“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” (1986) is the uninspired sequel to the revolutionary “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” The film stars Jim Siedow, who reprises his role as “The Cook,” and also the late great Dennis Hopper as a Texas Ranger.
This film is about a local radio DJ “Stretch” who happens to become a witness to the slayings of two teenage punks after they call into her radio show. Dennis Hopper convinces “Stretch” to play the tape on air hoping that the killers would show up. It turns out that he was right….
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” is a totally different beast than the first “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” It is more of a dark comedy than a horror film. It starts off with 80’s Disco Pop music and the 80’s fashion is in full effect here. Tell me, does that strike anyone as scary? The grittiness and the excellent music from the first film is completely absent here. To top off the dark comedy theme the poster itself spoofs The Breakfast Club,
This film did have a few good scenes, in particular the killing of the teenage hoodlums in the first act. The scene with the grandpa and the final end sequence, which I won’t spoil, were also highlights of this film. Not to mention the girl who played “Stretch” was very good here. Dennis Hopper had his usual crazy side, but I’ve seen much better performances elsewhere from him. Other than what was mentioned, this film is totally unforgettable.
I know I’m going to catch a lot of flack because this movie is a cult classic, but this film is average at best and probably slightly below average with only a few saving graces. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” doesn’t need sequels or remakes and this is cold hard proof.