Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" on 35mm @ Chicago Film Society, Chicago [13 September]

Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" on 35mm

19:30 - 21:30

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Chicago Film Society
3701 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Bldg E, Chicago, Illinois 60625
Directed by Tobe Hooper • 1986
A decade-plus-removed diptych predicated on the sublime spectacle of big men engaged in landscaping equipment balletics, Tobe Hooper’s two «Chainsaw Massacre» entries stand as perhaps the most audacious, subversive American franchise horror films of the late 20th century, blood-and-filth-caked dispatches from a country in which mechanized death has run rampant. Shedding the arty cubism and lizard-brain terror of his landmark 1974 original, Hooper opted to emphasize the bad taste comedy of his scenario for its Reagan-era, Cannon Group-financed follow-up, calling on fellow Texan L. M. Kit Carson (who had just prior worked on screenplays for «Paris, Texas» and the 1983 «Breathless» remake) for a script that sharpened the original’s jaundiced take on family life in the era of industrial capitalism and came packed with some of the funniest, most quotable dialog of the ’80s (“Look what you did to my Sonny Bono wig!”). Dennis Hopper (who later in the year would go on to give career-defining comeback performances in «River’s Edge,» «Blue Velvet,» and «Hoosiers») takes the lead this time around as Lefty, a disgraced Texas Ranger on the trail of the original film’s central chainsaw-massacring cannibal family, who have monetized their hobby of murdering, cooking, and eating young people by opening a lucrative catering business. Dressed up with squicky effects work courtesy of Tom Savini and production design to rival «Blade Runner» for massive, alien beauty, «The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2» plays like a Marx Brothers comedy in an abattoir, choking out laughs amidst the viscera. (CW)
101 min • The Cannon Group • 35mm from Park Circus

Preceded by: Trailer Reel II: Sequels of the ’80s and Afterwards

General Admission: $5
NEIU Students/Staff: $2
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