The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986)
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Written by: L.M. Kit Carson
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley, Bill Johnson, Lou Perry, Ken Evert
First of quite a few sequels to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (okay, there aren't that many, but there are more than I thought there were).
About a radio DJ who captures the chainsaw people's latest murder on tape, thus becoming their next target. Lucky for her, leatherface thinks she's hot (turns out all that chainsaw business is a sex thing - like we couldn't figure that out already. I mean, just look at the way he holds it). Meanwhile, Dennis Hopper is the Lord of the Harvest.
No really, I have no idea what the fuck he's doing in this movie. He's a cop or something, and the father of two of the kids from the first movie (or their uncle. Or their brother. Or all three...). He spends a lot of time running around with a chainsaw.
The movie tries for a little more funny than the last one - in fact, almost none of it can be taken seriously. Some of it actually manages to be mildly amusing, but mostly it's just weird. What the hell is with this movie, kind of weird. A lot of it doesn't really make that much sense.
Other parts feel like some kind of wacky sitcom they'd show on CMT at 3 in the morning. Like Roseanne on acid. Join the Sawyer family and see what kind of crazy antics the boys get into this week. Actually, that's not such a bad idea. This should be a real show. It could be all about their chili business.
Overall it kind of feels like they had way too much money and no idea what to do with it. Apparently they had some editing problems with this movie (I'm not sure of the actual details, but there were issues) which would explain a lot.
I mean, what the hell does happen to Dennis Hopper? He's just gone. Ah well.
And the only person in this movie who was also in the original was Jim Siedow. Interestingly. I looked up Gunnar Hansen just for the hell of it and came across something called Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (listed as 'in pre-production on IMDb). Apparently he's in that.
What I also learned during my travels on IMDb is that Bill Moseley's character isn't the same as that guy with the camera in the other movie. Not that this particular piece of information is necessary or interesting. I was just wondering about that.
Okay, that's all I really care to write about this movie.