9. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a gruesome piece of 1970s history. At the time, audiences were shocked and disturbed by its content, the controversy surrounding it making it one of the most influential films of all time.
The sequel did not reach such lofty heights of cinema notoriety. Tobe Hooper had the intention of making a black comedy rather than a straight-up horror like the production company had wanted. It's safe to say that when they saw the final product, they weren't overjoyed.
There's plenty of gore to be found, but it's not as visceral or scary. Leatherface is no longer a hulking, unstoppable force, but more of a bumbling, clumsy oaf. In fact, the majority of the characters are absurd caricatures that make the horror elements feel less believable. It's hard to be scared of Leatherface when his chainsaw is reduced to a metaphor for his manhood.
There's also a chilli contest which the patriarch of the Sawyer family wins thanks to his use of a secret meat (wonder what that could be?), and a climactic chainsaw duel to round out the film. It definitely requires an open mind and for expectations of a grisly follow-up to the original to be threw out, but if for some reason you always wanted a Leatherface love story, this is the film for you.