The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 ★★★★


Like with the first film, the opening to Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 sets the tone for the film; but compared to the first film, it’s a different tone. The characters — not just the Sawyers — are unsettling and the manic chainsaw attack is terrifying, but it all carries a special, twisted tone that feels unlike the bleak first film. Another good example is the character of Chop Top (Bill Moseley), he’s fun thanks to Moseley’s energetic performance and his personality, but also scary due to the entire aura and unpredictable nature Moseley bring to him.

Speaking of characters, the two main protagonists — Caroline William’s Stretch and Dennis Hopper’s Lefty — are much better than anybody from the first film, seeing how they’re given time, motivation and focus throughout the film. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 shows Tobe Hooper doing something different, the merging of comedy and horror isn’t always perfect — but this film is still filled with exciting chase-scenes, an unpredictable madness, development of the terror from the first film and at the same time some really fun crazy stuff and of course — Hopper’s dual-wielding chainsaw fight. It’s glorious.

Sixteenth watch of (Chainso)-op Tober
Tobe Hooper

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