The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

directed by tobe hooper
cannon films/golan-globus productions

Hey, a new competitor for worst movie on this site! For some reason turning one of the best and most impactful horror movies ever made into an extended bout of broadly drawn “humor,” aggravating characterizations, little plot and no point, TCM2 is a chore to endure. Insulting in its carelessness, this flick only could have been more of a cartoon had The Mystery Machine appeared. (Much of the action takes place in an abandoned amusement park, for crying out loud. Where were the Harlem Globetrotters and Phyllis Diller?) Leatherface – sorry, “Bubba” – is reminiscent of Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster, which is not a compliment, much as Bill Moseley’s horrible character seems to have presaged alleged funnyman Jim Carrey’s equally irritating “Fire Marshall Bill.” (And in actuality was a template for Michael Keaton’s Betelgeuse.) Meanwhile, Dennis Hopper spends the first half of the film not even pretending he gives half a damn and the second half hamming it up wildly. Mr. Hooper allegedly wanted to compensate for the audience’s not recognizing the black humor in the original, but this extremely stupid and classless farce raises the question whether his first attempt was just a happy accident. Also commits the sequel’s sin of reductionism while simultaneously destroying continuity – a hapless combination. And the FX suck, too. Excruciating and disgraceful.

why did i watch this movie?

I recently had heard and read positive mentions of it, for which those responsible should have to forfeit their eyesight.

should you watch this movie?

Nobody should watch this movie. This movie should never have been made.

highlight and low point

Highlight: it eventually, mercifully, ends. If you ignore its sequel or two and the three titles following the 2003 reboot.

Rating from outer space: F

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4 thoughts on “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

  1. Oh man. I love this movie. The first four are fun for me, each in their own way. I admit that they’re kind of a mess when you try to make sense of them as a whole, and plot out the family tree.

    I can see where you’re coming from if you thought this movie would be like the first one. I think Tobe Hooper knew he’d fail if he tried to top it in shocks and scares (or maybe he just didn’t want to make the same movie again), so he went the comedy route. To each their own.


  2. I didn’t intend to compare this one with the original … I mean, I TRY to judge these things on the standards upon which they intend to succeed or fail. So I tried to give this one the benefit of the doubt as a “comedy/horror,” but therein lies its problem (or mine): I didn’t think it was funny. Like, at all.

    The only other one of the extended series I’ve seen is the reboot, so I guess I’ve got my work cut out for me in that regard. I can’t even imagine what will be going on by Part IV …

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