Top positive review
Texas Chainsaw for the MTV generation
on 11 February 2016
Entertaining sequel to the all out grim 70s classic. But whether you will like it or not if you love the original is anyone's guess. Be sure this sequel is more open, even has some lines of comedy in it and is a far different beast to the original.
Part 2 concerns a DJ who gets a prank call but the pranksters get killed by Leatherface and the family whilst out on the road and the whole deaths are recorded on air. When she plays it again at the request of bounty hunter Dennis Hopper, 'the family' come for her at the radio show. First half of the movie is played out mostly in DJ headquarters whilst the second half is played out at the family's new underground home. You can tell the budget is 10x bigger than the original, the sets look very good.
Tobe Hooper who directed the first movie is back again, and yet his touch never feels like it's here, as said before this sequel is very different from the first movie. Dennis Hopper at first is very good as the hunter whose family member Franklin from the first movie was killed by Leatherface. Hopper has some of the best lines and we even get a chainsaw duel between him and Leatherface. But arguably stealing the movie is Bill Moseley as one of the family members. So good was he that Michael Keaton took inspiration from his character to play Beetlejuice.
There are a few problems with this sequel- the police apart from the beginning are nowhere to be found, even though the tape recording was supposed to bring them out of the cracks. The movie never tells us the fate of some of the characters and the finale is taken from the original. A little tired, though final shot looks great.
All in all this is a good sequel for what it is trying to be which is ultimately to be more open for teenagers at the time who could see the character of Leatherface and family as more cool, hence the original promo posters at the time.