Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre


First released to a shocked public in 1974, Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has a deserved reputation as a compelling part of a new wave of American horror film (alongside the likes of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Wes Craven's Last House on the Left). Terrifyingly dark and based (very loosely) on factual events, this controversial, brilliantly atmospheric, occasionally darkly funny film tells of the tragedy that befalls a group of five teenagers one summer afternoon. A blueprint for a generation of film-makers and undiminished by time, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the purest horror movies ever made.

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