Over ten years after making the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper returns to his deranged family of reclusive cannibals for another round of chainsaw chases and non-stop screaming. Hooper brings a real budget this time (having recently directed Poltergeist for Steven Spielberg) and the talents of veteran make-up artist Tom Savini. This means he can make things bigger, louder, and gorier than ever before -- and they are. He also brings a wacky, self-deprecating sense of humor, as if deliberately flaunting Texas Chainsaw Massacre's status as one of the first and still greatest "splatter" movies. The result is an impish take-off on the original film (and contemporary horror movies in general) that elevates its own clichés -- buckets of blood and gore, droll dialogue, the screaming female lead -- to the level of high camp. The movie is loosely concerned with a small-town disc jockey named "Stretch" (Caroline Williams, who does most of the screaming) and an embittered Texas Ranger named "Lefty" (Dennis Hopper). They team up and decide to put an end to the murderous activities of the Sawyer family once and for all (that is, of course, until Texas Chainsaw Massacre III). The real highlight of the film is when Stretch and Lefty find their way into the Sawyer family hideout -- a ruinous, winding abattoir underneath an abandoned amusement park -- and engage in a chainsaw-battle-to-the-death with Leatherface (Bill Johnson) and the rest of the clan. Jim Siedow is back from the first film as the acerbic Drayton Sawyer, the family cook and owner of the Last Roundup Rolling Grill. Chop-Top (Bill Moseley) and Leatherface do most of the movie's dirty work.~Anthony Reed
Feature audio commentary by director Tobe Hooper with David Gregory, director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth
Feature audio commentary by actors Bill Moseley and Caroline Williams with special effects makeup creator Tom Savini
The Cutting Room Floor: deleted scenes
It Runs in the Family featurette
6 still galleries
L.M. Kit Carson
Dennis HopperLt. "Lefty" Enright
Caroline WilliamsVanita "Stretch" Brock
Jim SiedowDrayton Sawyer the Cook
Barry KinyonMercedes driver
James HarrellCutRite Manager
Judy KellyGourmet Yuppette
Kinky FriedmanSports Anchor
Daniel JenkinsTV Commentator
Jerry LambertComposer (Music Score)
Tobe HooperComposer (Music Score)
Cary WhiteProduction Designer
Daniel MillerArt Director
Carin HooperCostume Designer
Tom SaviniMakeup Special Effects
Horror Comedy,Slasher Film
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Year of Release
DVD, Gruesome Edition
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 [Gruesome Edition] [DVD] 
Tobe Hooper's hilarious sequel to the original TCM
This brilliant sequel swaps the original film's gritty realism for vivid, over-the-top horror comedy. Forget about the various other sequels and remakes (and sequels to remakes), all you need are the 1974 original and this 1986 follow-up. The version I purchased has limited-edition alternate cover art.
Purchased this to fill out my horror movie collection. Recommended of you are a horror movie fan.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Give it another chance!
Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.
It took never years to appreciate this movie. I never understand the direction Tobe hooper took making this compared to the original. I finally understand. He wanted to do something else and original. Every time I rewatch it I love it more and more. It’s funny, brutal, and a fun movie.
This is the only one of the sequels that lives up to the original. Some other sequels are fine but this is the best one.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Classic campy horror of the 80s
One of the best campy horror films, if not the best from the 80's. This one is definitely over the top with special effects from horror effects maestro Tom Savini. This one is totally different from the first because of the comedic twist in it. Caroline Williams character Stretch deserves an academy award for the screaming and true fear she portrays in this film. A must see for all horror and chainsaw fans.In my opinion This entry and the original are the only good films of the franchise. And of course Tobe Hooper came back to direct this 1.
They took a less serious approach with the sequel to TCM. It's basically a horror comedy mixed in with insanity. Dennis Hopper performance alone is worth the admission price of the movie. He plays a sheriff who eventually loses his mind and grabs a pair of chainsaws and goes on a chainsaw cutting spree. They could have made the entire movie based on Dennis Hopper going crazy with a chainsaw and it will be worth seeing. Bill Moseley also gives a great performance as one of the family psychopaths. If you're a fan of the TCM series this is one of the better ones.