When you hear people talk about those rare instances when a movie sequel turns out to be better than its predecessor, the usual titles spring up: Aliens, The Godfather Part II, The Bride of Frankenstein, the original Dawn of the Dead, etc. However, there is one sequel that I feel has been unjustly neglected for its superiority to the original and today I come to praise it. Twenty years ago today, Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 hit theaters to the resounding thud of overwhelmingly negative reviews by people who probably remembered the original a lot more fondly than they should have and didn’t recognize the sequel for the hilarious, albeit grotesque, satire that it is. This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill followup to a famous slasher film—this is a sharply written parody about the perils of the small businessman, who in this case happens to make his living by turning humans into chili.
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