Thursday, September 11, 2014

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986)

"Dog will hunt!  Dog will hunt!"

The police never caught the Sawyer clan after the killings in the original film (maybe because they changed their name from Slaughter to Sawyer?), so now, over a decade later, we're told the killings have been happening off and on ever since.  Alright, whatever, that seems kinda unbelievable but I'll go with it.  TCM2 opens with with a slaughter being caught on audio tape due to a call-in radio show.  The uncle (Dennis Hopper) of Sally and Franklin Hardesty from TCM uses the tape as a way to locate the Sawyer clan's hideout and unleash some righteous vengeance.

Following up on the greatest horror movie of all time is no easy task.  So, I'm guessing, Tobe Hooper decided to go the way-over-the-top route instead of trying to make another serious film.  Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that well.  Whether that's due to studio interference, MPAA interference, shortcomings of the filmmakers themselves, other factors or maybe all of the above, who knows, but TCM2 definitely could have been better.  Not that it's a bad film, it's still very enjoyable and filled with numerous memorable lines, balls out quirky performances (Bill Moseley and Jim Siedow), gore, solid camerawork, impressive special effects (especially the Grandpa makeup effects) and that radio station scare scene...holy fook!

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 might rough around the edges and the ending scene looks to be altered from the original version I remember on VHS, but it does add some interesting insight into the Sawyer family history.  Required viewing for any horror fan.

"It's a dog-eat-dog world and from where I sit there just ain't enough damn dogs!"

Part 1 - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Part 3 - Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
Remake/sequel - Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
Reboot 1 - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Reboot prequel - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
Reboot sequel to original - Texas Chainsaw 3D

Funny behind the scenes photo of the Sawyer family.

It's good to see that the "Cattle Truck Driver" from the original film (Ed Guinn on the left) survived and seems to be living a happy life .