The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 ★★★½

Hoop-Tober #13 of 31

The second film in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise is a big step down from the original in terms of quality which is a real shame when the same director Tobe Hooper brought his vision across to the second act. The first movie is instantly memorable and one of my all-time favourites but sadly this one never takes off the ground, even if it still remains at the least enjoyable,just nothing too spectacular.

Starting off with a thrilling chase between a raving chainsaw wielding lunatic and two men out of their depth across the bridge in a car, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre never really slows down. It's batshit insane and over the top, with a great, memorable performance by Dennis Hopper who really steals the show. The lead actress Caroline Williams unfortunately isn't quite as impressive, bringing screams to the table but nothing more. The end result winds up being probably the weakest Tobe Hooper movie that I've seen so far which is a real disappointment considering how impressed I was with what I've seen so far of his filmography, but a weak Tobe Hooper movie is still at the very least entertaining and likeable enough to enjoy.

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