The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Over ten years after making the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper returns to his deranged family of reclusive cannibals for another round of chainsaw chases and non-stop screaming. Hooper brings a real budget this time (having recently directed Poltergeist for Steven Spielberg) and the talents of veteran make-up artist Tom Savini. This means he can make things bigger, louder, and gorier than ever before -- and they are. He also brings a wacky, self-deprecating sense of humor, as if deliberately flaunting Texas Chainsaw Massacre's status as one of the first and still greatest… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"No matter how adeptly Chainsaw 2 was put together, it would remain just another exploitation flick for fans who get a tingle from watching blades slash into flesh and innards peep out."
‑ Walter Goodman, New York Times
"Seems intent on mocking the first film, rather than paying respect to it and sewing a new narrative."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A ripe and wicked horror-comedy, as black as pitch and every bit as violent as naysayers mistakenly accused the first film of being."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"...if nothing else, the entire flick may be worth a look for the absurd moment in which Leatherface breaks loose with a particularly apt example of the ol' shifty eye."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's all good as long as you consider it a blacker than black comedy (and not a horror movie)."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"Part 2 has a lot of blood and disembowelment, to be sure, but it doesn't have the terror of the original, the desire to be taken seriously. It's a geek show."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"But time has been kind to this strange movie, and now it plays like a bizarre satire of 80s excess-kind of like a backwoods version of American Psycho with equal parts gross-out humor and over-the-top acting."
‑ Eric Melin,
"There is absolutely nothing to distract us from the sheer misery of watching oblivious clowns cracking awful jokes."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The film feels as if Hooper himself has nothing but contempt for the original and went out of his way to tear it down."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Irresistibly demented."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Sure, there's a lot more gore and some chainsaw violence paying off for what wasn't seen in its predecessor, but this leaves a lot to be desired when all is said and done"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A good deal gorier and more disturbing than the original. Certainly it's far better than the soulless 2003 remake."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Society is restored as before, but it's a society based on victims and victimizers. De Sade rewrites Darwin."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"'Bloody' good fun....Hooper's still the man when it comes to horror"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The most tedious crapfest I've sat through in a while. Annoying characters who never shut up. Even some amusing moments with Hopper can't save it."
‑ Brian Mckay,
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