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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extras! It's what the people want! NAM LAND!!
If you are a serious fan of horror films or you already have the bare-bones DVD version of TCM 2 then you need to buy the Gruesome Edition now. Comparing Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 to the original or the other sequels/remakes is pointless because this film is a beast all its own. It was made to be different than the first and Tobe Hooper lived up to it. It is quite obvious...
Published on October 21, 2006 by Herbert West

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "I am the lord of the harvest!"
If you enjoyed the original Texas Chain Saw, you'll be able to enjoy this. However, if you think the original was The Greatest Movie Ever Made and redefined your life as you know it forever, you might be insulted by the wildly different direction Tobe Hooper has taken the franchise.

Dennis Hopper is out for revenge (with chainsaws no less) against everyone's...
Published on July 25, 2006 by Sean L.


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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extras! It's what the people want! NAM LAND!!, October 21, 2006
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Herbert West (The Rabbit Hole) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (The Gruesome Edition) (DVD)
If you are a serious fan of horror films or you already have the bare-bones DVD version of TCM 2 then you need to buy the Gruesome Edition now. Comparing Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 to the original or the other sequels/remakes is pointless because this film is a beast all its own. It was made to be different than the first and Tobe Hooper lived up to it. It is quite obvious that this film is camp, but thats what makes it so great. The absurdness, the heavy gore(lovingly provided by legend Tom Savini), the rockin' soundtrack(The Cramps, Concrete Blonde), and the action just makes this one of my favorite horror movies ever. The performances are completley memorable. Bill Mosley's Chop-Top character is one of the funniest and most iconic roles ever. Caroline Williams is one hell of a shrieker and plays the part of Stretch to a T. The locations and set pieces really gives this film an epic feel, especially the amazing underground lair of the Sawyer Family. The only horror fans that I can imagine that wouldnt like TCM II are those who like "serious" horror only or purists of the original. This was made for the American horror fan. I mean come on, dueling chainsaw battles between Dennis Hopper(Blue Velvet, River's Edge) and Leatherface? This is the stuff dreams are made of. The original carries the "classic" disturbing value, but Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 takes the cake as far as entertainment value is concerned.

The extras are great. The 90 minute interview segments with the actors/filmakers is great. Bill Johnson(Leatherface), Bill Mosely(Chop-Top), and Caroline Williams(Stretch) recall their fond memories and share great stories on this wonderful flick. The great Tom Savini also shares his memories on working on the film and creating the gore. The deleted scenes arent overly amazing, but the underground parking lot jock slaughter scene was FUNNY! You just have to see it. That and it was funny to know that Joe Bobb Briggs was going to have a role in the film. Bottom line is that this DVD is a must have. Nuff said.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very misunderstood sequel, January 3, 2006
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This 80's sequel to the 1974 hit "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is actually a good movie once you set aside the fact that it is completely different from the original. Those expecting a continuation of part 1 are sadly mistaken. This wild sequel is more about special effects, action, gore and dark humor. I like this one a lot simply because it doesn't take itself too seriously and it's actually a decent movie, there is a pretty good ammount of thrills and laughs, and I like it very much.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sequel that is worthy of the original., July 18, 2012
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This review is from: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (The Gruesome Edition) (DVD)
Most people don't realize what a genius Tobe Hooper really is. When Tobe Hooper created the original "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" in 1974, he created a terrifying, horror masterpiece that set the standards for slasher films to come. Tobe also realized something that most other horror producers never figured out; you can't sell the same movie twice. That's why many horror franchises continued drop box office sales lower and lower with every single sequel they made. Tobe realized that audiences get tired of seeing the same thing over and over again. He knew he could not top the masterpiece he created, so he created another form of masterpiece. "Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2" is an over the top thrill ride that will entertain you from begining to end. Whereas the first TCM provided shere terror,TCM2 provided thrills, excessive gore, and it's own brand of dark humor. The film is pure genius, and provides an epic conclusion to the events that had unfolded over a decade earlier.

The amazing thing is that this was truly the end of the series. Tobe Hooper ended the film in such away that it was impossible for any of it's characters to return. "Leatherface: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 3" failed to explain how Leatherface returned for another movie after being killed off in TCM2. The only film in the series worth watching after TCM2, is "Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2004)," the remake. Another thing worth noting, is that Tobe Hooper has a way of creating colorful characters that stand-out and sell the movie. The sequels that followed TCM2 all had very bland characters. Chop-top steals the scenes as much as Leatherface in TCM2, and who could forget the Hitchhiker in the first TCM. So do yourselves a favor, and check this movie out.

