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Film Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

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Texas-massacre-2-collectors-edition-shout-factory-bluraySYNOPSIS:

A radio host is victimized by the cannibal household as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.

REVIEW:

All through the 80’s and properly into the 90’s the manufacturing workforce of Menahem Golan & Yoram Globus have been fairly acquainted to style followers worldwide. Their firm, The Cannon Group, was answerable for fairly a number of horror/sci-fi/fantasy/motion movies throughout this era. They even gained an Oscar for greatest overseas movie in 1986 for his or her Dutch manufacturing of a movie referred to as “The Assault”. However what they actually excelled at was producing sequels to movies that have been produced by different corporations. They have been chargeable for all the “Dying Want” sequels after “Demise Want 2”. The Chuck Norris “Delta Drive” movies have been all Cannon movies. Most of those movies have been low to mid price range affairs however they did dip their toes into the large price range pool a couple of occasions. The sci-fi/horror pastiche, “Lifeforce” (1985), is an instance of their massive price range forays (And a private favourite of mine as properly). It was principally unimaginable for a number of weeks to go by and not using a new movie from Cannon being launched, in 1986 they produced & launched a tremendous 43 movies!

The director of “Lifeforce”, Tobe Hooper, additionally directed one of many seminal movies within the horror style “The Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath” (1974) which isn’t solely one of many biggest horror films of all time however I daresay it is likely one of the biggest movies ever launched of any style. It principally modified the principles for each horror film launched afterward and it nonetheless chills my blood to today. Cannon thought it might be a good suggestion to supply a sequel to it and have Hooper within the director seat as soon as once more and in 1986 “The Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath 2” was launched to an anxious public. Starring Dennis Hopper “TCM 2” continued the saga of the cannibalistic Sawyer clan and it’s chainsaw wielding madman, Leatherface. However the query was…did the unique movie actually need a sequel?

The movie (Written by L.M. Package Carson) opens with a pair of yuppie jackasses driving a sports activities automotive alongside the again roads of Texas headed to a celebration. Certainly one of them has a pistol and is capturing out street indicators as they recklessly drive previous them. They’re listening to radio station Okay-OKLA as they wreak injury on the poor defenseless indicators and take a while to name in to the station and harass the native disc jockey, Stretch (Caroline Williams), and her producer L.G. (Lou Perryman). The 2 yuppie asswipes determine to play a recreation of hen with a pickup truck headed in the direction of them in the other way they usually drive it off the street, sadly it’s being pushed by Leatherface and now they’re on his radar. Later that night (They’re nonetheless driving), they as soon as once more name into the radio station however as they harass Stretch they run into that very same truck and it’s blocking the street as they strategy what seems to be a bridge. They curse on the truck and it strikes out of the best way however it follows them this time and it’s being pushed backwards! A horrendously rotted corpse is on prime of the truck doing a macabre dance they usually hearth a bullet at it which solely serves to anger Leatherface who’s “sporting” the corpse in entrance of his physique, appearing as a type of perverted puppeteer. He promptly pulls out his chainsaw and begins to slice and cube up not solely the driving force however the automotive as nicely. Unbeknownst to him although is the truth that the telephone name they have been making to Stretch was nonetheless reside and she or he not solely hears the carnage however she’s recording it as nicely, all the best way as much as the purpose the place the automotive runs off the street.

