The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a 1986 American horror dark comedy slasher film. It was directed and written by Tobe Hopper. It is a sequel to the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It stars Bill Johnson as Leatherface, Dennis Hopper as Lefty Enright, and Caroline Williams as Stretch Brock. The movie takes place ten years after the events of the previous film.
The movie was not a great box office success. It was made on a budget of $4,700,000 and earned less than $9,000,000 dollars.
The film was rated X by the Motion Picture Association of America for horror, violence, language and gore. It was originally banned in Australia, Norway, Sweden and West Germany.
A sequel, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, was released in 1990.
Two rowdy high school seniors are racing along an abandoned stretch of Texas highway, en route to a weekend of fun in Dallas. They are heavily intoxicated and use their car phone to call and harass on-air radio DJ Vanita Stretch Brock. Unable to convince them to hang up, Stretch is forced to keep the line open.
Suddenly, Leatherface, holding a chainsaw, emerges from the back of the truck and proceeds to attack the boys. After a short struggle, Rick tries to shoot Leatherface with a 0.44 Magnum revolver, but misses. Leatherface then slices off part of the head of the driver, and the car ends up crashing.
The following morning, Lieutenant Lefty Enright, former Texas Ranger, and uncle of Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother Franklin, who were victims of Leatherface and his family, arrives at the scene of the crime to help solve the murders of the two teenage boys. Lefty has spent the last thirteen years investigating his niece and nephew's disappearances while investigating reports of mysterious chainsaw killings across Texas. Although regarded with disdain by his peers, Lefty is able to convince the local newspaper to print a tiny article about his quest for justice. The article captures the interest of Stretch, who brings him a copy of the audio tape which recorded the attack on the two teenagers. Mortified, Lefty asks Stretch to play the tape on her night radio show so the law enforcers and the people will have to listen to him.
As the sounds of the horrible attack echo across the airwaves, Leatherface's family arrive at the radio station. While preparing to leave for the night, Stretch finds Chop Top, waiting in the lobby.
Horrified, Stretch locks herself behind the metal door of a storage closet, holding off Leatherface until he comes through the wall. Meanwhile, Stretch's co-worker arrives, but is beaten badly with a tack hammer by Chop Top. As Leatherface approaches Stretch, about to attack, she does some fast talking and charms him into sparing her. He returns to the reception area where he leads Chop Top to believe that he has killed Stretch.
Leatherface and Chop Top haul Stretch's mortally wounded co-worker off to their home, followed by Stretch, who winds up trapped inside the Sawyer home, which is actually an abandoned carnival ground decorated with human bones, multi-colored lights, and carnival remnants.
Lefty soon turns up with three chainsaws of his own and begins to carve up the home in a rage shortly before he finds the remains of his aforemntioned nephew, Franklin. Stretch finds her co-worker dead and takes a look around the hideout. Drayton finds Stretch roaming the grounds and the family capture her. Lefty eventually finds her being tortured at the dinner table and saves her. Drayton tries to bribe Lefty with money, but Lefty slashes Drayton's back side with the chainsaw, and frees Stretch. A battle between Lefty and the Sawyer family ensues, ending with a chainsaw duel between Leatherface and Lefty.
As a wounded Drayton commentates from under the table, Lefty gains the upper hand and impales Leatherface in the stomach. In the end, Lefty and most of the Sawyer family are apparently killed when a grenade goes off prematurely. Only Chop Top and Stretch managed to escape, where they have a final battle in the carved-out rock tower that overlooks the property.
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 on the Internet Movie Database.
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 on Rotten Tomatoes.
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 on Allmovie.
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