Monday, December 5, 2011

11-25-11: The Saw is Family

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2 (1986) *** 89 mins. D: Tobe Hooper. Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley, Bill Johnson.

After capturing on air the mysterious death of a pair of college kids, a radio DJ is terrified by Leatherface and his family of cannibals. Meanwhile a former Texas Ranger, obsessed with find the family, is hot on their trail.

With a bigger budget, Hooper has made a sequel that is tonally different from his original horror classic. The emphasis is on black comedy with touches of unsettling horror.

While not a classic, I rather enjoyed this sequel for the most part. Yes, it's nuts but still has enough blood and gore to satisfy the average gorehound. Although the violence is rather tame compared to the current state of torture-porn horror films like "Saw" of "Hostel."

Hopper is very memorable as "Lefty" the lone Ranger out to put an end to the Sawyer family. Caroline Williams is also quite good as "Stretch" and is a helluva screamer.

It's bloody, funny, gory and quirky. It succeeds where others failed when following up a horror classic. Not as good but still a worthy follow up.

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