Just got myself a swanky new big screen television, so what better way to kick things off than the Texas Chainsaw Massacre?
Originally shot in 1974 by director Tobe Hooper, this really upped the ante in terms of onscreen violence. Despite this it still did very well at the box office. Many cinemas however, refused to show the film due to the graphic violent content featured.
Upon loading the dvd into my player and starting the film up it becomes apparent how far visual technology has come in the last 40 years. On a hi-res screen this movie does appear much grainier than the films we have now. Don’t let that take away from the film though. Once you let your eyes settle into the almost VHS like quality of the movie it seems to fit perfectly. I remember this movie from my childhood as being a landmark in horror when I saw it way back in the late 80’s (which was when I started watching horror movies) . And it WAS a landmark effort back then playing a major part in establishing the slasher genre in horror.
The film centers in on five teenagers who get stuck in country Texas and find themselves falling victim to a family of demented cannibals. The viewer of course can work out what happens from there without me ruining the plot.
HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE OF THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
This is another immensely watchable film which went on to become one of the classics of the horror genre and a must see for anyone with even a passing interest in horror. It established Tobe Hooper as a heavy weight in the genre and inspired sequels and remakes. One of the main protagonists, the hulking retarded son who wore human skin as a face mask went on to become one of the most iconic horror movie figures in history, Leatherface. All in all not a bad effort!
The promo for the film says it was based on a true story. Take that with a grain of salt. Leatherface is based some what on the exploits of real life serial killer Ed Gein, tho a rather abstract version of him.
In 1986 Tobe Hooper returned to direct a very worthy sequel to the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 which of course I have reviewed as well!
Again this was hard one to find on Youtube, but its very easy to find at any DVD store or order online. As far as I’m concerned it’s a must have for any self respecting horror collector!