The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” is a love it or hate it movie.
It’s no secret that the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is an ahead of its time horror classic. To this day, it remains one of the genre’s finest offerings. The sequel, on the other hand, is an entirely different matter. To some, it’s an underrated gem. To others, it’s a jarring mess. To me, I definitely fall in with the latter group.
Set 13 years after the original film, the sequel finds a DJ (Stretch) and a vengeful rogue Texas Ranger (Lefty) coming face to face with the cannibalistic Sawyer family made up of The Cook, Leatherface, Grandpa and Chop-Top.
If there’s one thing I can say about “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2,” it’s that I admire the fact that director Tobe Hooper tried something different. He didn’t try to copy the original nor did he take the easy way out. Instead, he created something that is a complete 180 from what came before. And I mean a complete 180.
To me, the sequel plays like a cartoonish, trashy, over-the-top, sloppy mess. The film is largely comprised of bad comedic moments, oddball characters, out of place music and scenes, annoying Sawyer family hijinks, bizarre tonal changes, and an absolutely pitiful ending. It’s everything the first film wasn’t and not for the better. Now, I will fully admit that the film does have a very vocal fanbase that adores the nuttiness of this sequel. I’m just not one of those people. If you have to watch any of the sequels or prequels, I’d recommend the third film or even the “Texas Chainsaw 3D” which at least took the franchise in a different direction while maintaining the dark tone.
Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? There are actually 2 prints of the film on two discs. The first print is the best of the two as it’s a 2K HD scan. Yes, there’s grain, but the colors have never looked better for this sequel. The second print is the original HD master which also looks fantastic.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The track is a bit on the flat side for my taste as it doesn’t sound like 5.1 DTS quality. Still, it’s a solid track nonetheless.
* Still galleries, theatrical trailers, and TV spots.
* An alternate opening credit sequence and 4 deleted scenes.
* A whopping 44 minute behind the scenes footage compilation.
* “It Runs In The Family Extended Outtakes”- Interview outtakes from the making of documentary.
* “Behind The Mask”- A near 14 minute interview with stuntman and Leatherface actor Bob Elmore about his life and career.
* “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds”- A tour of several of the film’s shooting locations. I’m a sucker for these type of extras. They’re just fun for us horror fans (even if you don’t like the movie).
* “It Runs In The Family”- The biggest extra feature here is this extensive 81 minute making of documentary which contains stills, a wealth of interviews, tons of behind-the-scenes stories, film clips, and more.
* “House of Pain”- Interviews with make-up artists Bart Mixon, Gino Crognale, John Vulich and Gabe Bartalos.
* “Yuppie Meat”- 19 minutes of interviews with actors Chris Douridas and Barry Kinyon who appear in the film’s opening minutes.
* “Cutting Moments”- An interview with editor Alain Jakubowicz.
* Three commentary tracks. One with Richard Kooris, Cary White, Laura Kooris, and Michael Sullivan, the second with David Gregory and Tobe Hooper and the third with Michael Felsher, Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams and Tom Savini. The third track is easily the most lively and entertaining one to listen to.
Overall Thoughts: Fans of the film will be over the moon with this extra feature packed release. Everyone else would do best to steer clear of this wretched sequel.
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