Wyrd War proudly celebrates the 30th anniversary of Tobe Hooper’s 1986 horror opus, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2 with a 35mm print and brilliant cult actor and Yale University alumnus BILL “CHOP TOP” MOSELEY presiding over the festivities!
Universally panned by fans and critics alike upon its initial release, the satirical white-knuckle sequel to Hooper’s genre defining 1974 independent masterpiece has festered over three decades to emerge as a deeply revered self-conscious classic with its own very distinct and sleazy charms. Starring a decidedly disoriented (and possibly very stoned) Dennis Hopper as “Lefty,” an unhinged former Texas Ranger hellbent on destroying the cannibalistic Sawyer Family, who did terrible things to his young niece and nephew in the first film and who now reside in a creepy underground labyrinth of carnival detritus that makes the Sawney Bean clan seem downright wholesome in comparison. Naturally, it doesn’t go so well and all hell soon breaks loose. But that hardly describes the mindblowing descent into depraved black comedy, cackling puns and perverse misdirected sexual frustration that characterizes Leatherface and family’s lunacy. Featuring a blistering performance by Bill Moseley as Chop Top, co-stars Caroline Williams, Bill “Future Kill” Johnson as Leatherface and veteran Jim Siedow, who gleefully reprises his role as the patriarchal barbeque cook, and with grisly gore effects by Tom Savini – all set to the tunes of The Cramps, Oingo Boingo, The Lords of the New Church, Concrete Blond and Stewart Copeland.
Bill Moseley, perhaps most widely known as Otis B. Driftwood in Rob Zombie’s The House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil’s Rejects (2005), will introduce the film and spin tales of madness and mayhem in a Q&A hosted by Dennis Dread immediately following the screening. Advanced tickets are recommended.