The subsequent day the police are going by means of the wreckage in search of clues when Lieutenant “Lefty” Enright (Hopper) drives as much as the accident website. He’s instantly beset by a detective who orders him off of the crime scene. It appears that evidently lefty has been intently following the exploits of the Sawyer clan. He has a private vendetta towards them since they murdered his niece & nephew years in the past (Sally and Franklin from the primary movie). He’s a little bit of an oddball however he’s nonetheless a lawman and he convinces the detective to place an advert within the newspaper asking for any witnesses to the accident. The subsequent day Stretch goes to Lefty’s lodge room & tries to offer him the tape that she recorded however he as an alternative asks her to broadcast it on her present to flush the perps out of hiding. He’s utilizing her as bait in order that he can shock Leatherface & household and it really works rather well as she’s visited by “Chop Prime” (A manic Invoice Mosely) and Leatherface (Invoice Johnson). Chop Prime beats L.G’s head in with a hammer as Leatherface goes after Stretch however she by some means manages to speak “Bubba” (That’s what Chop Prime & household name Leatherface) out of chopping her up by interesting to his sexual wishes. He makes use of his chainsaw as an extension of his manhood and thrusts it in the direction of her crotch, principally masturbating with out touching himself. He lies to Chop Prime and signifies that Stretch is lifeless in order that they take L.G.’s physique again to their underground lair to have it sliced up and used as meat for his or her meals truck/catering enterprise. Stretch follows them to their hideout and Lefty follows Stretch and the ultimate third of the movie essays the wrestle they should deliver the household to justice.

I uncared for to say the chief of the Sawyer clan, that may be Drayton (Jim Siedow) who makes his first look within the movie profitable a trophy for greatest chili at a barbeque competitors. When requested what’s his secret to such scrumptious chili he responds that it’s all within the meat, with out good meat you possibly can’t make good chili. In fact all the meat he makes use of is of the human selection however that’s his secret and the plenty like it! One of many extra off placing scenes takes place on the competitors when somebody tastes the chili and bites right into a tooth, However Drayton passes it off as a peppercorn shell. Simply the considered it is going to depart a nasty style in your mouth. Siedow (Who additionally appeared within the unique movie) provides a efficiency that’s arduous to explain, his strains sound advert libbed in a stream of conscience sort of approach. His head isn’t dealing with the digital camera as he goes off on tangents all through the movie, he’s by no means with no quip or a remark however they appear aimed toward himself. It’s a brilliantly odd efficiency.

Hopper’s face is drawn in & gaunt which provides him an virtually zombie like aura. His countenance doesn’t change an excessive amount of till he arrives on the Sawyer’s underground maze of tunnels and even then it’s solely when he begins chainsawing by way of the picket beams which are holding up the dust ceiling that we see any emotional change in his character. Williams is a wonderful lady who has appeal to spare within the opening scenes of the movie and Stretch appears to be a troublesome hen however as soon as she is attacked on the radio station she begins to scream, and scream, and scream some extra. “OH MY GOD”, “LEAVE ME ALONE”, “NO GOD PLEASE”, and so forth. It turned extraordinarily annoying and I started to root for Leatherface to slice her up actual good after some time. Mosely’s Chop Prime is likely one of the most disgusting characters within the annals of horror movies. His nickname comes from the (Uncovered) metallic plate atop his cranium and he has a vomit inducing behavior of heating up the top of a wire hanger with a lighter and scraping the pores and skin surrounding the metallic plate off after which consuming it! It’s one thing he does always and it’s simply foul…and efficient. Greater than anybody else right here he seems to be and seems like an entire maniac and Mosely chews up surroundings as a lot as he chews up the lifeless pores and skin from atop his head. A terrifyingly efficient efficiency.

Sadly the position of Leatherface just isn’t performed by Gunnar Hansen as within the unique. Right here he’s performed by Invoice Johnson who has the dimensions and the heft that the position requires however he has not one of the menace that Hansen gave the position. He does a type of goofy dance with the chainsaw above his head that isn’t in the least scary. It seems to be like he’s revving up his ft for a couple of seconds earlier than he takes off after a sufferer, very similar to a cartoon character may run in place for a couple of seconds earlier than operating. Johnson performs the position as one thing of a simpleton which might be okay if he was scary however he simply isn’t and let’s face it, if an enormous is standing in entrance of me with a masks created from human pores and skin and he’s wielding a chainsaw in my path…I oughtta be scared dammit!

