I absolutely love this movie. It just has this playful energy that sucks you in and thrills you every minute. Dennis Hopper is excellent as the determined Texas Ranger and the supporting characters are brilliant as Tobe Hooper takes this saga even further.
Emancipates getting compared to the masterfully-scary original due to its 180-degree tonal flip into cheese and comedy... however, it's not the smartest comedy. TCM 2 goes for this half-assed riff on the 80's and Reganism but its humor and camp never quite reaches a meaning or creativity outside of luridness. Also, it's often more annoying than funny, despite being a film that has an appeal due to its weirdness.
I won't vouch for this being a "good" movie, but I'll be darned if "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" isn't entertaining. The guy with the plate in his head was genuinely creepy, and the first scene with Stretch and Leatherface inside the lair was absolute GENIUS. Overall a nice send-off of the original "TCM," but some of the humor and references to the original movie were a little too obvious. Hopper wasn't very effective.
And the Academy Award for making a chainsaw a phallic symbol goes to...AHHH!!! No! No! I've seriously outgrown movies like these and need to pace watching them... There's only so many humans screaming and vital fluids oozing I can take before I get bored and annoyed. Props to Dennis Hopper for his maniacal performance (bring it down! bring it down!) Unfinished until next Halloween....
So much different from the original that it feels like it was made after series of generic sequels. While the predecessor offered sustained horror in a form of horrifying realism, this one comes as a triumph of set design and deranged gorefest wrapped into dark comedy. And it works, from the daring opening all the way to the grande finale - with Dennis Hopper revisiting Frank Booth's finer moments.
This was one hysterical movie. From the get go it is evident this is a different beast compared to the original. The violence, visuals and comedy (!!!) go off the charts with such glee it is hard to fend off the sheer insanity of the movie. I had a blast with it eventhough it might not be a "good" movie per se.
Crackles with such a manic, nonsensical energy that I couldn't help but enjoy every moment. Williams is a delight when two-stepping in her cowgirl boots, hat, and borrowed face. (And Hopper... !) Somehow, this seems the most "Texas" of the series. Even profaning the "chainsaw dance" left me laughing in genial surprise at the film's close. Keep an eye out for the rather remarkable set design and lighting of the mines.