Saturday, October 12, 2013

31 Days Of Halloween: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Hello, Bloggers, after I decided to a Topic Of The Day yesterday, I figured I would go back to my reviewing and discuss a film that I would say is one of the top 5 scariest movies ever and is another Retro Review. So rev up for the review of the 1974 classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

                                     Story:
                             Texas Chainsaw Massacre is based on true events and is about five teenagers traveling through Texas and they decide to pick up an eccentric hitchhiker. After their encounter with this hitchhiker, they stop at a deserted place and end up getting picked off one by one by a masked killer known as Leatherface.

                              What I Liked About It:
                            Like with The Haunting, I loved how this film uses the technique where less is more. The genius of Texas Chainsaw Massacre is that it's a film with no gore and little blood, yet it is remembered as one of the goriest and bloodiest films of all time. That is because everything literally happens behind closed doors and your mind creates what happened and how these teenagers are being picked off. Not only is that what I liked about this film, but also because it takes you inside the world of the killers. Very rarely in a slasher film do we get a glimpse of what goes on in the mind or life of the antagonist and here we get quite a glimpse, and it's very disturbing. Plus, just on a side note, they say the film is based on a true story, but it is actually inspired by true events. In particular, Leatherface is based off of the infamous Wisconsin killer Ed Gein, who was also the inspiration for Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs and Norman Bates from Psycho.

                           Another thing that I liked was how most of the horror takes place in the daylight. Usually, slasher pics or horror films in general, take us to dark places and at night, but not the case here. I honestly thought it made the film even more terrifying, as the film is set in a warm bright sunny day with lots of horror taking place.

                           What I Didn't Like About It:
                           Nothing.

                           Consensus:
                         Overall, Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a nightmarish and psychological horror classic where the terror is set amidst the blazing Texas sun. If you're looking for a slasher film that's a gorefest from start to finish, look elsewhere, or watch the 2003 remake instead. But if you want a slasher film with more simplicity or just want a top-notch movie to watch on Halloween that'll scare the living daylights out of you, then I would definitely recommend watching this.

Rating: 5/5