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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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Tagline:
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 »
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(159 articles)
Happy Thanksgiving!
 (From DailyDead. 27 November 2014, 12:09 PM, PST)

L.M. Kit Carson Has Passed Away
 (From DailyDead. 29 October 2014, 1:16 PM, PDT)

L.M. Kit Carson Is Dead: ‘Paris, Texas’ Writer, USA Film Fest Co-Founder
 (From Deadline New York. 29 October 2014, 12:27 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Amazing Grand Guignol Horror Film! See more (247 total) »

Cast

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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
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:18A (Alberta) (reclassification in 2011) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Tom Savini once stated that the makeup effects that he created for Grandpa is his most proud accomplishment, which he compares to the makeup for the aged Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man (1970).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the bridge scene we hear the car crash. But when it shows the crash site, the front of the car is facing away from the impact zoneSee more »
Quotes:
Drayton:Grandpa's strict liquid diet keeps him as fresh as a rose.See more »
Movie Connections:
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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71 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Amazing Grand Guignol Horror Film!, 5 January 2003
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is one of the most misunderstood movies of all time. I saw Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 when it was released in theaters back in 1986. I loved this horror flick then. But everyone else hated it. Critics trashed it. Even many horror fans, of the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre or slashers in general, hated it and dismissed it. Now after a decade or so after its release, TCM 2 is now a bona fide cult movie.

There are so many things to point out why TCM 2 is a stand-out. The first and most important thing to point out is that back in the 1980s, horror films were reduced to simple slashers. TCM 2 is totally different than the plethora of slashers that many horror fans expected to see, which is one reason why many horror fans didn't get it. The body count is extremely low in TCM 2 compared to the Friday the 13th or Elm Street flicks. But that doesn't mean it's not violent. No, it's VERY violent. But the violence in TCM 2 is more engrossing, shocking and even at times funny, and in turn less acceptable than the unreal violence found in many slasher films. Because of the amount of violence and violent imagery, films critics trashed TCM 2, pointing out how the first film didn't rely on gore and violence to scare the audience.

I love Texas Chainsaw Massacre as much as I love TCM 2. I understand what the critics were saying. Unfortunately, they didn't get the point of the violence in TCM 2. While TCM is a sweat inducing TERRIFYING horror film in the first order, TCM 2 is a "GRAND GUIGNOL HORROR" horror film in the first order. In TCM 2, Hooper creates a vast canvas of baroque imagery, where we watch the insane and gory story unfold before our incredulous eyes. I'm amazed that critics missed the whole difference between TCM and TCM 2. It's odd that critics will rave about Peter Greenaway's "THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER" which is a twisted drama in the the Grand Guignol style, but didn't see TCM 2 in the same way. It's probably due to the fact that TCM 2 is a sequel to a quasi-legendary horror film and everyone expected the sequel to be the same as the first movie.

I give credit to everyone involved with TCM 2. They actually TRIED to do something different: different from the equally great TCM, different from the increasingly boring horror films of the 80s. And in my eye, they've succeeded. There are so many memorable scenes in TCM 2, some of which are the most amazing horror moments ever put on screen (when Leatherface tries to put the scalped face on Stretch, the scene when Stretch finds her friend sans face, etc). And there are so many quotable lines too. TCM 2 is also a very funny film ("Rain, rain, rain, rain..." Choptop says as he checks out records at the radio station).

TCM 2 is not perfect. The ending is abrupt. And the chainsaw fight at the end is too short. Dennis Hopper is a bit hard to take as a "hero." But he does play the "twisted hero" right. It's just difficult to see him fighting big and burly Leatherface. BTW, the very last image of TCM 2 is Strecth dancing with a chainsaw in her hands at the top of that amusement park structure. In the original film (and the original video release), we can see cars and trucks driving by on a highway in the distance. On the DVD, they cropped this shot and we don't see the traffic anymore. Personally, I thought it added a LOT to the whole surreal aspect of the film. Like the world was continuing on with its relentless pace, no matter what had just happened that night. I wished they didn't crop this shot on the DVD. Oh well...

It's a shame few people "got" TCM 2 back then. After reading the reviews at IMDb and at Amazon, it's great to see that some are finally "getting it." For anyone who's game, watch TCM 2. You'll be squealing in horror and laughing at the insanity of it all in equal amounts.

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