The Texas Chainsaw Massacre details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Marilyn Burns, William Vail, Allen Danziger, Gunnar Hansen|
|Studio:||BLUE DOLPHIN FILM AND VIDEO|
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
|Run time:||1 hour 20 minutes|
|Rental release:||16 Nov 2009|
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Texas Script MassacreBy MapleTreeWizard (11 reviews) from Lincoln , 04 Apr 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Have you ever watched a film and gotten so fed up with the hero/heroine, that you find yourself rooting for the bad guys? Just like Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, youll soon realise that trying to relate to the good guys isnt going to work, because most of them are just too irritating. So where did it all go wrong?
1. Possibly the worst script ever - apart from the derisible 9 Songs. Ive heard more intelligent dialogue in an episode of Scooby-Doo.
2. The most annoying characters you could imagine. Out of all of them, Franklin is the worst - his constant whining throughout the film is not ended soon enough (although I wont give away the plot, even though there isnt one) - I preferred the company of the mad hitchhiker.
3. The music. There is an unwritten law which states that all 70s horror films must contain terrible fingernails down a blackboard music. If you ask me, no music at all produces far more tension.
4. The camera angles. Were talking This Life meets Blair Witch - in other words, a drunkard runs upwards on a downwards escalator holding a camera in one hand and a bottle of Scotch in the other.
5. Unashamed stereotyping. Apparently, everyone in Texas is either an intensely irritating teenager or an in-bred psycho hillbilly. Please make way, as I rush to book my flight to Dallas tomorrow
6. Too long - could have sawn off (pun intended) 90 minutes at least.
7. The climax. A frankly bizarre final fifteen minutes, featuring an old guy covered in very bad papier mache (leftover from a primary school project, perhaps?) trying to bonk someone on the head with a hammer.
The only bit worth watching is an unintentionally hilarious moment - a girl is heard screaming Make it stop - Ill do anything! over and over again. I couldnt help but agree with her, really.
This is without doubt the most awful, overrated film of all time (beating 28 Days Later into a close second). Similar to A Clockwork Orange, a film is banned (and must therefore be controversial but brilliant), everyone is told it is amazing by film critics, but in the end, disappointment is inevitable. If I have endure another minute of this on TV or DVD, Ill probably find myself running down the road wildly waving my Black & Decker above my head! Apart from that, its brilliant!
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Grandfather of all horror films.By a customer , 13 Oct 2013I saw this film at the cinema when it was re-released back in 2003 and what a film. People seem to watch the film and think it was good and that's it but I urge people to watch it again... now. It is so shocking and disturbing. It has been almost 40 yrs since this was made and there have been many, many awful films trying to recreate the terror but have never succeeded. The Grandfather off all horror films.
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Unrelenting terror!By CHRISTOBEN (131 reviews) from Loughborough , 11 Mar 2013Not the greatest horror film of all time but certainly one of the most influential! It has many faults but for unrelenting claustrophobic terror there can be few films that come anywhere near it. I suppose that anyone who has become accustomed to modern horrors, with slick production values, good-looking actors and computer generated special effects it all seems rather amateurish and old-fashioned - indeed, there is less blood and gore than can be seen in many tv programmes nowadays. But it is the raw, earthy feel to the film that makes it so powerful - it is almost like a documentary at times and the fact that the actors are unknowns helps with the realism! Most of the violence is implied yet somehow that works in it's favour and the end result is a terrifying nightmare that shocked a generation.
So perfectly 70sBy CurtainShrew (27 reviews) from Redditch , 15 Dec 2012I rented this because it is a classic! I've recently realised that I haven't seen a good number of classic must-see horror films and thought I'd begin with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I rented this not expecting to be blown away, instead anticipating 70s horror cheese, which there was plenty of. This film won't shock you (except for the bad acting) like a modern film might but this is the origin of so many contemporary films and should be treated with respect! Even if you don't enjoy it as a horror film it is good to watch for the (now) cheesey close up eye shots, bad hair and terrible shreaking. If it doesn't make you scream it will at least make you laugh!
An everyday tale of country folkBy MattMunro (13 reviews) , 27 Oct 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI think some of the reviewers here, probably because of their age, are missing the point of this film. This film was not released at a 'low point in cinema history'. The early 70s were a golden age of cinema, have you never heard of new hollywood (Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Nicholson, all emerged in this period) ? Nor was this film supposed to be big budget horror feature. I think the unknown cast/producer/director are evidence of that. This film was groundbreaking, the reason it seems cliched is because what it did has been done many time since, this was the original. What Keith Richards is to rock and roll, TCSM is to horror. Having got that off my chest, here is my review:
I first saw this film in the early 1980s, when it was already notorious, I have seen it once since but having caught the remake recently, and it being halloween, I thought I'd go back and watch the original again, I wasn't disappointed.
The tension builds right from the opening scenes, and keeps on building until it explodes in a scene which I think is among the most disturbing in cinema, when the first 2 victims meet leatherface. From there we descend into complete madness, with tension maintained by the creepy noises, jerky, strange camera angles and the lurking menace of the setting. There is less violence than you think you've seen, and very little gore, with much of the horror being in the imagining of what happens off screen. The film has the unnerving atmosphere of a bad dream, with the nightmarish logic reaching its peak in the infamous 'dinner party' scene. The ending is almost a relief from the assault on the senses that makes it a genuine horror film.
Layers of meaning have been placed on aspects of TCSM since it's release, and I viewed it with some of them in mind:
Is it a commentary on Watergate era politics ? The publicity claiming it was a true story, could be a swipe at disinformation and no one knowing exactly what's going on in the (white) farm house is a central to the plot.
Is it a comment on the alienation of white working class america as de-industrialization began to bite - I would say yes, decay and death are present throughout both literally and in the slow death of the local town
Is it a comment on feminism ? TCSM is often credited as being the first film with the last woman standing device. The antagonist is male, as are all his accomplices. Ok, but some of the victims are male and you could argue that men are invariably the bad guys in all film genres.
I thought it more significant that the last woman was also the only woman in a family so completely devoid of any feminine influence. Leatherface playing mother in the dinner party scene drives this point home. Feminism, as a driving force in the break up the nuclear family is also a cause of the breakdown in social order which follows. You could take this or any of the above as messages. It seems unlikely to me that they were all intended, I think they just wanted to scare the crap out of the audience, and they achieved it.
Ground breakingBy a customer , 11 Jun 2012This is a film that has had a lasting impact on the world of cinema. The gritty faux-doc style, its reliance on implied violence and the way in which tension is created through the challaning of universal taboos are all traits that we see in cinema to this day; the Blair Witch being the most obvious example.
Is the film trying to say something? There hqave been essayists that speak of its critique of feminism, or that it is an eminant for shadowing of the yuppie conquering the hippie. I've even seen it pitched a prelude to the Wire in its focus on the demise and abandonment of the american working class. Take from it what you will - its never going to be entirely clear if these were in the producers thoughts.
It is undoubtably a fantastic horror film - perhaps the best. It has infinitely more charm than any horror made this decade, and more orriginality in its style and approach than any horror I can think off.
It's dificult to imagine being a film buff and not having seen this film - take from it what you will, and don't go in looking for hollywood horror. There's a lot more to it than that.
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