Monday, May 25, 2009

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

I've never been able to figure why horror fans and critics alike took to skewering this wonderful bit of black comedy. Make no bones here, while TCM 2 uses characters from the 1974 original it is in no way a sequel proper. This is party due to the studio pissing around with the intended script which in light of the finished product was not necessarily a bad thing. Intended or not, much like the first, this film changed the way horror pictures were made incorporating the blend of sick humor and even sicker splat. Tom Savini and his crew produce some of their finest work here making it imperative you watch an uncut copy as many copies are missing up to twenty minutes of footage. As for the characters, there isn't a dud in the bunch and some of the lines are utterly priceless. Bill Mosely as Chop Top is one of my faves and I have a great picture he was kind enough to inscribe with one of my face quotes from TCM , "LICK MY PLATE YOU DOG DICK" and believe it or not there are lines to top this one. I say believe it or not as I'm always stunned by the number of people who still haven't bothered to watch this classic. Jim Siedow was the only member of the cast to have been in the original and fittingly enough this was his last film while many are of the mind Ken Evert as Granpa Sawyer was also in the original when in fact this is his only film appearance period. Look briefly for my man Kinky Friedman in a cameo and be sure to pay close attention to the scene where Dennis Hopper buys the chainsaws.


Blogger dag said...

saw a while ago but don't remember seeing Kinky Friedman in it, where in the movie does he appear?

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