The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 ★★★★½

Hooptober 4.0 - Watch #31 - Sequels

Pure deranged fantasia. I was under the impression that this was a horror comedy, and, while it's certainly far more comic than it's precursor, the tone here is less one of humor and more one of upping the stakes from the original's dinner scene and stretching the resulting chaos across 100 minutes. This results in a lot of laughs, but the same tone is found, to a lesser extent, in the original. Hooper's usual mastery of spatial awareness isn't always on display here, although for the surreal nightmarescapes of Texas Battle Land, that simply adds to the atmosphere- I just wish it was there for the radio station. In typical Hooper fashion, though, the lighting & usage of fog is top notch, lending an air of mystery to the bizarre death palace that the back half of the film brings us to. Combine that with a host of new & old characters, all acted to the brink of insanity, and you've got a worthy, if not quite similar, successor to one of the best horror films ever made.

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