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TCM is such a cool movie, but what I still just don't get is why everybody laughs when somebody's head is getting sawed off. Granted, there were a few humorous parts, for example, how LeatherFace sort of danced around with the chainsaw every so often. Or, some of the remarks they'ed make. But, it's just terrible when people think it's funny when somebody's gettin killed...especially like that! That was my main turn off with that movie, but I thought that it was pretty well directed. It had nearly everything I like in a horror movie: Some gore, excitement, chase-scenes, and tragedy. That's what, I feel, makes a horror movie worth watching. That's what gives it that deeper layer. My favourite scene was at the very end, when Stretch knocked that guy down from the grave shrine and then danced around with the chainsaw over her head, screaming like satan. It had, I don't know, something awesome about that.
Someone here said that Texas CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 was a "misunderstood" film by all accounts. Let me set the record straight: TCM2 is a BAD movie, period. But Why? Why is it such a bad movie if its original creator, Tobe Hooper, was behind the cameras again??? It's hard for me to say how bad this movie is, since I like Tobe Hooper, LOVE the original TCM and am a gore hound, fangoria-reading freak myself. But the facts are there and they can't be denied. It's tough to beat the visceral aggression of the original; when I was young and saw TCM, I almost thought that it was really a picture based on a true account (now I know it was "loosely" based on the Ed Gein case). There is very little actual "gore" per sé on the original, but the visuals, sounds and convincing acting made it the classic it is...in other words, I actually believed what was going on. In TCM2, Mr.Hooper tried to make a "horror" comedy, but failed miserably. The dark and deviant humor of the original is NOWHERE to be found this time around. Now it's just "dumb humor". Not even make up guru Tom Savini, with his extreme make up fx tricks could save this turkey. The acting is beyond redemption. Even Dennis Hopper looks silly as the "hero", looking to avenge some of the first TCM characters. And the stretch character (this sequel's equivalent of Marylin Burns) is just plain unbelievable (it's NOT a compliment). Her acting is not that bad when she is not being chased by leather face, but once she is on the run, her screams and her gestures look totally fake, as if she were in some SCARY MOVIE episode. What's more sad is that, TCM2 actually starts out good; the outlook of the movie was interesting for the 1st 40 minutes. Unfortunately, after those 40 minutes, it all goes downhill with stupid situations and not believable acting. Granted, there's more gore on this one than on the 1st one; Leatherface's first victim gets his head sawed off in half in a very gruesome Savini effect. But even with this, the movie doesn't work. What worked on the 1st one is that you BELIEVED tha characters and the situations were, in some way, believable. Remember the psycho guy in the first one? The one that gets run over by a truck at the end? Well, the guy's ALIVE in TCM2!!!Albeit, with a metal plate as part of his skull. How come he SURVIVED getting run over by a Mack Truck?!?!? The "Grandpa" guy looks better 13 years later! He must've taken some sort of rejuvenating potion or something! And the ending is just plain atrocious. Get this down: TCM2 does not scare, does not make you sick and does not make you laugh. It's a movie that could have been developed into something really sick and frightening, but it didn't. It seems the "big budget" of this sequel was completely worthless. It seems Tobe Hooper tried to make a "black Horror Comedy", in the vein of EVIL DEAD or even RE-ANIMATOR, but failed miserably. Watch this turkey ONLY if you're a Tom Savini fan or want to know how bad a sequel can be. 3* out of 10*.
This movie sucks. It's not even a squeal to the first film but a rip off. The 2003 remake of the orignal film is a hundred times better then this piece of crap. The only thing that would have made this movie good was if Tobe Hopper directed it and Gunnar Hanson played Leatherface and a cameo by Marylin Burns, I wouldn't mind the new people Leatherface went after but that's how it should have been as I said. I give this film a 1/10 for bringing back the cool killer but not the actor played him however.
Texas Chainsaw Masacre 2 is brilliant. Dennis Hopper's performance may be a bit over the top, but he does great. Chop Top is hilarious. He and daddy fight just like in the original. Classic! Bill Johnson's Leatherface is almost better than Gunnar Hansen's! Yes, this one's not as scray as the original, but it's still great!
