The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2
Director: Tobe Hooper
Writers: Tobe Hooper, L.M. Kit Carson
Stars: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow
Release Date: August 22, 1986

This may be the most desperate and worst sequel to a (now) tentpole movie ever. There is nothing redeeming about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2. It is just a bad movie that overdoses on everything and wastes a supreme amount of time.

The original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) is a disturbing, low-budget and minimalistic horror classic. It is raw, pungent, and the overabundance of its grotesque setting is left for the viewer to peel away from the background. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 takes place 13 years after the original (also made 12 years later), and all of the terror instilled by the cannibalistic family in the premiere is now doused in unfunny attempts at a satirical type of horror.

Why did Tobe Hooper try and make this sequel more of a comedy? It makes no sense. Was it a craze? Was it not under his direction? I just do not get why there is an attempted blend of two genres.

The absurdity The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 begins with Dennis Hopper. Playing the new character of Lieutenant ‘Left’ Enright, Hopper is essentially the hero of the story. A middle-aged man looking to avenge a dead family member who was slaughtered by the serial killers. Everyone loves to follow the journey of a super generic character that nobody knew anything about before on an adventure. That is the plot to every good sequel…RIGHT???

The most insane and terribly egregious part The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 was how they tried to humanize Leatherface. Why the fuck, in god’s name, would you try and humanize a cannibal, chainsaw-wielding monster? Literally makes no sense at all. Pure evil is pure evil, and to try and make him relatable is disastrous. What a no good, terrible, awful, bad idea.

Now how did Hooper and L.M. Kit Carson make it even worse? Well, they lowered the IQ of characters to a wholehearted number of zero. There are so many scenes in the movie where either Vanita ‘Stretch’ Brock or Leatherface could have advanced their position and escaped a tricky situation with relative ease. Instead, they acted like video game characters; standing still till the next cut of the camera instead of charging, backing into a corner until magically their counterpart lets them go cause of a missed swing, or literally seeming to run at a snails pace despite all the advantages.

Also, can we talk about how this family of murderers straight up lives like the Joker and The Grinch combined? I mean good lord; a massive cavernous base underneath an amusement park? I mean, it’s like all the trinkets the Grinch has in his mountain were demonized and The Joker too the accessorizing but went a little overboard with constantly lit up Christmas lights. Maybe they each tried to teach the cannibals a sense of dark humor, but the family just didn’t get the memo and they instead turn into Joaquin Phoenix on stage. (There are a lot of roundabout joker references in here.)

After The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 was released, it appears the world took a break from Tobe Hooper. He went from making the original to the now newly appreciated Salem’s Lot TV Mini-Series in 1979, to The Poltergeist in 1982…to this. Then Hooper does not direct another feature film until 1993 and Night Terrors.From the looks of his IMDB, it looks like his career was never really the same. That may just be naivety on my own end, but The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 is bad enough that I’d expect it to.

STANKO RATING: F (1.0/5 Stars)

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