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Though it gets progressively stupider, this still manages to be entertaining throughout.
Dennis Hopper as a crazy cop who doesn't care what anyone thinks, and wants revenge for the death of his nephew, now is on the trail of Leatherface who's back 14 years after the first film. This is what the back cover wants you to think this movie is about, and though it's technically true, it's stretching also stretching the truth a bit. Dennis Hopper is first credited, and is in the movie, though his screen time probably amounts to 15 minutes or less in total, with a character introduced to be the protagonist, but ending up just being a supporting actor. This has no affect on the quality of the movie, but a little more Dennis Hopper would have been appreciated.
It's been 14 years since the first murderous mayhem of the first film, and now after an unexplained decade plus of no killings, Leatherface and his wacky family are back. Two kids are killed while calling in to a radio show, and the host, "Stretch" (Caroline Williams), has it on tape. She wants the police Lieutenant "Lefty" (Dennis Hopper) to listen to the tape, so he suggests she plays it. This attracts Bubba "Leatherface" Sawyer (Bill Johnson) and his crazy brother Bo "Chop Top" Sawyer (Bill Moseley) and they come to the radio station to pay Stretch a visit. Chaos ensues and it's up to Stretch and Lefty to save the day, and themselves.
The acting is pretty good for what it is. Caroline Williams is fine at acting scared and Dennis Hopper is good at acting like he knows what he's doing. Everyone else is over the top crazy, which is stupid, but produces many laughs. The direction is quite good and clear, with well done action scenes. It's the writing that fails. The script gets stupider and stupider as it goes along and by the end the intelligence of this already mentally deficient is completely gone.
This was very unique for a slasher film, in that it wasn't even a slasher. There was some violence, but there are really only two characters, so thank goodness it wasn't a slasher, because it would have been the shortest one of all time.
Why does everyone have a nickname? Lefty, Stretch, Chop Top, Leatherface, Grandpa...why must every character be called by a nickname? Talk about repetitive writing.
Overall, this isn't very good, but it's also not too bad. It's your average horror film, and a worthy follow up to the first film.
My rating: ** 1/2 out of ****. 100 mins. R for violence and language.
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