Sunday, October 26, 2014
The MONTH of HORROR - Day 26: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Now, I refuse to believe that director Tobe Hooper could be responsible for one of the greatest horror films of all time, Poltergeist, and then a few years later to turn around and helm this sorry excuse for a sequel. I've heard all of the conspiracy theories that Steven Spielberg actually directed 'Poltergeist' however for whatever reason he wasn't allowed to put his name on it but now after watching Texas Pukesaw Crapfest 2, I'm a believer! Hooper must have gotten lucky with the original, the shoestring budget probably stretched the limits of his talents, and he peaked with its 1973 release.
The story here (being generous) follows a local radio DJ who for no reason that makes sense is terrorized by the inbred Chainsaw family, and if she doesn't even know how to properly work the station's phone board, then how ever will she manage against a homicidal group of mouth-breathing hillbillies? I am convinced that Rob Zombie drew his inspiration for the Firefly family in 'House of 1000 Corpses' from this movie, as every character here acts in a completely whacked out sort of way, and it can't be pure coincidence that Bill Mosely plays the lead nutjob both in this, and in 'Corpses'. Everything is over the top, and it's not charming, it's headache inducing.
Legs McScream Face (her name now, she has nice stems) stupidly winds up in Chainsaw family's underground funhouse of horrors, and while she's running around down there playing the worst game ever of hide and seek, she somehow befriends Leatherface who then shows his appreciation by gifting her his favourite human face--awww. So, With Legs now sporting her new face mask, she continues to dodge the rest of the family, and while sloppily running around the very intricate tunnel system that is amazingly lit, Dennis Hopper's sheriff character is randomly, and LOUDLY, chainsawing the foundation apart. This summary doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense but I swear I'm writing this down verbatim of how it actually happens in the movie--it's almost like that kid who always sniffed white out, and magic markers in grade school was given a camera.
Wrapping up, I will actually recommend this flick because of how utterly stupid it is although if you're brave enough to watch it stone sober, you're doing it wrong.