The movie is way gorier than the unique and whereas the consequences are superb (Courtesy of grasp make up artist Tom Savini) they aren’t scary both. What number of of you noticed the unique movie and swore that it was a pageant of carnage? Watch it once more and also you’ll see that there’s hardly any blood on show in any respect. Hooper made it appear to be there was a number of blood spilled because of the facility of suggestion and a few properly timed edits however right here he surrendered to what he thought was what the plenty needed and tossed the purple stuff in all places. The manufacturing designer (Cary White) & Set decorator (Michael Peal) went far above the decision of obligation right here although. Nearly all of the movie actually takes place in two places, The radio station and the Sawyer’s underground slaughterhouse, and the quantity of element on show in each places are superb. The radio station seems and seems like I might think about a backwoods radio station can be like and the assault of bones, Christmas lights & blood are unfold throughout an unlimited underground collection of tunnels that has one thing happening visually in each nook and cranny of the set. Each places are completely realized.

The film is extra of a grisly black comedy than the all out horror you may anticipate. Make no mistake, there are some good “Bounce” scares ready for you right here however the movie itself isn’t notably scary. Siedow’s efficiency alone makes it really feel like you need to be laughing at it somewhat than be masking your eyes from it. I don’t assume Hooper & co. needed to make a flick that topped the unique, I feel Hooper knew that was nigh unimaginable so he went for a mixture of black as pitch humor and excessive gore. It really works for probably the most half however there simply aren’t many scares to be discovered right here and that’s a disappointment. It additionally suffers from a very dangerous ending that echoes the unique movie’s ending however nowhere close to as successfully.

“The Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath 2” wasn’t the top of it both. Through the years we’ve got had “TCM three” (1990), “TCM: The Subsequent Era” (1994), “TCM” (A reboot of the collection, 2003), “TCM: The Starting” (2006) and one other reboot of the collection (In 3D no much less) scheduled to be launched later this yr. So it looks like Leatherface & the gang aren’t going anyplace anytime quickly however at this time limit after so many sequels & rehashes he’s worn out his welcome and I want Hollywood would simply let the poor man relaxation. See “TCM 2” for Siedow’s really deranged efficiency and the superb manufacturing design however don’t see it in case your intent is to be scared. It’d flip your abdomen a bit and you’ll leap out of your seat a few times however you gained’t be scared, you’ll certainly be entertained…however you gained’t be scared. And isn’t that what you’d anticipate from the Sawyer clan?

Bonus Options

DISC ONE:

      • NEW 2016 2K HD Scan From The Interpositive Movie Aspect
      • NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Images Richard Kooris, Manufacturing Designer Cary White, Script Supervisor Laura Kooris And Property Grasp Michael Sullivan
      • Audio Commentary With Director Tobe Hooper
      • Audio Commentary With Actors Invoice Moseley, Caroline Williams And Particular Results Make-up Creator Tom Savini
      • NEW Prolonged Outtakes From It Runs In The Household That includes L.M. Package Carson And Lou Perryman
      • NEW Behind-The-Scenes Footage Compilation From Tom Savini’s Archives
      • Alternate Opening Credit score Sequence
      • Deleted Scenes
      • Nonetheless Galleries – Posters And Foyer Playing cards, Behind-The-Scenes Photographs, Stills And Collector’s Gallery
      • Theatrical Trailers
      • TV Spots

DISC TWO:

    • MGM’s Unique HD Grasp With Colour Correction Supervision By Director Of Images Richard Kooris
    • NEW Home Of Ache – An Interview With Make-up Results Artists Bart Mixon, Gabe Bartalos, Gino Crognale And John Vulich
    • NEW Yuppie Meat – An Interview With Actors Chris Douridas And Barry Kinyon
    • NEW Chopping Moments – An Interview With Editor Alain Jakubowicz
    • NEW Behind The Masks – An Interview With Stunt Man And Leatherface Performer Bob Elmore
    • NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – Revisiting The Places Of The Movie – Hosted By Sean Clark Plus A Particular Visitor
    • It Runs In The Household – A Six Half Function-Size Documentary That includes Interviews With Screenwriter L.M. Package Carson, Actors Invoice Moseley, Caroline Williams, Invoice Johnson, Lou Perryman, Particular Make-up Results Artist Tom Savini And Extra…

The Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath 2 (1986) is now obtainable on bluray per shout Manufacturing unit