Yes, a Tobe Hooper double feature. That’s how my Friday has been. And, spoilers, it’s been GREAT. Even better, I’m watching Deadpool while I write this. Now, the great thing about Tobe Hooper is that he goes and directs The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and then turns around a few years later and makes Poltergeist. Are they both horror movies? Yes. But are they similar horror movies at all? No. Exactly. Versatile director. So now I bring to you today a sequel and a weird god damn forgotten movie. Here we GO.
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Written by Dan O’Bannon
So Lifeforce is about a crew of astronauts who find some dead frozen bat aliens in a space ship that was hiding in Halley’s Comet. Hold on I’m not done. So then there are some hot naked people in the alien ship. Normal-looking naked people. Two men and a lady. So then some shit happens and the astronauts are missing but THEN the ship comes back and all of the astronauts are dead but the weird naked people are still hanging out. So then the lady comes to life and hypnotizes a guy and she sucks out his lightning which is his soul or life force. So then basically the rest of the movie involves shape-shifting, zombies, large bat creatures, swords, resurrection, bright lights, a living Lovecraft spaceship, and pre-Star Trek Patrick Stewart screaming REALLY loudly.
GUYS. SHAPE-SHIFTING SPACE VAMPIRES TURN LONDON INTO ZOMBIES. GOD DAMN.
It’s pretty great.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Written by L. M. Kit Carson
So The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is considered one of the greatest and most influential horror movies of all-time. It’s credited for being the movie that launched the slasher boom in America, and I think it’s absolutely fantastic. I love it.
Now the sequel is less popular. It’s not considered one of the greatest horror movies of all-time. It’s not considered to be influential. However, I think it’s absolutely fantastic. I love it. And I love it almost as much as I love the original. And here is why:
This movie is, first off, hilarious. It’s also so much fun to watch. The addition of Bill Moseley as Chop Top creates one of the funniest horror villains, and he’s so good at playing it. I guess if this movie has had any influence, it’s been on Bill Moseley’s career, which was launched by this movie. This movie is similar to Evil Dead 2 in my opinion. The original Evil Dead is a movie that takes itself RELATIVELY seriously. It’s not actively trying to be funny. It’s fun, but not funny. But then Evil Dead 2 goes nuts and it’s hilarious (and better than the first, in my opinion). The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre takes itself a little more seriously, but it still has a lot of fun. Most of the movie is a very scary, serious slasher film. The end gets a little wackier, with the dinner scene, and then the very end, with the famous dance of death, is when the movie goes into batshit lunacy. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 picks up right after that, tonally. The whole movie is lunatic. It’s a wild black comedy-horror. It features Dennis Hopper dressed as a cowboy having a chainsaw sword fight with Leatherface. I mean how can you not enjoy that?