[Podcast] Texas Chainsaw Massacre II — Episode 81 — Decades of Horror 1980s

“You have one choice, boy: sex or the saw. Sex is, well… nobody knows. But the saw… the saw is family.” – this dialog from  Texas Chainsaw Massacre II  illustrates the different take on the Sawyer family director Tobe Hooper has in mind for the sequel to grimy drive-in hit from 1974. Chop-Top joins Drayton and Leatherface as they encounter a pair ready for their blood rampage in DJ Stretch Brock and Lieutenant ‘Lefty’ Enright. Thomas Mariani  and Doc Rotten tackle another gruesome  horror film from the 1980s.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode  81  — Texas Chainsaw Massacre II  (1986)

A dozen years after the original film changed the face of horror, Tobe Hooper returns to Texas enlisting L.M. Kit Carson to script a tale of gruesome horror  and the darkest of humor while the Godfather of Gore, Tom Savini, is on board to supply the bloody special effects. Bill Moseley turns in a career defining performance as Chop-Top while Bill Johnson provides a softer but no less deadly side to Leatherface as he falls for the DJ who recorded their latest kill. Caroline Williams plays Stretch who fights to the bitter end to survive the Sawyer family giving horror the most versatile scream queen ever. Dennis Hopper has Stretch’s back as Lefty Enright, a driven Lieutenant hell-bent on eradicating the family responsible for a slew of murders including the death of his nephew, Franklin. Gory, hilarious, exhilarating and unique, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II is one of the few horror films released to theaters with an NC-17 rating (or unrated). NC Director Christopher G. Moore joins Thomas and Doc to discuss the epic chainsaw battles in this 1986 under-appreciated classic.

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Doc Rotten
Editor-In-Chief / Founder / Podcast Producer at Horror News Radio
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.