10/22/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #22 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974).

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Like I said before, as you get closer to Halloween more no brainers get thrown into the mix. This film to me is in the uber-royalty of no brainers. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a movie that while talked about a lot in horror circles, quite frankly I think it should be talked about even more. This movie is simply amazing. It sticks with you like a gallon of dirty glue. It is a visceral, messed up, shocking, piece of awesome independent filmmaking. And yes, I really do mean independent. The down and dirty approach is part of why it works so well. Real sets, not built ones. Natural lighting for the most part. Just super down & dirty in every way. Most of the time you don’t feel like you’re watching a movie rather than actually experiencing the horrific situations yourself. Plus, it was one of those movies that took certain “commonisms” from films and just threw them aside. Just when you think they wouldn’t show something, they do. Think people in wheelchairs won’t be decimated? Wrong. Screaming live girls hanging on meathooks? Check. Chainsaws? Duh, it’s in the title. Cannibalism? You betcha. And while Leatherface is obviously the villain that is talked about most (a purely evil creation), the entire family is actually disturbing as hell. The dinner scene might be one of the most haunting and disturbing sequences in any horror film ever. Oh, and the ending… So great. Tobe Hooper, bless your damn soul, because in many ways, this movie set the bar. And in many ways, it still hasn’t been surpassed. It truly is a work of twisted genius.

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6 thoughts on “10/22/11 – 2011 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #22 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974).

  1. I agree. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the best horror movies out there. I absolutely love haunted houses, but they rarely fill me with genuine terror…that is, unless they have a crazy pop-out and corner me with a chainsaw. I blame/credit this film for that weakness.

  2. One of the finest pieces of cinema of any genre, hands down. In my personal opinion the only horror film that tops it is Carpenter’s Halloween. But Chain Saw runs a real close second! After reading your last two posts I think I might have myself a Chain Saw/Audition double feature sometime soon! Great stuff!

    • Haha, don’t worry… I’m not leaving Carpenter’s Halloween out. That’s one of my all time favorite movies. Stay tuned, it’ll get its due on the exact day it should. Until then, enjoy that double feature. It’s a damn good one.

  3. Pingback: 10/21/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #21 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986). | Musings of a Scary Horror Writer.

  4. Pingback: 10/23/15 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #23 – The Burbs. | Musings of a Scary Horror Writer.

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