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 was a fun, frightening, and even hilariously
funny follow-up to a horror classic. The directorial style and creepy
antics that shined in the original are present here, plus more. This
film derives laughter, fright, and extreme doses of amusing
entertainment from its viewers. However, there were many sloppy editing
and script mistakes. For example, why cant Stretch just hang up the
phone in the beginning? Oh yeah, and that was one long bridge in the
beginning scene. And some scenes last waaaayyyyyyy to long, contributing
to its overlength and eliminating the ability to watch it over and over
again like other Chainsaw movies. Despite these, this is one hell of a
movie, and does not brutally rape the "Chainsaw" legacy, as films such
as "Jason Goes to Manhatten" have done for their originals. "Uh, thats
one of those hard shell pepper corns." God I love that line. See this
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The guys in the car at the beginning call the radio station, and the radio
station cannot disconnect the call unless THEY hang up? What kind of
system does this radio station have? They should really upgrade! The
guys in the car are having a SUPER good time as they drive aimlessly
the country. It is light when we first see them, and their death scene
comes at night, but they are STILL howling and laughing hysterically
they are having a SUPER good time. Those guys have a lot of energy! When
the driver gets his head cut in half, little drinking fountains of blood
squirt out of his exposed brain. I thought that was super funny looking.
Couldn't they have just stopped the car? Bill Mosely playing the part of
Chop Top is very entertaining. That guy is hysterical as he uses a hot
hanger to scratch away the skin over his metal plate. That was really
disturbing. You definitely get a feeling for that character as having
picked his head for a long time. He made me laugh out loud when
hits his plate and Mosely croaches on the floor screaming, "VIET NAM FLASH
BACK! VIET NAM FLASH BACK!" That was SUPER funny! Also funny, the crazy
side-to-side dance that Leatherface performs with the chainsaw above his
head. He does that dance a lot when he could be sawing people instead.
keeps missing his opportunities to saw people because he is busy dancing
side to side. My friend DJ (Donnyzona on this site) can perform this
with great expertise! It is quite a disturbing sight! Also hysterical is
the part where Dennis Hopper purchases some chainsaws. He tests the saws
out on a log outside the store and HACKS the log as if he were using an
Somebody needs to explain to him that the chainsaw was invented to
the AX CHOPPING motion! You can just stand there and gently push the saw
through the wood. You should not chop at the wood! That is bad for the
saw! But it made the shop owner very happy! He says, "OH MY ACHING
BANANA!" After narrowly escaping Leatherface and Choptop, Stretch chooses
to chase after them on her own at NIGHT. Seems like an IMPOSSIBLY bad
that the character would not have actually done that. That leads her down
to their "lair."
And this is the part of the movie that is somewhat intriguing. At that point in the movie, the story takes on a mythological aproach to the story. This is the classic "Prometheus versus the Minotaur in the Labrynth" scenario. You will find that many horror movies use this premise. The best adaption of this premise in a horror movie is the original "ALIEN." In this movie, Stretch (who is hot) is lost in this abysmal labrynth, a long intertwined maze of tunnels full of horrors and inhabited by "The Family." Leatherface, Choptop, Chilly dad, and Grandpa are in there and they have the distinct advantage of knowing the ins and outs of that place. Through this maze Stretch is hunted down and exposed to various trials and horrors. The psychologist Sigmund Freud was particularly fascinated by this mythic scenario and stated that the Minotaur Maze comes from deep within the human psyche. It is a way our subconscious deals with the trials of daily survival and lifetime adaptation as we mature.
At the end of the movie, we are treated to a display of complete disregard for proper operating instructions concerning the chainsaw. Dennis Hopper does battle with Leatherface, chainsaw versus chainsaw, and they hack away at eachother as if they had swords. I think the chain would probably break! I thought of the old swashbuckling movies as the two of them did battle on top of the dinner table. Leatherface again does his pattented chainsaw side-to-side dance and it proves to be the death of him. Because Dennis Hopper, instead of dancing, siezes the moment to stab the chainsaw ALL THE WAY THROUGH Leatherface. However, Leatherface continues to fight! He is hard core!
And, of course, to round out the pyschological terror and make some sort of character arc, at the end, Stretch masters the chainsaw and uses it to kill Choptop. In fact, after killing Choptop, she does a little chainsaw dance of her own!
Now, I will comment on part of the movie that really impressed me! Choptop's death scene. I am refering to what appears to be one heck of a great STUNT! Choptop falls off the top of a tower and ROLLS down a SUPER STEEP ROCK FACE and directly in to a METAL TUBE. This fall appears to be about 20 or 25 feet. I was IMPRESSED! This did not look like a dummy! That looked like a STUNT GUY did that STUNT! Anybody ever try to do their own stunts? Let me tell you, that looked SCARY! If you don't SMASH YOUR BRAINS ON THE ROCK, then you will most likely SLAM in to the corner of that tube! You have to hit it just right, and that stunt guy rolled over BACKWARDS on his way DOWN! That is amazing! If that was indeed a stunt, and not a dummy, I am super impressed. It looked like a real stunt guy, so I am going with that. But it appears to be such a scary stunt, I don't know where they found a stunt guy to do it! It seems like kind of a shame, because that scene is over so quick and no one seems to care about that stunt. That was a good stunt!
