Feature Film Comedy Horror
The sequel to the most notorious horror film of the seventies, turns out to be an insane black comedy for the eighties.
The chainsaws roar once again in this sequel to 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, in which Leatherface does his thing and the scream queen on duty this time is a radio DJ. When people start dying again, sheriff Dennis Hopper jumps into action. The sequel to the most notorious horror film from the seventies turns out to be an insane black comedy for the eighties.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper’s sensational entrance into the horror genre in 1974, had a documentary-like style that added a nasty realistic edge to the activities of the cannibalistic Texan family. For its sequel, Hooper chose a radically different direction. Hooper, in an interview: ‘I thought, we are living in different times: Reaganomics, abundance, Ferris Bueller… It had to be a satirical comedy, also because nobody had actually understood the irony in the first film.’ The film flopped, but has earned itself a solid cult status by now and rightly so. To name just one example: in which other film would you see Dennis Hopper tackling an opponent with not one, but two roaring chainsaws?
|Cast||Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Bill Johnson|