Texas Chainsaw Massacre Two: 1986

31/8/12 – Skulls and Skeletons in the Sequel of Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The other day I had watched Texas Chainsaw Massacre Two (1986) on Youtube and the second half of the film had featured skulls in every shape and form.The film was based around Leather face, a disturbing serial killer who would attack his victims with a chainsaw that were than dragged to an underground tomb. Leatherface lived with his two mass murdering brothers and the tomb was full of corpses and skulls from victims that were used as decoration. I’m not too sure what convinced me to watch this film although I recognised an advertisement on Youtube that has attracted my attention.

I am a huge fan of B-Grade horror films and Texas Chainsaw Massacre was more of a comedy than a horror. It was properly one of the most bizarre films that I had ever watched and I wasn’t too sure whether to feel amused or mildly amused. Texas Chainsaw Massacre is known as a “horror comedy” that is an accurate description of the film and the narrative becomes rather ridiculous towards the final sequence.

The underground tomb also featured a large chair that was made from skulls and bones, which did make an interesting prop within the film. The props were actually more interesting than the actual narrative and I was constantly looking in the background. I have watched the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre that was more convincing than the original version although the very first production had very interesting props.

The film is very far fetched although the skulls and the skeletons within the Texas Chainsaw Massacre had convinced me to watch the entire film. Is the skull used to portray fear and violence in the horror film genre? It could be argued that the skulls may have been used to provide macabre and grotesque elements to the film. When I had first heard of the name, I wondered if there would be two chainsaws in the film, surprisingly enough there was a chainsaw battle between leather face and the sherif who was determined to save a young woman from a radio station.

The film didn’t really make any sense although the use of skulls had questioned how the image of death is depicted in contemporary horror films from the 1970’s onwards.

Alison Macor, Chainsaws, Slackers and Spy Kids: Thirty Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas (Texas: University of Texas Press, 2010) p.47

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