The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 ★★★★½

Tobe Hooper's sequel to his 1976 mind-burner of a masterpiece is the perfect encapsulation of 80's horror madness.

After consuming that massive doc "In Search of Darkness" on everyone's favourite decade of horror, it's hard not to see just how perfectly 'of the times' this flick was and Hooper really runs rampant with it.
Feeling very much like Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Neon Edition, we're dropped into another focused account of one woman's screeching nightmare with The Family. That descent into their underground lair (aka HELL) has a thick layer of camp and colour to it, a distinct 80's flavour, but only to leave a bad chemical smell as the disturbing grue of freshly removed flesh is layered over the screen again and again.

Chop Top will always be my favourite Family member, but on this revisit Caroline Williams as "Stretch" with her wet-eyed realism and endurance blew me away the most. A perfect victim for the old cannibal clan as she's put through the ringer of their giggly antics and grimy depravity.
She gets the last laugh though with that final shot that honestly should've been stretched out for eternity. It's a banger of a cathartic ending, the nightmare equivalent of playing a solo on a flaming guitar.

Never forget....
T.H.E. S.A.W. I.S. F.A.M.I.L.Y.

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