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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 -- A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.

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Director:
Writers:
L.M. Kit Carson (written by)
Tobe Hooper (film "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre")
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Release Date:
22 August 1986 (USA) See more »
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After a decade of silence... The buzzz is back!
Plot:
A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Hooper's stylish directing saves this from being an unwatchable schlockfest. See more (252 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Dennis Hopper ... Lieutenant 'Lefty' Enright

Caroline Williams ... Vanita 'Stretch' Brock
Jim Siedow ... Drayton Sawyer - The Cook

Bill Moseley ... 'Chop-Top' Sawyer
Bill Johnson ... Leatherface 'Bubba' Sawyer
Ken Evert ... Grandpa Sawyer
Harlan Jordan ... Patrolman
Kirk Sisco ... Detective
James N. Harrell ... Cut-Rite Manager
Lou Perryman ... L.G. McPeters (as Lou Perry)
Barry Kinyon ... Mercedes Driver

Chris Douridas ... Gunner
Judy Kelly ... Gourmet Yuppette
John Martin Ivey ... Yuppie
Kinky Friedman ... Sports Anchorman
Wirt Cain ... Anchorman
Dan Jenkins ... T.V. Commentator
John Bloom ... Gonzo Moviegoer (scenes deleted) (as Joe Bob Briggs)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tobe Hooper ... Man in hotel corridor (uncredited)

Directed by
Tobe Hooper 
 
Writing credits
L.M. Kit Carson (written by)

Tobe Hooper (film "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre")

Produced by
L.M. Kit Carson .... associate producer
Yoram Globus .... producer
Menahem Golan .... producer
Henry Holmes .... executive producer
Tobe Hooper .... co-producer
James Jorgensen .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Tobe Hooper 
Jerry Lambert 
 
Cinematography by
Richard Kooris (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alain Jakubowicz 
 
Casting by
Robert MacDonald (casting: Los Angeles)
Pat Orseth (casting: Austin)
Bonita Pietila (casting: Los Angeles)
 
Production Design by
Cary White 
 
Set Decoration by
Michael Peal 
 
Costume Design by
Carin Hooper 
 
Makeup Department
Denise Carfagno .... hair stylist
Candi Duke .... makeup artist
Bart Mixon .... special makeup effects artist
Tom Savini .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Henry Kline .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David C. Anderson .... first assistant director: second unit (as David Anderson)
Newt Arnold .... second unit director
Richard Espinoza .... first assistant director
Mark Lyon .... second assistant director
John Moio .... second unit director
Leo Zisman .... second assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Anita Dallas .... property assistant
Terry Evans .... property assistant
Neil Gahm .... carpenter
Daniel Miller .... assistant art director
Michael O'Sullivan .... property master
Jay Raymond .... lead person
Joe Self .... carpenter
Patrick Welsome .... construction coordinator (as Pat Welsome)
 
Sound Department
David Bartlett .... supervising sound editor
Ron Bartlett .... sound editor
Wayne Bell .... production sound mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Stanley B. Gill .... sound recordist
Allen Hartz .... sound editor
Jane Lang .... sound editor
Michael Linn .... sound editor
Henry Miller .... boom operator
Oscar Mitt .... sound
Steve Shearsby .... sound editor
Ralph Stuart .... first sound assistant
Justine Vacco .... first assistant sound editor
Dick Vandenberg .... sound editor
Richard Villa .... sound editor
Fred Wasser .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Gabriel Bartalos .... special effects makeup crew (as Gabe Bartalos)
Ray Beetz .... special effects crew
Gino Crognale .... special effects makeup crew
Mitch Devane .... special effects makeup crew (as Mitchel Devane)
Josh Hakian .... special effects foreman
Tony Hooper .... model maker
Gerald McClanahan .... special effects crew
Shawn McEnroe .... special effects makeup crew
Bart Mixon .... special effects makeup crew
Daniel F. Morris .... mechanical special effects
Joe Quinlivan .... special effects crew
Ken Sher .... special effects crew
Todd Smiley .... special effects crew
Eddie Surkin .... special effects coordinator
John Vulich .... special effects makeup crew
 
