The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Sorry, Mom! An NC-17 Odyssey 12/30

What's the movie? The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

Why's it rated X? Some great over-the-top gore set pieces, though it's relatively tame when compared to the horror of the post Saw era.

I love the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre to death, and while its sequel feels considerably less consequential (despite a concerted effort to up the ante from the first), it's still a hell of a lot of fun. It's the rare horror comedy that's scary and funny in equal measure, sometimes within the same scene—it's an inherently humorous prospect to have a character forced to wear someone's face and then get locked in a room with the still-living owner of the face, but Tobe Hooper and his actors play it so straight that it still manages to be uniquely harrowing. That said, I'm not a huge fan of the extent to which the film rehashes (homages? parodies?) its predecessor in the final stretch, and Dennis Hopper is given half the screen time he deserves. But even though The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 isn't as finely tuned as the original, I appreciate Tobe Hooper's specificity of vision here. You don't get that in many horror sequels.