Overall, this is a fun horror movie. I laughed a lot, but it has some really disturbing parts too! Such as the part with Grandpa trying to brain poor Stretch. That was disturbing. Not exactly a "date movie." Also the weird part where Leatherface chainsaws beer cans and sprays Stretch with chainsawed beer. That was just strange. If you have a sense of humor, you will probably be entertained by this movie.
I love this movie! i rented it at the refrence of a friend & had it bought before the five days to return the rented DVD was up lol :D. I have had it for a couple of months now & i watch it just about everyday, sometimes twice a day. The only thing that i miss on this DVD i the commentary, i would've really liked to see some on this one!
I picked up The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 the other day for $10. I saw this movie once many many years ago. It was actually the first TCM movie I ever saw. Despite lots of criticism, I found it to be pretty damn good. It worked well as a sequel and was worthy of the TCM name. They should have left the franchise alone after that and never produced the train wreck that was TCM 3. I haven't even seen part 4 yet. I understand it is pretty horrible. I will probably buy it anyway just to complete the set. But I digress. This thread is about TCM 2. Great horror movie with a healthy splash of comedy. Very worthy to follow up TCM and carry its name. Dennis Hopper was cheesey as hell but absolutely perfect. Caroline Williams was the perfect horror movie hotty, although she screamed too much. Even Leatherface was pretty good. Bill Johnson managed to carry himself in much the same way as Gunnar Hanson. Jim Siedow was absolutely great reprising his role as Drayton Sawyer. The movie probably would not have worked without him. My only gripes are as follows. How the hell did the hitch hiker survive getting run over? I thought it was pretty clear that he was dead at the end of the first one. Although I did like the character in this one. And how did Grandpa get so much more energy in this one? Anyway, great movie overall. If you think it's unworthy, look again. You may be surprised.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is quite possibly my all time favorite
first saw this great film back in 1990 when I was 9 years old....I
the day my mom took me to the video store and I came home with Chainsaw
2....theres just something I really like about this movies.....its a
still watch at least every couple weeks....theres just something spceal
about this one to me....its got a great cast....Caroline Williams- man, I
have had the hots for this babe since the 4th grade...hehe....Bill
this dude rocks....some of the greatest, and funniest lines ever ( 'lick
plate you'..... :))....Jim Seidow- a horror icon in my eyes....I am so
they got him to return for this sequal...if they wouldnt have gotten him
back for this one...to me, it would have not been half as great as it
out ( just like the last few chainsaw movies were, without him)...and
Leatherface- this man needs no introduction- the star of the chainsaw
forever \m/ But anyway...I cant say enough about this great film...I
will never get tired of it.....this movie has it all- gore, action,
Beutiful women, great memorable, and funny lines, a great cast....this
is very hard to top.....Long live 2 of the greatest movies ever made,
Chainsaw Massacre 1, and 2 !!! \m/ ( :
" You got one choice boy...sex, or the saw...sex is,...well, nobody knows...but, the saw...the saw is Family !"
RIP Jim Seidow- You will be missed,...but never forgotten.
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The hard to please critic
"texas chainsaw massacre 2" Spoiler alert!!! Ok in the beggining these 2 guys are in a car shooting state signs. Then they play chicken or some idiotic game with someone unknown in the car. Then later that night the car drives close and starts ramming them. They keep going the same way (god knows why) and leatherface chops the side of the car off. Then chops half the head of the driver.(which looks like ketchup squirting out of his head). Then its all downhill from there. Leatherface likes this girl and instead of killing her he rubs his chainsaw on her. Then leatherface goes to his house and the girl follows him! She gets trapped then "lefty" the sherrif goes and looks like a retard chainsawing down boards and other junk. At the end the father of leather face throws a grenade and it shows The radio station girl at the top of this mountain moving her chainsaw around yelling. My advice is don't waste your money on this no plotted movie. It shouldn't be called "the texas chainsaw massacre 2" because no one died. The only scary part is the work of the actors and this film alone. Overall grade: F
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