The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) - Caroline Williams

Taglines: After a decade of silence… The buzzz is back!

Radio DJ Vanita ‘Stretch’ Brock’s open request night is plagued by the annoying phone pranking of two road tripping, party-hard, hoodlums, but things take a disturbing turn when the hoodlums meet their demise at the hands of familiar chainsaw wielding maniacs. With the entire gruesome ordeal recorded on tape, Stretch seeks out the help of a former Texas Marshall who’s on a personal quest of vengeance against this family of cannibals. While at first he turns her down, he eventually decides to use her tape to his advantage, asking her to air it during her request block- effectively baiting the cannibals to the radio station where he’ll personally deal with them.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (also known as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2) is a 1986 American dark comedy slasher film directed by Tobe Hooper and serves as a sequel to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, also directed and co-written by Hooper. It was written by L. M. Kit Carson and produced by Carson, Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan and Hooper. Starring Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Bill Johnson, Bill Moseley and Jim Siedow, the plot follows a radio host victimized and captured by Leatherface and his cannibalistic family while a former Texas Marshall hunts them down.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

About the Story

In 1986, thirteen years after the events of the first film, two high school seniors, Buzz and Rick, race along a desolate stretch of Texas highway, en route to the OU-Texas football game at the Dallas Cotton Bowl. Heavily intoxicated, they use their car phone to call and harass on-air radio DJ Vanita “Stretch” Brock (Caroline Williams). Unable to convince them to hang up, Stretch is forced to keep the line open. While passing a pickup truck, Buzz and Rick are attacked by Leatherface (Bill Johnson), who had emerged from the back of the truck. Leatherface rips up the roof using his chainsaw. After a short struggle, Rick tries shooting Leatherface with his revolver but Leatherface fatally slices off part of the driving Buzz’s head, and the car ends up crashing and killing Rick.

The following morning, Lieutenant Boude “Lefty” Enright (Dennis Hopper), former Texas Ranger, and uncle of Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother Franklin, who were victims of Leatherface and his family years earlier, arrives at the scene of the crime to help solve Buzz and Rick’s murders. Lefty has spent the last thirteen years investigating his nephew’s disappearance while investigating reports of mysterious chainsaw killings across Texas. He is contacted by Stretch, who brings him a copy of the audio tape that recorded the attack. Lefty asks Stretch to play the tape on her nightly radio show so the public, which had previously mocked his case, will have to listen to him.

Leatherface’s family arrive at the radio station, prompted by the nightly radio broadcast of the tape. While preparing to leave for the night, Stretch is attacked by Leatherface, while her coworker L.G. (Lou Perryman) is brutally beaten by Chop Top (Bill Moseley). Leatherface corners Stretch and is about to kill her, but she charms him into sparing her. Leatherface returns to Chop Top and leads him to believe that he has killed Stretch. They then take L.G. to their home, followed by Stretch, who is trapped inside the Sawyer home, an abandoned carnival ground decorated with human bones, multi-colored lights, and carnival remnants.

Lefty who has been following their car all along, arrives equipped with chainsaws and trashes the home before he finds Franklin’s remains. Meanwhile, Stretch is found by Leatherface, who puts L.G.’s skinned face and hat on her before tying her arms and leaving. Later, L.G. wakes up and frees her before dying.

Drayton (Jim Siedow) finds Stretch roaming the grounds and the family capture her. Chop Top scolds Leatherface when he finds out that she Stretch is still alive. Lefty eventually finds her being tortured at the dinner table and saves her. A battle between Lefty and the Sawyer family ensues. In the end, Lefty and most of the Sawyer family are apparently killed when a grenade recovered from the hitchhiker’s preserved corpse goes off prematurely.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Movie Poster 1986)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 1986)

Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley, Bill Johnson, Ken Evert, Harlan Jordan, Kirk Sisco, Chris Douridas
Screenplay by: L.M. Kit Carson, Tobe Hooper
Production Design by: Cary White
Cinematography by: Richard Kooris
Film Editing by: Alain Jakubowicz
Costume Design by: Carin Hooper
Set Decoration by: Michael Peal
Music by: Tobe Hooper, Jerry Lambert
Distributed by: Cannon Releasing
Release Date: August 22, 1986