In one of the most effective openings in history of genre, a horror slowly creeps beneath heat drained landscape - where news reports and drunkman's mumble are just facades of horrifying dismemberments between cultural and industrial progression and psychotic state of mind. And it's told in almost documentary way of storytelling, where no single minute is wasted and blood is no needed to unleash the terror.
Maybe it's an OCD thing but what I find most upsetting about TTCM is those rank chicken feathers. The film manages to tangibly evoke a space of utter abjection. The plot and characters do little for me, it's that house and its dilapidated interiors that stays with me.
Strangely I've never been a huge fan of this film... As a self proclaimed horror junkie I've never really understood the appeal of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". That being said I watched this film the best way possible in a theater full of horror fans and on an original 35 mm film print! In the end I found myself beginning to appreciate this film on a whole new level!
Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a pure exercise in terror. No deeper explanations for what transpires are explored and we know nothing about the characters outside of what we are shown in the 83 minutes. I am not in any hurry to see the film again and thus Tobe Hooper has unquestionably succeeded in what he set out to do - and that's to disgust, unsettle and terrify the viewer. Startling authenticity.
Una macabra sinfonia con un gran finale in crescendo, che da ormai 40 anni è una pietra miliare dei brividi lungo la schiena. Disturbante e psicologicamente forte, questo film riesce a spaventarvi senza le solite, scontatissime, scene di spavento improvviso. Provare per credere
Made with $20, very impressive and an informative DVD commentary for any aspiring low-budget filmmaker, Hooper's effects still work and are scary as ever. From the first frame (dead armadillo) you feel as if you are venturing into the land of no return. Very effective mood setting and unsettling characters (get a load of that hitchhiker?). The horrific tragedy of livestock.