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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Scream Factory - TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 Collector's Edition on Blu-ray

TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986; Tobe Hooper)
TCM 2starts with two hooligan preppies going on a crazy joyride ending in the chainsaw decapitation (partial, it's only half his head) of one of them. Soon after that, Dennis Hopper does a little chainsaw shopping and goes nuts on a log that the store has out front. This sets things up nicely for the crazy sequel that's to follow.
When 'Stretch', a late night heavy metal radio DJ in Texas, makes the mistake of playing a recording of the Leatherface gang killing the preppies on her show, she inspires them to pay her a visit at the radio station. I've always found TCM 2 to be one of the horror movies that makes me the most uncomfortable to watch for some reason. It certainly has a lot to do with the creepy characters (the least of which being Leatherface) that are terrorizing the radio DJ gal (Caroline Williams) throughout the movie. I know it also absolutely has something to do with the claustrophobia of the movie as well. From the cramped radio station itself to the underground tunnels, this movie pushes a lot of my panic buttons. It's an interesting follow-up to a horror classic though, that's for sure.
TCM 2 is one of those sequels that is somewhat refreshing in that it goes into unexpected territory with its story. I remember first watching it and having no idea where it was going within the 1st 1/2 hour. Once Dennis Hopper enters the Leatherface family's labyrinthine underground tunnels, my mouth was agape with the wonder of what would happen next. And talk about an unbridled performance - it doesn't get much crazier than Dennis Hopper screaming and waving a chainsaw. He screams and waves a chainsaw as good or better than any actor out there. The other thing TCM 2 does is exponentially step up the gore. When you've got a wizard like Tom Savini working on your effects for you, it makes perfect sense to try to take it to the next level. This sequel is as "meaty" as they come. There are literally piles of meat and guts. It's a 180 degree shift from the original film whose currency was mostly terror and the impression of violence(the first film isn't really all that bloody at all). TCM 2 truly personifies the phrase 'descent into hell'. It really feels like a depiction of that experience - both literally and literally. Dennis Hopper's character describes it as 'The Devil's Playground' and he couldn't be more correct. 

Special Features:
Scream Factory has really put together a great collector's edition for fans of this film. It's a Double disc set, so you know you are getting some serious extras. Many new supplements not included on previous special editions of this movie are included here.

DISC 1:
-NEW 2016 2K HD Scan From The Interpositive Film Element.
-NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Richard Kooris, Production Designer Cary White, Script Supervisor Laura Kooris And Property Master Michael Sullivan.
-Audio Commentary With Director Tobe Hooper.
-Audio Commentary With Actors Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams And Special Effects Makeup Creator Tom Savini.
-NEW Extended Outtakes From It Runs In The Family Featuring L.M. Kit Carson And Lou Perryman.
-NEW Behind-The-Scenes Footage Compilation From Tom Savini's Archives.
-Alternate Opening Credit Sequence
-Deleted Scenes
-Still Galleries – Posters And Lobby Cards, Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Stills And Collector’s -Gallery
-Theatrical Trailers
-TV Spots

DISC 2:
-MGM's Original HD Master With Color Correction Supervision By Director Of Photography Richard Kooris.
-NEW House Of Pain – An Interview With Makeup Effects Artists Bart Mixon, Gabe Bartalos, Gino Crognale And John Vulich.
-NEW Yuppie Meat – An Interview With Actors Chris Douridas And Barry Kinyon.
-NEW Cutting Moments – An Interview With Editor Alain Jakubowicz.
-NEW Behind The Mask – An Interview With Stunt Man And Leatherface Performer Bob Elmore.
-NEW Horror's Hallowed Grounds – Revisiting The Locations Of The Film – Hosted By Sean Clark Plus A Special Guest.
-It Runs In The Family – A Six Part Feature-Length Documentary Featuring Interviews With Screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson, Actors Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Bill Johnson, Lou Perryman, Special Makeup Effects Artist Tom Savini And More...




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1 comment:

Lucifer Love said...

I've always thought Rob Zombie must have been heavily influenced by this flick when he made House of 1000 Corpses. I'm not sure if he's ever said as much, but the casting of Bill Moseley seems to make it official.