The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

USA, 1986
89m (USA, Canada), 100m (USA – director’s cut)
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Tobe Hooper.

Plot Summary

A radio DJ, ‘Stretch’ Brock, listens in as a pair of annoying teenage callers to her show are slaughtered by the chainsaw wielding Sawyer clan. She plays the recording of the killing to try to draw the killers out and gets a lot more than she bargained for. Meanwhile, deranged Texas Ranger Lefty Enright is also searching for the cannibal clan, looking to revenge the death of his nephew Franklin Hardesty and the torture of his now insane niece Sally.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
© MCMLXXXVI [1986] by Cannon Films, Inc. and Cannon International B.V.
The Cannon Group, Inc. presents a Golan-Globus production of a Tobe Hooper film
Executive Producers: Henry Holmes and James Jorgensen
Produced by: Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus
Co-Producer: Tobe Hooper
Associate Producer: L.M. Kit Carson
Written by: L.M. Kit Carson
Based on the motion pictures “Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The (1974)|The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” a Vortex/Henkel/Hooper production of a film by Tobe Hooper © MCMLXXIV by Vortex, Inc.
Director of Photography: Richard Kooris
Edited by: Alain Jakubowicz
Music by: Tobe Hooper and Jerry Lambert
Sound Mixer: Wayne Bell
Costume Designer: Carin Hooper
Makeup: Candi Duke
Hair Stylist: Denise Carfagno
Special Makeup Effects by: Tom Savini
Special Effects Coordinator: Eddie Surkin
Mechanical Special Effects: Daniel F. Morris
Production Designer: Cary White

Cast
Dennis Hopper (Lieutenant “Lefty” Enright)
Caroline Williams (Vanita “Stretch” Brock)
Jim Siedow (cook [Drayton Sawyer])
Bill Moseley (Chop-Top)
Bill Johnson (Leatherface)
Ken Evert (Grandpa)
Harlan Jordan (patrolman)
Kirk Sisco (detective)
James N. Harrell (Cut-Rite manager)
Lou Perry (L.G. McPeters)
Barry Kinyon (Mercedes driver)
Chris Douridas (Gunner)
Judy Kelly (gourmet yuppette)
John Martin Ivey (yuppie)
Kinky Friedman (sports anchorman)
Wirt Cain (anchorman)
Dan Jenkins (TV commentator)
Joe Bob Briggs (gonzo moviegoer [Director’s Cut only])

Alternative Titles

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 – USA (video advertising)

Sequel to
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Sequels
Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1994)

See also
All-American Massacre (2000)
Redneck Zombies (1987)
Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (1968)
The Texas Comedy Massacre (1987)

Extracts included in
The ‘burbs (1989)

Production Notes

Censorship
In Australia, The film was initially banned and denied a theatrical or video release. It was eventually shown on cable TV in February 2000, though the scene where Chop Top batters L.G. with a hammer in the radio station was cut. Following the broadcast, the film was finally released uncut on video.

In Germany, prints were initially seized by the authorities who tried to suppress the film’s release, while it was banned outright in Norway. Sweden banned it from theatrical release in 1986 though it was shown a few times on television.

In the UK the film was never even submitted to the BBFC for a certificate when it first came out – when it was first presented to the BBFC in 1990, the distributors, Canon, were told that they might have to accept up to 25 minutes of cuts. They declined to go ahead with certification and the film remained unavailable legally unto 2001 when, on 23 July, the BBFC finally passed it uncut with an 18 certificate.

References

Periodicals

Flesh and Blood no.9 p.29 – review
Premiere February 1987 p.17 – review (by Stella Molitor)
Scapegoat no.1 p.11 – note

Newspapers

Daily Telegraph 5 October 2001 p.27 – review (by Tim Robey)
Evening Standard 4 October 2001 p.29 – illustrated review (It can buzz off back to Texas by Alexander Walker)
The Guardian Section 2 5 October 2001 p.15 – review (by Peter Bradshaw)
Independent on Sunday 7 October 2001 p.11 – review (by Nicholas Barber)
The Observer 7 October 2001 p.9 – review
The Sun 6 October 2001 p.34 – review (by Neil Roberts)
Sunday Telegraph Review 7 October 2001 p.11 – review (by Jenny McCartney)

Books

The Psychotronic Video Guide by Michael J. Weldon p.564 – credits, review