The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 ★★½

"Yes, what we need is more gore and less atmosphere, that's the ticket"--what was likely said in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 pitch meeting.

Overall an "okay" sequel that has some great moments, but still ends up being less than what came before. In terms of atmosphere, having the family invade a radio station, and then the main characters actually pursue them to the require evil house is so much less effective than it being a world that only feels one wrong turn away.

Random musings:

I love the lightsaber like reverence the film has to chainsaws, but the scene of Hopper choosing one is like child picking out his favorite toy. I love that only a chainsaw can fight a chainsaw. Between this and The Slumber party massacre, I think I've had juuuuuuuuuuust about enough of murder weapons as phallic imagery.

I also enjoyed Hopper almost running Caroline Williams down outside of the amusement park, and how she just keeps falling further and further into the lair after that. Also Hopper "BRINGING IT ALL DOWN" by attempting to chainsaw an entire amusement park apart.

Everything with Williams and Leatherface is golden. Leatherface's sheepish shoulder shrugs when his family is calling Williams his girlfriend is my favorite character moment from the film. I also love that Bill Moseley becomes an almost literal Gollum ghoul by the end of the film. Lots to love, but just not the same.