For this month of Halloween, the editorial staff of Konbini is preparing a horrifying series for you. From creepypastas to little-known horror films, to curses from elsewhere, a daily article will make you shiver until the day of the dead. Often, the collective imagination would like us to consider the sequels as always less good, less interesting and less well produced than the original. It is, it is true, in the vast majority of cases, the truth – especially in the world of horror films. Fortunately, there are exceptions. If you were to focus on one, perfect for Halloween, then it would undoubtedly be the second Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which, in addition to being a funny and inventive, is a middle finger to a cynical industry assumed for our greatest pleasure. But to understand it, you have to look at the first for two minutes. and which is your favorite filmmaker’s favorite feature film, you have to remember a little about the production and the message of this Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the first of its name. You have to understand that on the one hand, the film was made for three francs six cents, in System D mode — the budget would be somewhere between $80,000 and $140,000, which, even in 1974, is incredibly low. The filming, which took place over four weeks in the middle of a heat wave with extremely long sessions, ends up being particularly dangerous, which exhausts everyone – the whole team will hate the director for years. exploits the traumas of the Vietnam War and Watergate. It exploits, for one of the first times (at least in genre cinema), the idea that we don’t need to point the finger at the communists or the Soviets since America can also create -even its own monsters and which capitalism, individualism and everyday violence can drive to madness. Considering the themes and the galleys of production, the film could have disappeared and never make an impression. It is initially prohibited on a lot of territory, or prohibited for those under 18 years old. However, the feature film became cult for an entire generation, acclaimed by critics and collected more than 30 million dollars at the box office – profitable, you said? So, of course, you say to yourself that producers have pushed for a sequel? Well, it wasn’t all that simple. We’re not going to tell you the big story of Tobe Hooper here, that’s not the point. Know that the director has had complicated adventures, ranging from the filming of Poltergeist produced by Spielberg where the tensions between the two led the latter to more or less leave the project, to films broke for Cannon. However, when, several years after the release of his unexpected success, Hooper wrote a sequel, he struggled to launch the project. Funds are limited, he can’t finance it up to his ambitions, and no one wants to direct the film. some wanted to tone it down), and which is the great strength of this sequel: the comedy. Because yes, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 stands out compared to the first, since it is a horrific comedy. Wasn’t at all the same as the one in 1986, when the second one came out. Already, the gore has exploded in the meantime. Slasher has become the box office genre, dominated by headliners like Michael Myers (Halloween), Freddy Krueger (Claws of the Night) and Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th). To make a difference, and because Hooper doesn’t like to do the same thing twice, he thinks of something else. Accompanied by Jim Henkel, the two filmmakers initially decide to make fun of Motel Hell, along 1980 which already poked fun at the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre and set the story in a town of cannibals. Well, inevitably, Cannon refuses to produce this unidentified filmic object, but the basis is there. Faced with the refusal, the producers preferring to see a film similar to the first, Hooper will push the comedy knobs even further. A few rewrites later, the film is therefore a strange oddity that has almost nothing to do with the first part. . Apart from the return of Leatherface’s family, the tone, the photo, the editing, the music, the horrific effects… Everything seems offbeat, even the start, which will be brilliantly copied in a cult episode of South Park, where the patriarch wins a chili con carne contest (chili con human beings cut into pieces, in this case). of this kind, it is the way in which the point of view has drifted from that of the hunted to that of the hunters and shows the frictions within the family, the hierarchy, the ambitions of each other, which almost allows d add a bit of humanity to the monster that is Leatherface, in love with one of the last victims – without ever exonerating any of the grotesque murders we witness. The absurd leads to brilliantly stupid moments in a grunge post-punk universe , of a chainsaw fight (as if it were swords, yes, yes) e between one of the killers and the cop played by the cult Dennis Hopper, at an amazing cannibalistic carnival. The film is not perfect in its weakness, the rhythm being sometimes disjointed and a little slow on certain sequences. Certainly. All the same, it only prevents succeeding in differentiating itself to this point from the original, in proposing such a different object, knowing full well that the public and critics expect a classic sequel in the tradition of the first feature (and who, spoiler, hated the movie), is a feat that deserves your curiosity and is a perfect pop, pulp, silly, very funny and downright gore Halloween movie. Perfect, we tell you. If you liked it, you’ll also like it: if you like slightly weird sequels that stand out from the rest, we can mention the third Freddy (the best after the first, with crazy visual effects and a sub -incredible queer text), but also the third Halloween (the only one without Michael Myers, with a story of witches without a tail or a head). And for the joke, Jason X. The real ones know. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is available on DVD/Blu-ray (rare enough though).