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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) Poster

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Dennis Hopper thought this was the worst film he'd ever been in.
Director, Tobe Hooper and co-writer of the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Kim Henkel originally had an idea for a sequel that would feature an entire town of cannibals, and also be a satire of the film Motel Hell (1980), which itself was a satire of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The title of that sequel was to be 'Beyond The Valley Of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', but the studio forced considerable changes to be made to the screenplay, even hiring a new screenwriter, and the result of those changes are what became Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2.
The "family group shot," as seen in the advertisements, posters and video covers, uses the same positioning as the promotional group shot for the movie The Breakfast Club (1985).
Caroline Williams wanted to make a strong impression at her audition. When she was called in, she went to the end of the hallway and ran screaming into the room, where she pulled Tobe Hooper and L.M. Kit Carson out of their seats and used the chairs to barricade the door before she began her scene.
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).
Jim Siedow is the only actor in this movie who was in the original movie, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
When originally submitted to the MPAA, it received an "X" certificate, prompting the filmmakers to release it as "unrated".
In the original screenplay, Stretch was going to be Lefty Enright's illegitimate daughter.
Final film of Jim Siedow.
A lengthy scene in which the Sawyer family goes out hunting for prime meat was cut for pacing but is present on the Gruesome Edition DVD.
When the BBFC notified Cannon that at least 20 minutes, and possibly 25, would have to be trimmed, Cannon aborted its plans for a planned U.K. release in 1986.
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The controversial "butcher cover" of The Beatles album "Yesterday and Today" can be seen hanging in the radio station.
Bill Moseley has said that his role as Chop-Top is his favorite of his own.
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Chop-Top asks Stretch if the tape of the opening scene murders is from "the Rambo III (1988) soundtrack". Rambo III had not yet been released at the time The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 came out; it was released two years later.
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 started work on getting the banishment revoked. It took them four years until the local court of Berlin-Tiergarten finally lifted the banishment.
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The corpse Chop-Top and Leatherface carry around with them (also appearing on the original cover art) is that of the hitchhiker from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
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Hoyts Distribution, who had distributed 90 percent of Cannon's titles in Australia, submitted this film for classification in 1986. The film was deemed highly offensive by the classification board and refused a rating - effectively banning the film. Hoyts considered cutting the film, but the scenes and elements that offended the board were so many that it was decided to not release the picture all together. The ban stayed in effect until MGM resubmitted the film some twenty years later and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2" was finally released.
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In an interview, Tobe Hooper said that cutting the film down to 90-100 minutes was a major priority for Cannon, so they could have more screenings per day and potentially make more money.
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Many fans of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) disliked this movie due to its emphasis on gore and wacky humor. Tobe Hooper has argued that black humor was also present in the original film, but viewers did not acknowledge it because of its shocking content.
Cannon would give and take money from the budget depending on how their other films were doing at the box office.
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Tobe Hooper was originally just going to produce this movie. He eventually took over directorial duties as the film's low budget meant that they were unable to hire an affordable director.
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Right after Stretch plays the tape of the chainsaw killing, she puts on the same Star Spangled Banner theme that played in Poltergeist (1982) - another Tobe Hooper movie.
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Throughout the film, many references are made to the "Red River Rivalry" or "Red River Shootout" in regards to the football game going on during the film. This was not invented for the film. As any avid college football fan can tell you, the "Red River Rivalry" is the common name for the animosity between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas. The film takes place during OU vs. Texas weekend.
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A poster can be seen on the wall in the radio station for the band Fine Young Cannibals.
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John Bloom was cast, and his name is listed in the closing credits, but his scenes were edited out of the final version.
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Tobe Hooper: Frolicking during a party scene.
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