Monday, 10 August 2009

Texas Chainsaw Massacre



I'm pondering about the changing-face horror films it seems, looking back I forgot just how screwed up the original TCM is. Tobe Hooper really knew how to do it back in the day. Obviously there are a lot of horror films out there I have'nt seen but really, is there anything with such pure nasty art-direction as this, maybe The Exorcist.

1 comments:

tutorphil said...

We are in agreement; the original TCM is a triumph of genuine unnerving horror; the whole film is shot through with a nastiness and a raw aesthetic; personally, I love the whole American Gothic thing - Deliverance, for instance; I also enjoyed Jeepers Creepers, not for the creature bit, but the sheer, grim humidity of the opening scenes; of course, Spielberg's Duel too. Another fine, if gruelling move is Straw Dogs - 'Cornish Gothic', but again it's that redneck vs. city folk dynamic; you see it in Wolf Creek (Australian Gothic) too; I will say though, that the remakes of TCM and its prequel, boast one great accomplishment - and that's the house they create for Leatherface and his family... Of course, Psycho is American Gothic too - you know, I presume, about Ed Gein - the serial killer on whom Norman Bates, Leatherface and Buffalo Bill are all based? America's dark heart...

Check out also the original Carnival of Souls - I think you'll enjoy it...