September 22 2021
10:28 AM
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Over/Under Movies Episode 36: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom/The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Kozak rating: 5 stars

Hi everyone, here's a new episode of Over/Under Movies, where three Pacific Northwest-based film critics talk about one overrated and one underrated film within the same genre, style, or tone. If you enjoy our show, please write us a review on iTunes (You can find us if you search for Over/Under Movies). We're on Twitter @overundermovies. You can also like our Facebook page at so you can be keep up to date on new episodes.

This is the first of three Halloween-themed episodes where each critic will get a turn at their pick of one overrated and one underrated horror or Halloween-appropriate film.

We kick things off with Ryan's picks and start the discussion with one of the holy grails of nostalgia; Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Do our rose-colored nostalgia glasses prevent us from noticing Lucas and Spielberg's Raiders follow-up's many flaws, ranging from the ever-annoying Willie Scott to the blatant racism? Or was the darker, scarier approach and relentless action what Indiana Jones needed at the time?

Next, we move onto a misunderstood sequel that takes a complete 180 from the tone and visual approach of the original (Shockingly helmed by the same director), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Is Tobe Hooper's batshit crazy comedy-horror sequel to one of the most genuinely unsettling horror masterpieces worthy of praise, or was it just following the genre trends of the exuberant 80s?

Erik McClanahan is the lead film critic at Oregon Arts Watch, co-host of the Adjust Your Tracking podcast (Also available on iTunes), and a contributor at The Playlist.

Ryan Oliver is the co-host of the Unspooled Reel podcast.

Oktay Ege Kozak is a film critic for The Playlist, DVD Talk, The Oregon Herald, and Beyazperde.

You can play the episode by clicking on the embedded player below.