The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 ★★★★

Hooper's Cannon-funded carnivalesque funhouse is soft on horror but high on style. It's one of the best representations of the EC Comic look outside of what Romero achieved in Creepshow. If I were to guess, I would say this is the single movie that inspired Rob Zombie's filmmaking the most, right down to Stretch's delightful short shorts.

I'm a fan of sequels that aspire to something a little different than the first. Hooper certainly runs with that approach. The make-up effects are dementedly fun and comically vile. Often parodies the first film while simultaneously demonstrates a keen awareness of trends emerging in the genre work of the time. Most specifically the comedy horror stylings of Sam Raimi, Stuart Gordon and Joe Dante. Hooper had lots of hits and misses during this time, but we're still obsessed with "the family" all these years removed. 8.6/10

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