Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Claustrocore Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent claustrocore films.

Claustrocore films are about people stuck in one place for most of the running time.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

A former marshal infiltrates an underground cannibal hideout to rescue an abducted night radio host.
So Bad It's Good
United States
1986
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Sadist: 
Torturer
7.04
Chainsaw-licking good!
6
5.04
6
6
4
3
4
Performances
Dialogue
Effects
This is a direct sequel to the revolutionary The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, a visceral story of isolation, torture and cannibalism. It is early on noticeably more dynamic than the original and, although most of the favorable elements are brought back, the narrative structure, the photography, the emotional vibe and the set design are nothing alike.
The budget seems bigger, the narrative is more complex and bigger actors are introduced. The script gets eccentric, this sequel being generally weirder. The shocking moments are brilliantly orchestrated. The only recognizable antagonist is Leatherface, the chainsaw-wielding cannibal, but we can presume the rest of his family was simply recast. It is never really addressed.
It's highly entertaining and succeeds on many levels. It is atmospheric, creepy, and the violence is no longer suggested. We get a lot of convincing gore. The protagonists are sympathetic, in some cases heroic; as to reply to the rather depressing and hopeless original. The first half plays on suspense; the second is disorienting and submerges us in a surreal, hostile underground maze.
Alternate Titles: 
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2
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