“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

19 May, 2017

Year of Release: 1974
Tobe Hooper
Tobe Hooper, Kim Henkel
Director of Photography: 
Daniel Pearl
Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Paul A. Partain

Synopsis: After picking up a deranged hitchhiker while on their way to investigate a grave robbery, a group of friends fall prey to a family of murderous cannibals whose heinous crimes go unnoticed due to the remoteness of their location.

Texas Chain Saw Massacre Review:

Conceived before the birth of Freddy, Jason, or Michael Myers, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” is a film envisioned through the wonders of experimentation yet one so grotesquely lucid in its depiction of pain and suffering that it remains the impossible blueprint for the road trip slasher movie. Not the spookiest, not the scariest, not the goriest, and not the most sophisticated, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” is a film that Time should’ve forgotten but one that refuses to be buried as Leatherface retains his place in the horror history books and refuses to put down his weapon of choice.

Produced like every other independent 16mm horror film of the 1970s, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” is one of very few offhand productions that miraculously became a sub-generic cult classic. Capturing the ungodly stench of a punishing film shoot, the film sees sweat, grease, and heat cook the landscape in goose fat, turning it foul while Tobe Hooper’s sick fascination with the suffering inside the boundaries of the Texas landscape proves eerily sadistic. Recommended exclusively to those with a strong stomach, the movie is a challenge for all those who bear it and it delivers only in repugnance as its true intentions unfold.

While exhaustion, injury, sickness, and mania turn the characters in “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” into the helpless, drooling cattle, Hooper uses the juxtaposition between humans and livestock to underscore the filthiness of their slaughter. It’s no accident that Leatherface and co. display sloppiness in a manner so far removed from the supernatural as the movie sees clumsiness as a cue for literal madness while its inept family of cannibals prove unprepared in the face of murder. Like a stomach-churning news report delivered after a deadly rampage, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” is nothing short of unsightly and it makes no apologies for its actions while both repelling and delighting audiences in equal measure.


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