When I was 19 I saw 'Alien' and it messed me up. So I decided to do some exposure therapy. I watched every horror movie that I could. This movie messed me up for several days. But then I was stronger. And then I saw Evil Dead, and that messed me up. I will watch just about anything, except for 'A Serbian Film'. And so far I have not become a serial killer. How about that?
Raw and visceral filmmaking that stands the test of time and is every bit as frightening now with its 40th anniversary re-master than it was on the day it first screened. Despite a low budget, the camera work is gritty and unsettling and the sound design is pulsating, unnerving. The performances are campy and quite bizarre. The final sequence remains one of the most beautiful and terrifying endings to a horror film.
Grainy 16mm footage adds a layer of verisimilitude to what is otherwise a low-budget horror movie made on the cheap. "TCM" has lost some of the visceral power it once had over me, but it's clear the anxieties of its day - Watergate, Vietnam, energy crisis - are churning just below the surface. The film ascends into vision during its final twenty minutes, with the infamous dinner scene proving an unsettling highlight.
Holy crap. The first time I saw this movie, I was convinced, no two-ways about it, Tobe Hooper is absolutely balls-to-the-wall INSANE! Then I realized he was just a freakin' genius! Intense. Macabre. Savage. The epitome of 70's shock-cinema. Bob Burns' necro-designs put the movie on a whole different level. "Look what your brother did to the door!!!"
Tobe Hopper's infamous slasher classic is a ferociously disturbing tale of psychotic cannibals and really stupid teenagers. The carmera work really helps to create a grisly and eerie atmosphere. Simply put, this an unforgettable work of horror cinema.
40th anniversary re-master. Hooper's classic defining horror film is still the stuff of nightmares. Wildly upsetting and extreme upon release it's relative tameness now does not diminish its effect on the viewer. From the first closing of the steel door to the last shot of a screaming Burns and a twirling Leatherface this is still a terrifying experience. Hooper would never live up to the promise this film suggested.
Except when there's a lull for bondage, this movie cooks right along without trying to milk every single event for as long as possible as many later "slasher" movies do. Great use of lighting from headlights and flashlights. The movie edges toward Hicksploitation but really preys on city folk's fear of country folk.
one of the best horror movies i have ever seen, and i have never thought much of the slasher genre. a flawless work teeming with that honest seventies feel. this movie makes me want to reevaluate all my future actions with extreme caution. i probably shouldn't have watched it at night and alone. i have nothing but praise for this masterpiece!