For a decade, Texas Ranger Lefty Enright has sought to avenge the brutal murder of his kin by the cannibalistic Sawyer family - Leatherface, Chop - Top, Cook and Grandpa. With the help of a radio DJ who's also bent on putting an end to the terror, Lefty finds his way to the Sawyers' underground butcher shop, where a battle of epic proportions soon rages...and the line between good and evil gets chopped to bits!
An unremarkable sequel
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 review by Shatner's Bassoon
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The original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a horror classic for many reasons. The clever use of implied violence and psychological terror were far more shocking than actually showing the graphic acts would have been. For this follow up, Tobe Hooper spoils his original 'less is more' formula by going over the top with gore and parody. The problem is that that the gory special effects are just not believable and the humour is way over the top. On the positive side, a totally psychotic performance by Bill Moseley as the music loving, wig wearing 'Chop Top' is the perfect accomplice for 'Leatherface'. Overall, there are certainly worse horror films than this one, but compared to the 1974 original, 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2' is short on the fright factor and plays more for laughs than terror.