Now if only MGM studios will get in gear and release this masterpiece on blu-ray, and give it the royal treatment it deserves.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well its on DVD, September 4, 2000
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But not the one they said they were putting out complete with commentary, deleted scenes, some deleted scenes and gore put back in the movie, still galleries and all that stuff. Maybe its on its way, I hope.
This is the only sequel worth looking at in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series. Its sloppy, cheesy, funny,overly done and its fantastic! It rates nowhere near the original TCM's level so if you havent seen it yet don't go in expecting something that tops the first film, a sequel never could cause Texas Chainsaw Massacre is just something thats impossible to make a sequel to.
This is a very odd movie. Taking place years after the first one its about a airhead DJ who's 24/7 horrible 80s music (in TCM?!! the first film the music on the radio was just strange guitar diddles that were timeless) station records two 80s stock characters-college party dorks complete with 80s sunglasses getting sawed up by Leatherface while driving on tape. As you can see from the start this movie bears no resembalance to the first one even though directed by the same man. This film is a gorefest that was not meant to be taken seriously as a film or as a sequel yet it angered a ton of people for being unrealistic and comedic. There's a chainsaw fight at the end with Dennis Hopper vs Leatherface so.. I can see why if your a stiff neck "serious horror only" types who couldn't understand why Evil Dead 2 was so stupid (and didn't see it was being goofy and over the top on purpose like this film is).
There are some great performances from Jim Siedow who returns from the first film as Cook (or Drayton Sawyer) only not as serious or menacing but still does great job. Bill Johnson as Leatherface is good too, he's not Gunner Hansen Leatherface either, this is a totally different looking and acting Leatherface thats not even scarey (like this film is actually supposed to be in the first place), this man does a fine job creating this Frankenstienish character. Dennis Hopper is well, Dennis Hopper (armed with 3 chainsaws). And then there is the real star of the film, Bill Moseley as Chop Top, Hitch Hiker's twin brother who was in Vietnam during the first film. Tobe Hooper let this man loose on camera with him improvising 92% of his scenes and the ones with Jim Siedow. Those two together are comic genious! Jim always complaining while Bill hops around with a half crushed corpse (could it be Hitch Hiker?) mocking him and Leatherface just standing around running place to place as Cook yells at him. They're almost like the cannabalistic 3 Stooges!
There was a ton of awesome footage cut from this film before it was released. Some very long gorey scenes were cut thanks to the MPAA and others cut or trimmed for pacing thanks to Cannon Films. Thats why it seems incomplete, we don't even get to see half of Tom Savini's wicked gore work he did. There was VHS version released last year with some cut scenes in horrible quality at the end, not all of the cut scenes either. I hope that Tobe Hooper pieces this film back together and releases it on DVD
Write Tobe and beg him to! Also if you loved Chop Top as much as I did go to Bill Moseley's website [...]
AND GO BUY DEAD ALIVE ON DVD CAUSE ITS THE BLOODIEST FILM OF ALL TIME!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incoming Mail!, June 8, 1999
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Well, it's just really funny. I can say this. Nothing like the first, which drew a lot of praise from afficionados who know great filmmaking when they see it. TCM II is great for other reasons: these murderers are so whacked you have to laugh and you have to ask, over and over, were they REALLY acting? How could anyone ACT this well?
Chop-top owns the film. His scenes ooze brilliance, though Drayton's march down victory lane at the beginning, when he proudly accepts first prize in the Texas Chili Championship, leaves you breathless: "I love this town, this town likes PRIME MEAT!!"
How is it that Chop-Top comes to own the film? Several vignettes from a key scene tell the tale:
--The crazies have infiltrated the radio station and the female DJ is nervous. What do they want? Chop-Top wants to buy some "radio ad time" and while he waits for her to give him the particulars, he uses a heated coat hanger to scrape off and eat pieces of the scalp-flesh that help camouflage his metal plate.
--Later in the scene, the crazies are getting down to business. Program Director LG finds himself on the receiving end of a cast iron shampoo administered by our beloved metalhead. As he delivers the goods with the ball peen hammer, Chop Top screams, "Incoming Mail!"
--Same scene, Leatherface and Chop-Top scuffle. Chop-Top's hairpiece is compromised. He turns to Leatherface and lets loose: "Leatherface, you BITCH, you burned my Sonny Bono wig-doooooo!"
I won't give the rest away. Buy this one and watch it repeatedly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars time for incoming male!, May 13, 2012
This review is from: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (The Gruesome Edition) (DVD)
a great addition to the series. one of the most fun expiriences ive ever had watching a movie! probably the best sequel tot the series, in my opinon! old and new characters, with very few flaws. nothing bad i can say, and this is a must for a texas chainsaw massacre fan! DO NOT READ THE BAD REVIEWS. JUST BUY IT, TRUST ME.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "I am the lord of the harvest!", July 25, 2006
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Sean L. (Twin Peaks, USA) - See all my reviews
If you enjoyed the original Texas Chain Saw, you'll be able to enjoy this. However, if you think the original was The Greatest Movie Ever Made and redefined your life as you know it forever, you might be insulted by the wildly different direction Tobe Hooper has taken the franchise.

