in about 100 words or less
US 84m, Colour
Director: Tobe Hooper; Cast: Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen, Teri McMinn
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is heralded as the original slasher film, which may be noteworthy, but not necessarily a good thing. Following a group of teenaged friends to their deaths, the film remains a grisly affair that was monstrous in its day. Lacking any plot, the deaths of its cast have no meaning, as the characters serve only as bodies for the purpose of the film’s disturbingly brutal events. The grainy low quality and colour of the film, combined with the filthy realistic sets and minimalist soundtrack do well to create a nightmarish atmosphere, particularly as the horrors are filmed in broad daylight. Perhaps the only thing more shocking than the film itself, is the fact that so many jaded fans of the genre have come to see this as a tedious affair, and continued to search for ever greater forms of torture as entertainment (Klaus Ming January 2015).