The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 ★★★★½

Some kind of deranged masterpiece. Brought to you by one of the co-writers of Paris, Texas (no, really), this is exactly what I needed in my life right now and have no idea how I put it off this long. This movie delivers THE GOODS. Not so dissimilar to what Joe Dante did with Gremlins 2, Tobe Hooper returns to his stone-cold classic with a completely new approach; a hyperawareness of the material and sequels in general. This is a film that grabs hold of you in its opening moments and doesn't let you out of its neon-colored, swirling funhouse until the final exhilarating cut to black at the end. The cast is all perfect -- special props to Caroline Williams who reacts appropriately to the horror unfolding around her -- wouldn't we all be reduced to a shrieking nuclear reactor? Dennis Hopper and Bill Moseley both go all in, and then some. This has to be one of the great films to see with an audience.

For when you're in the mood for something so pulpy, lurid, and ridiculously over-the-top, you simply can't beat The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

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