Aaron Bustos’s review published on Letterboxd:
Just what I needed...
When I was a kid, I’m talking seven or eight, I’d watch horror films at friends’ houses. I sorta grew up in a strict household? My dad and mom would never let me watch these types of movies - obviously, unless it was King Kong or The Universal Monsters. Any-hoo, I recollect watching parts of either TCM 2 or 3, and in chunks, just so we wouldn’t get caught. It was a thrill to say the least. On top of that, my aunt and cousins would tell me tales about the story of TCM actually existing. They swore to me the house where Leatherface lived in still stood, fenced off with barbed wire and the stench from the bodies still lingering. All this mythology of TCM built up until I was able to see the first film. Of course none of it was true, but it remains to be one of my favorite horror movies of all time.
But for part two?
Holy shit balls. I never expected for part two to be a fucking mad house. It’s just as good as the original, and just as disturbing. I will be honest, the few nods it gives to the original I could have done without, but it’s forgivable. It’s Hooper’s way of paying fan service. For a long time I’ve put off watching this because everyone claimed it was a comedy, but not really. It’s quite the opposite. Okay, so it’s a tad campy - no! It’s a black, drenched in gooey blood comedy. The comedic bits that are provided, are by Chop Top. Bill Moseley was perfect for that role. It’s also likely that since I’ve only really seen this for the first time, I’m just not accustomed to the humor, whereas in TCM, I can chuckle through most of it.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is balls-to-the-walls a wild ride. The cast is great, the set production of the family‘s lair is tip-top magoo, the movie is phenomenal. I’m so glad a gave this a chance!