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.
Incredibly disturbing and just unpleasant to watch which I guess is why I kinda loved it. The visuals were surprisingly stunning and the moments of horror were pretty scary. Loved that there was an annoying character in a wheelchair, that was great. The dinner scene was also fantastic. God, I really didn't expect to but I have to admit I really thought this was a great movie.
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!!!"
Transcends its genre, budget, acting, technical aspects, everything that should and otherwise would have stopped it from being one of the best movies I have ever seen. The movie's grotesque milieu will drag you in, and before you know it, you are riveted to find out what the hell the next turn of events could possibly bring. "Massacre" proves a film doesn't have to be in good taste to be one of the best of all time.