One of the most beloved horror films of all time is that of Tobe Hooper’s classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre. While there have been sequels and remakes none can fully live up to the greatness of the original. That doesn’t mean that Hooper didn’t try with his 1986 sequel aptly titled The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Now Shout Factory is bringing the crazed sequel to Blu-ray with a an all-new collector’s edition.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 follows Radio DJ Vanita ‘Stretch’ Brock’s open request night that is plagued by the annoying phone pranking of two road tripping, party-hard, hoodlums, but things take a disturbing turn when the hoodlums meet their demise at the hands of familiar chainsaw wielding maniacs. With the entire gruesome ordeal recorded on tape, Stretch seeks out the help of a former Texas Marshall who’s on a personal quest of vengeance against this family of cannibals. While at first he turns her down, he eventually decides to use her tape to his advantage, asking her to air it during her request block- effectively baiting the cannibals to the radio station where he’ll personally deal with them. This is one of those sequels that has its own appeal but takes a completely different direction than the original which is both good and bad. First off the cast is great here including Dennis Hopper, Bill Mosley, Bill Johnson, and Jim Siedow who is the only original cast member to return and gets to chew up the scenery like only he could. The story is silly and all over the place, but thanks to the over the top insane performances from everyone involved most notably the always awesome Bill Mosely the movies is still a lot of fun. This is the last type of film you would expect Dennis Hopper to appear in and despite the stories that he hated it, it still looks like he is having a blast and cutting loose here.
There is plenty of gore and goofy fun to be had with this sequel that loses the gritty tone of the original, but replaces it with the over the top absurd dark humor that meshes to perfection with these insane characters. Whether you are a fan or not no true horror fan can go without a complete collection which makes this latest release a must have. In addition to the film this release includes tons of bonus features including commentaries, interviews, deleted scenes, a documentary, alternate opening and so much more. Rev up the chainsaw and revisit the Sawyer family with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 on Blu-ray now from Shout Factory.
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