-era excess (ex. A chainsaw is thrust into Leatherface's midsection during a duel). The opening decapitation on a Texas bridge from makeup effects maestro Tom Savini is fiendishly scuzzy. Leatherface is no longer a burly butcher with vacant supernova eyes, he is a henpecked buffoon who sashays with his chainsaw more than he terrorizes people with it (the chainsaw is explicitly a phallic symbol). Country bumpkin L.G.'s (Lou Perryman) flayed appearance is certainly conducive to the gag reflex and the audience is genuinely saddened to see him in agony. Bill Moseley as the decaying Vietnam vet Chop Top fluctuates wildly between nuisance and comic relief. I will always lament that 'Part 2' is a grungy, amusingly hellacious follow-up isn't a tonal companion piece. However Tobe Hopper galvanizes our expectations and that is a cause for celebration.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

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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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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