Dennis Hopper is out for revenge (with chainsaws no less) against everyone's favorite psycho cannibal family. After a long set-up, this film comes to an amazing conclusion with Hopper taking on the family with akimbo chainsaws. It's a feast for the eyes. He also drops one of the most repeatable movie quotes ever: "I AM THE LORD OF THE HARVEST!!" Try using this one at social functions.

However, what the movie loses is a lot of the raw, grainy feel of the original. While this one is glossy and the blood flows on screen, one almost misses the power of the first, where the bulk of the violence was left to the imagination. An extended scene involving Leatherface tormenting a young girl is almost too much.

But if you're in the mood for a very fun horror movie, this one's definitely a riot, especially for Dennis Hopper's unforgettable performance.
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28 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Don't cry, my brother...", November 16, 2003
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Michael Crane (Orland Park, IL USA) - See all my reviews
If you're looking for a movie about the human spirit, or a movie that can change the world... then find something else. If you're looking for a brutal and disturbing slasher flick that's both ridiculous and cheesy (but is still a good time), then "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" is the perfect thing for you. From the original source behind "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," Tobe Hooper brings forth a disgusting and sometimes humorous sequel that will make you feel guilty for enjoying it.
Dennis Hopper plays a Texas Ranger, Lefty, who's bent on revenge and wants compensation in blood for the murder of his brother's children (from the original movie). A radio DJ may be his only hope of getting the murderers responsible, as she claims to have a tape of one of the murders taking place. The tape happened when a couple of goofballs decided to call her show, only to end up running into a chainsaw murderer and ending up dead. Lefty advises her to play the tape on air to draw the killer or killers out... the only problem is that the cannibalistic family has a record of "taking care" of witnesses in their own way. The results all lead up to a terribly disturbing and disgusting slasher flick that you won't forget (even if you want to).
Now, the movie is enjoyable if you take these few things under consideration: 1) This movie was not made with hopes of making it on the AFI list of Greatest Movies one day. 2) It doesn't live up to the original, so don't even think of setting your expectations that high. 3) This is a ridiculous and sometimes cheesy movie that its only purpose is really to shock, disgust, and perhaps even get a rise out of you. If you take all of these things into account, the chances of you enjoying this movie will increase.
What really makes the movie work is Dennis Hopper. He is usually a joy to watch in any movie, and this one is no exception. I don't know if the movie would be that great had he not been in it, as he really takes his character to the limit (and has fun in the process). The sequel is much more disgusting and violent than the original, but isn't really as shocking. Still, it is a pretty enjoyable flick if you're in the right mood and take it for what it is.
The DVD doesn't have a whole lot to offer, although I don't think a lot of special features are needed for a movie like this. The picture and sound quality is decent, but you really don't want a "great looking" picture with a movie like this. It adds the raw feeling to it better when the picture looks grainy and imperfect. The DVD offers both widescreen and standard versions of the movie. The only special feature that's included is the theatrical trailer for the movie (which isn't all that great).
All in all, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" is a great time if you know what you are getting yourself into and you know what to expect. Again, this is not "Citizen Kane" we're talking about; this is a stupid and goofy slasher flick that's only aim is some kind of entertainment. And, I happen to think that it achieves that, at least in my eyes. If you're looking for a goofy and disturbing slasher flick, this may be the one for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..AMAZING ARROW RELEASE.", December 6, 2013
I think this movie gets too much negativity, its really worth checking out, especially now arrow films has given it the royal treatment on Blu-ray, the story carries on nicely from the original in the best way possible, Tobe Hooper once again directs, in many ways the sequel is better than the original, we get an amazingly insane performance from Bill Johnson who plays the role of the infamous Leatherface, the rest of the cast too is fantastic and all add to a deeply insane portrayal of one of the most messed up families in movie history, and of course a youngish Dennis Hopper playing the lead who is hunting down the family for revenge, this movie takes on a darker edge than the original which is no surprise really as it was made 12 years after, this movie thanks to Arrow films has been given a great HD transfer and had scenes restored so it has more gore than previous UK DVD releases, this box set also contains a very cool book and extra bonus discs crammed full of hours of features and bonus early films from Tobe Hooper plus more, this really is the holy grail version of this movie, a must for fans and horror buffs in general, its a great film, everyway as fun as the original, crazy over the top violence, black comedy, this truly is also a classic too, there wasn't another good chainsaw movie made after this one!! Blu-ray region B, DVD'S are region 0
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Chainsaw 'A Bloody Good Time', September 16, 2013
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, is my personal favorite out of the Chainsaw series.

This movie is fun and bloody, it also has the best character 'Chop Top' played my Bill Mosley is fantastic. I also recommend watching/listening to the commentary. It's a commentary and for the most part a reunion, they give you some cool information while quoting some of their line in character.
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