Varan_the_Man’s review published on Letterboxd:
7/32: Tobe Hooper
“You have one choice, boy, sex or the saw. Sex is, well... nobody knows. But the saw... the saw is family.”
A few reviews back I jokingly said the filmmakers did a lot of cocaine before making their movie. Well I don’t know if Tobe Hooper was doing lines of coke while making this, but I guarantee you Dennis Hopper was.
His performance really drives home the absurd tone change from the original to this. Focusing more on neon lights, bright red blood, Chainsaw duels, and other things people from the 80’s loved. Watching this after revisiting the original, I fully understand why this wasn’t the box office darling many thought it’d be. It’s so different from its predecessor, people probably didn’t have a clue what they were getting into.
Regardless, this is a blast! That opening sequence it a stunner and damn if it isn’t memorable. The level of gore is highly increased, giving you plenty of squicky effects to ogle at. Dennis Hopper is on another level here, it’s worth watching just to see him say “I’m the Lord of the Harvest” while wielding chainsaws. While they do needlessly recreate the dinner scene from the first (though grandpa’s looking much better this time around), it does lead to a chainsaw duel, which is as cool as that sounds.
This is not better than the original. It’s not even in the same class. But it is wildly entertaining and quickly paced. It’s bright, colorful, violent, crazy, has Dennis Hopper, and has a guy getting his head sawed in half. So it’s worth a look. Recommended.