Movie Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2
Stretch plays the audio of the murder on-air and catches the attention of the Sawyer clan, Lefty’s plan all along, later that night, after her assistant, LG, goes out from the radio station, she hears some weird noises and come across a ghastly looking figure played by Bill Moseley, who without a doubt, is not only the best actor in this film, but the role he plays as ‘Chop Top’ is as iconic as Leatherface and essentially launched his career as a horror icon within his own right. Moseley delivers some deliciously disturbing dialogue and just oozing with creepiness. Chop Top is actually the twin brother of The Hitchhiker from the original film and the resemblance is certainly noticeable through the performance. Both equally bat shit crazy. Stretch tries to get rid of Chop Top unsuccessfully when Leatherface bursts through from the darkness, narrowly avoiding Stretch with his chainsaw but slicing the side of his brothers head, exposing his metal plate (“Lick my plate you dog dick!”), Stretch flees behind a metal door similar to the one that lead to Leatherface’s abattoir in the original film, I guess that the “in” thing for interior decorating was psychopath-chic between 1973 and 1986.
LG returns to the station and is attacked by Leatherface and Chop Top, Leatherface rushes back to try and kill Stretch as Chop Top smashes LG’s brains in with a hammer. Messy stuff. Leatherface eventually breaks through but finds himself attracted to stretch, doing that odd chainsaw thrust I mentioned earlier, before leaving her to live. Chop Top believes Stretch to be dead so they take LG’s body in the back of their truck and head for their hideout.
Stretch makes chase after them, with Lefty following behind her, unbeknown to her, he used her as bait. They find themselves at an abandoned underground Alamo Theme Park again decorated with human remains, bones and…Christmas lights? Stretch falls through an opening in the floor and finds herself trapped within the lair of the family. I should take this time to mention that earlier on, we saw Lefty try out numerous chainsaws at a rightfully named ‘Cut-Rite’ chainsaw store and he’s brought them in bunches. Strapping two small ones to his belt and brandishing a large one, he begins going to town on the structure beams of the lair, trying to bring it down. With Stretch still inside. Considerate guy. While doing so, he comes across the skeletal remains of Franklin from the original film, still sat in that wheelchair of his; thankfully it’s a non-speaking role.
Stretch ends up in Leatherface’s slaughter room and is discovered by Leatherface, now being called, ‘Bubba’ by his family members. He ties her up and places a skinned human face on her, before having a little dance and setting her in the corner in order to hide her from the rest of his family. LG wakes up and reveals its show to us that the skinned face put on Stretch is in fact his. He frees her and dies shortly afterwards from his wounds. Plot convenience, really. Stretch sneaks around the lair trying to escape but she is soon caught by the Sawyers and Leatherface is forced to make a choice between “Sex and The Saw”, you see, sex is good but…get ready for it, the iconic line… “The Saw is Family!”. Stretch is knocked out and forced to attend dinner, and we all know that’s not the best of places to be in a Chainsaw film.
Finding herself in a similar situation to Sally Hardesty, Stretch is tied up at the dinner table and is about to be bludgeoned to death by Grandpa, yes Grandpa is still kicking about, a diet of blood must do wonders for the cholesterol. Lefty soon crashes the party however and goes chainsaw-to-chainsaw with Leatherface, yes, it’s as fantastic as it sounds. Stretch manages to slip away and Chop Top makes chase. Drayton is sawed by Lefty and hides under a table with the Hitchhikers corpse, pulling a grenade from within him. Grandpa throws his hammer, trying to hit Lefty but accidently hits Leatherface, causing him to saw Drayton, he drops the grenade and we then switch to Stretch escaping with Chop Top chasing her and a grenade explosion sound with some dust in the background. A little bit anti-climactic.
Stretch manages to climb up a tower as Chop Top slashes her with a razor from behind; she comes across a mummified corpse holding a chainsaw which turns out to be Grandmama Sawyer. Snatching the chainsaw from her decrepit hands, she starts it up and slashes at Chop Top, causing him to fall off the tower to his death. We then cut to Stretch doing the same chainsaw dance that Leatherface did in the original before cutting to black and letting the credits roll.
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