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An old Texas Chainsaw Massacre II ad

Here’s another lazy post because I’m entering the final stretch with my thesis. I found this earlier and thought it was awesome. I miss the days when these kinds of advertisements appeared in the back of magazines. Now only if I can find the shirt they’re selling. I already have one Texas Chainsaw Massacre II shirt from 25 years ago but I’d love to have another.

The Devil’s Rejects

The Devil’s Rejects: probably one of the most sadistic films I’ve seen in a long time, and I just watched Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer a week or two ago. Henry is indeed a sadistic film, relying on its low-budget grittiness for its biographical effect; The Devil’s Rejects is just as sadistic but Rob Zombie’s sequel to the atrocious House of 1,000 Corpses is like a slickly produced music video, relying on contemporary representations of the grind house and drive-in horror films for its visual representations but placing it into an MTV/Quentin Tarantino framework. Ultimately, The Devil’s Rejects is a well made post-modern pastiche of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, I Spit on Your Grave, and the like. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, but I find watching Rob Zombie’s second feature film difficult. It’s an exercise in endurance – how much senseless violence and sadism can one take? Continue reading

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

“You got one choice boy: sex or the saw!”

I don’t think its fair comparing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II to the 1974 original – they’re different beast’s altogether. Even though Tobe Hooper directed both, each film has its own feel. The second film is based on the original and even contains many of the same characters, but it approaches similar subject matter quite differently. Hooper’s original is disgusting, but not because of overt visual violence but because the psychological brutality the cannibalistic family inflicts on Sally, the film’s one survivor. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II isn’t nearly as torturous, instead placing gore effects in Tom Savini’s capable hands and relying on bloodshed and completely bizarre, and darkly comedic, situations. For all its grizzly violence, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II is a comedy – very dark and sadistic comedy.
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