The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The (1986, USA) C-100m. ** D: Tobe Hooper. Starring Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley, Bill Johnson, Ken Evert, Tobe Hooper. Director Hooper returned to his star-making concept twelve years later, but this movie is a mere caricature of the first film. The family of cannibals is out to kill again, only this time they are recorded by small-time radio journalist Williams. She teams up with vengeful lunatic Hooper, whose son died in the original bloodfest. Succeeds as a terror-movie, but is far less original and suspenseful than its predecessor. Rather illogical, with an absurd sense of humor. That subterranean lab/cave is impressive, though. Tom Savini's effects are showcased appropriately. Hooper also did the music and coproduced (with Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus). Danny Elfman provided a song. Also available in an 111m. version, which adds some deleted scenes. Followed by LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III (1990).


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