Friday, October 3, 2008

31 Days of Horror: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

October 3, 2008: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This movie is inspired by the mass murderer Ed Gein of the 1950s and is the granddaddy of all splatter films.
It opens up with five unsuspecting teenagers who are driving a van through the rural parts of Texas. They soon pick up a crazy hitchhiker and then they find themselves at an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.
Soon the seemingly abandoned house becomes the stage for some of the most gruesome things I’ve seen in film.
Soon the teenagers start disappearing one by one and the star of the movie, Sally Hardesty (Marilyn Burns) must muster up all of her strength and escape from the psychotic family who want to put her on the dinner table (yeah they eat their victims). It becomes more and more difficult for her as she meets her match in the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen).
After this movie we would see the formula it used to present day slasher/splatter films. That formula being all the victims suffer horrible deaths and the one lone female becoming the heroine of the story.
I would NOT recommend this movie if you don’t want to be really scared or disturbed. Ever since I’ve seen this movie there’re two scenes that stick with me, I can’t describe them because I think it would be too much information.
Yet … this movie has stood the test of time and is still shocking and scary as it ever was back in 1974.
If you go and pick this one up, do not pick up the 2003 remake, it’s not as good or nearly as scary as the original.

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