Stunts
Daniel W. Barringer .... stunts (as Daniel Barringer)
Bob Elmore .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts (as John C. Meier)
John Moio .... stunt coordinator
John Moio .... stunts
Tom Morga .... stunts
Beth Nufer .... stunts
Jim Stephan .... stunts
Al Wyatt Jr. .... stunts (as Allen Wyatt, Jr.)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brown Cooper .... first assistant camera: second unit
Phil Curry .... gaffer
Ian Ellis .... grip
Eric H. Lasher .... still photographer
Jon H. Lewis .... best boy electrician (as Jon Lewis)
Darryl Murchison .... lighting technician
John Sheeren .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Glenn Dunn .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Anne Couk .... first assistant editor
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen .... post-production coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Joseph Lockwood .... transportation
Lonnie Nelson .... construction driver
Phil Schriber .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Boots Hart .... key production accountant
Joe Self .... security escort
Sjon Ueckert .... location manager
Mark Zetler .... location scout
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2" - USA (video box title)
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Runtime:
Canada:89 min (Ontario) (cut) | 101 min (original uncut version)
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Color:
Color (TVC)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA (TV rating) | Australia:R (re-rating, 2006) | Australia:(Banned) (1986 - 2006) | Canada:R | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | Canada:18A (Alberta) (re-rating) (2011) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2006) | Chile:18 | Denmark:16 | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2001) | France:16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:(Banned) | Norway:18 (DVD rating) (2004) (uncut) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:(Banned) | Singapore:R21 (re-rating on appeal) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:(Banned) (1986)

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Trivia:
A release in West Germany in 1986 was not possible because the film was banned before the film could be released to theaters. In 2012, Turbine Medien acquired the rights to the film and has now begun the process of getting the banishment revoked (something they successfully did for the first TCM).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During the final fight, a crewmember's hand can be seen in the upper left portion of the screen clearing cobwebs away from in front of the camera.See more »
Quotes:
Lefty:I'm the Lord of the Harvest!
Drayton:What's that? Some new health food bunch?
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Movie Connections:
References Poltergeist (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Crazy Crazy MamaSee more »

FAQ

Is Chop-Top the same character as The Hitchhiker from the first film?
What are the differences between the Unrated Version and the Workprint?
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Hooper's stylish directing saves this from being an unwatchable schlockfest., 29 June 2015
Author: Andrew Gold from United States

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a terrible film. I knew going in it would be nothing like the original and was completely fine with that, but this movie goes out of its way to be as ridiculous as possible. The genuine scares from the original have been replaced by awkward comedic bits, from the cannibal family's bickering to Leatherface making silly faces (yeah, they had the audacity to turn Leatherface into a punchline).

It's just embarrassing, and this is largely due to an inconsistent script. The first act sets an ominous tone from its premise of hearing a murder live on the radio and the radio host being terrorized by the same murderers. Then the second act is silly, borderline cartoonish with Leatherface acting like a hormonal teenager; and the third act tries to pay homage to the original by recreating the dinner scene almost exactly as it was in the first (but not nearly as effective) combined with an admittedly cool chainsaw duel between Lefty (Dennis Hopper) and Leatherface, then closing with a somewhat thrilling final struggle for the heroine to make her escape. Then it closes with another "homage" to the original and then credits roll and a cheesy '80s pop song ensues. If not for the second act, it had potential to be an engrossing story and potentially disturbing (the gore is still top-notch) but the drastic shifts in tone make it virtually impossible to become immersed into this overtly fake, cartoonish world.

Thankfully, Tobe Hooper's directing makes even the dullest moments of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 aesthetically pleasing. The location and set design is perfect - the underground lair with brightly colored lights juxtaposed with rotting corpses and leftover entrails is oddly unsettling, and the scenery during the final moments of the movie is hauntingly beautiful. Hooper knows how to make these scenes look as gritty and urgent as possible. Dennis Hopper's Texas ranger was also a welcome addition. He was related to Franklin of the first movie and is out for revenge on these hillbillies so he buys the biggest chainsaw he can, then storms their lair screaming his lungs out like a lunatic.

What ultimately killed this movie for me (aside from the script) is the lead actress. She is just awful. You can't take anything she says seriously because of how poorly she delivers her lines, and her screams are so forced and annoying I was practically rooting for Leatherface to chop her head off. Her relationship with Leatherface is also forced and awkward, but maybe that was the screenwriters' attempt at comedy. There are a couple laughs in this movie, and by that I mean two; three max. Something about the bombastic chainsaw duel is undeniably exhilarating, despite it not being fleshed out to its full potential.

There is some fun to be had in this movie, but you have to suffer through a lot of stupidity to get there. I have no idea how sequels continued coming out after this, and I can even empathize why they would want to make a "sequel reboot" with Texas Chainsaw 3D, but that was even more abominable than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's true sequel - this - and this is pretty darn bad. This movie is for Leatherface completists only.

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