The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

When setting out to make the sequel to the scuzzy, visceral and wildly original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre — a film so incredible that pretty much nothing could compete with it — director Tobe Hooper made the bold choice of making the comedic subtext of the first film the overt text, resulting in this colorful, legendary ‘80s slice of satirical Americana written by fellow Texan filmmaking legend L.M. Kit Carson. In a film that shares more kinship with funhouse splatter flicks like Evil Dead 2 and Dead Alive than its immediate predecessor, Hooper assembles a great cast with genre star-making turns from Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams (as the sexy heroine DJ Stretch) and original Chainsaw alum Jim Siedow, but the real casting coup is the inclusion of gonzo Dennis Hopper as the chainsaw-wielding sheriff gunning for revenge on Leatherface and his kin. Arguably the most fun and re-watchable of the franchise, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a veritable feast of gags and gore. Besides, what more perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving can there be than with the cannibalistic First Family of Horror? Have a seat at the table — we’ve saved you a drumstick!
Dir. Tobe Hooper, 1986, 35mm, 89 min.

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