Drayton Sawyer, TCM2
|Great poster, great tagline, and a great movie - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986)|
|The one on one chainsaw duel between Leatherface and Lefty|
Director Tobe Hooper realized that trying to top his brilliantly disturbing original with more of the same was a fool's errand. Instead, he chose to bring the dark humor present in the original - but mostly overlooked - out into the spotlight this time. After all, Hooper thought he was making a PG rated movie the first time around. It was based on a violent flight of fancy he had in the hardware department of a crowded store when he was trying to think of a way to get through the crowd and noticed chainsaws for sale. It was filmed under the working title Headcheese, for Pete's sake. Not to belittle Hooper's achievement with the original TCM, but he pretty clearly thought he was making something a little different than what we all took to be a nerve-jangling descent into Hell. In that respect, he failed.
|A Sawyer family portrait from TCM2|
|Leatherface and the Hitchhiker on the bridge|
|Leatherface woos Stretch the only way he knows how|
|Stretch strikes an iconic pose at the conclusion of TCM2|
|The Sawyer family "Breakfast Club" pose|
It pisses me off that Texas Chainsaw 3D had the audacity to rewrite canon and position itself as the true sequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 is, was, and always will be the only true sequel to Hooper's pioneering original. It's a commendable attempt to expand on the Chainsaw saga while being respectful of its trailblazing predecessor. It's better than you remember. Skip the next shitty sequel and watch it again if you don't believe me.