OK, so it’s not as genius of the first, but TCM2 is a different kind of a movie as many have understood. It’s grotesque to the max, the 80s version of the original; arrogant yuppies have replaced hippies, instead of experimental synths we have radio play rock and hiphop, and instead of terror there’s disgust, irony, exaggeration.
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.
If there is one person that can do a dark parody on Tobe Hooper's original movie then it is the original director himself. This is mostly an absurd movie with Dennis Hopper starring as a crazy chainsaw swinging avenger. The disgusting creepy and sick Leatherface family gets enhanced which is kind-of interesting but there is also a lot more sadistic sick torture porn that shockingly pale with today's gore films.
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.
In the grand tradition of Evil Dead 2 and Nightmare on Elm Street 3, TCM 2 is the rare horror sequel that turns the premise of the original into an absurd, looney tunes-esque kinda sorta comedy. Though it all looks great, it's not entirely successful due to it's over reverence to the original and Caroline Williams who turns in a fabulous performance for the first 35-ish minutes before devolving into a screeching bore
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.
Una versión caricaturizada de su primera parte, en donde el que parecía el héroe, termina siendo tan demente como su antagónicos. Denis Hooper aquí cumple la función de actor de culto, es decir, el de protagonizar a un personaje excéntrico, hasta cierto punto exagerado. De hecho eso es "La matanza de Texas 2". Leatherface agitándo su sierra como un mico, una mujer que apela a la bondad de su orate verdugo?
No me gusta mucho el concepto de placer culpable, pero es el mejor término que se me ocurre para definir esta película demente, gore y extrañamente cómica. Algunas escenas se alargan gratuitamente y el personaje de Bill Moseley pasa de ser inquietante a irritante, insoportablemente irritante. La primera no tiene comparación.
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.