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Bill Moseley Reflects On ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’ for 31st Anniversary

Lick my plate, you dog dick!

For his 1986 sequel, Tobe Hooper ditched the gritty realism of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and fully embraced the gore and over-the-top madness that was dominating the landscape of the genre at the time. The result was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, a huge departure that has gone on to become a favorite for most horror fans.

The film introduced us to Bill Moseley, whose Chop Top stole the show and has, like the movie itself, gone on to become one of the most beloved and iconic horror characters. Leatherface may be the leading villain in the Chainsaw franchise, but one could argue that Chop Top is the character we really wanted to see more of.

Exactly 31 years after the release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, which hit theaters on August 22, 1986, Moseley took to Facebook to reflect on the career-defining film.

Moseley wrote

“Wait a minute, 31 years since the release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2?! That ain’t such a long time to a sequoia, but it’s more than a lifetime to the likes of me (old Moseley Brothers lyric). Don’t think I’ll be thanking the Academy for TCM2, but I will thank director Tobe Hooper for taking a chance on me two years after watching the 20-second cameo I gave myself in my 5-minute moviette, The Texas Chainsaw Manicure; my old Hotchkiss classmate, Peter S. Seaman, for walking said videotape across the hall from his office to Tobe’s at Paramount Pictures on that fateful day in 1984; the great Ed Neal for his indelibly psychotic performance as The Hitchhiker in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre that showed me the way as Plate Head; the late, great L.M. Kit Carson for a truly deranged script; Canon Films for paying me $5000 (at the time, a great fortune. Well, it still is) to shave my head for the prosthetics applied by the King of Splatter himself, my great good friend Tom Savini and his merry band of makeup madmen, Gino Crognale, John Vulich (RIP), Sean McEnroe, Gabe Bartolos, Bart Mixon and Mitch DeVane; my co-stars Bill Johnson, who played a soulful lovelorn Leatherface; Caroline Williams, whose lung-bursting screams and shorty shorts were as impressive as they were inspiring; the late, great, Jim Siedow, aka Drayton Sawyer, who became a great friend both on and off the set (BTW, folks, Drayton is the oldest brother, not the father!).”

“And finally to Choptop, who’s with me every day, and without whom I might just be pumping your gas (at least in Oregon)! Dog will hunt!”



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  • Necro

    HaHa Moseley rules! Personally speaking I think he still would’ve been undoubtedly discovered by someone in the industry hadn’t he been in ‘TCM 2’! Grant it the film wouldn’t have been the same without him though. Really cool guy to meet as well. I met Mr. Moseley in 2004 in Hunt Valley, Maryland at Horrorfindweekend, and needless to say I was so nervous and couldn’t think of a damn thing to tell him to autograph on my ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ poster! I was literally frozen! Being the down to earth man he is he took care of it with a chuckle! “The boogeyman’s real……..and you found him!” is what he wrote followed by a “Happy Birthday”, obviously cuz it was on my birthday when I met him, and when I finally remembered how to talk it was funny cuz, without being able to tell him, that very quote he wrote on my poster is exactly what I wanted him to put! (I had it rehearsed well before the convention, well I thought I did) After my dumbfoundedness passed I was BEYOND stoked it was like he read my mind! Coincidence? Maybe.

    • Full Effect Ed

      Hey I live near Hunt Valley and go there every Fall now for MonsterMania (in fact I met Bill there again last Fall)!!

      • Necro

        Cool! ‘MonsterMania’ huh? Is it there every year and is it any good in your opinion?

        • Full Effect Ed

          No worries, yeah MM is much better than Horrorfind was. Horrorfind doesn’t do cons anymore, MM has really taken over. This year’s two big guests are Rose McGowan & Val Kilmer

          • Necro

            Yeah I think I was at ‘Horrorfind’s’ last con in Gettysburg, Pa in 2012. I’m checking into ‘MM’ cuz I really WANT/NEED/HAVE to get back to another convention I’m going through withdrawal here!

          • Full Effect Ed

            Definitely dude, it’s like Sept 30-Oct 2 this year. Lemme know if you’re going and maybe we’ll meet up. It’s like a big family gathering of sorts, plus the guy behind it all (Dave Hagan) is a good guy too.

      • Necro

        Sorry I didn’t see the “every Fall” part so never mind my bonehead question!

    • Creepshow

      Don’t feel bad. I was a sweaty-palmed, stuttering idiot when I met Bruce Campbell. In one of the pics I have, you can see me wiping my slimy hands on my shorts before I shook his hand. He probably thought I was a mental. Pathetic

      • Necro

        Nah it’s not pathetic at all! I think they to a degree expect a little nervousness. But hey you met Campbell, I’m in total envy. Bruce Campbell and Robert Englund are the two I want to meet in the worst way.

        • Creepshow

          Robert Englund was at the same convention, but I chose to meet Sid Haig instead. Freddy is not really my bag.
          (you’re probably seething right now, lol)

          • Necro

            Beyond seething! Well it’s not really surprising not everyone is into ‘Freddy’. Speaking of Sid Haig I met him right after Moseley, it got much easier as I went along. Another cool guy.

          • Creepshow

            And for those wondering…
            Yes, Sid is really that ugly in person.
            : O

    • Travis Ignaffo

      Awesome story, he’s a great actor and one of my favorites. “I am the devil and im here to do the devil’s work”

      • Necro

        Thanks Travis! Yeah he is great man, I managed to say all that to him after I got my picture taken with him.

  • YeerkOnTheBrain

    Long live Quilt Face.

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    Hated that movie.

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  • Darkknight2149

    Last year, I bought the anniversary Blu-Ray Collector’s Editions for both Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1 and Part 2. Both were very much worth the money, packed with extras, and dare I say the definitive way to watch both movies.

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  • zombie84_41

    I deft wanta meet bill.

  • Christian

    Moseley is a great and underrated actor. I wish he wasn’t slumming it in straight to DVD garbage these days.

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