The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) IMDb

Categorization

Slasher. There is no chainsaw massacre in it.

Subject

A large number of bodies have been unearthed and mutilated in a Texas cemetery. A couple of siblings who started life in the vicinity come driving down in a van, with three friends, to see if their relatives were disturbed. The brother of the pair is disabled and describes what he can remember of changing technologies on a local cattle farm: The butchers were replaced by more efficient machines. Speaking of which, the van runs a bit low on fuel. The first gas station they find has an empty reservoir, oil crisis and all... After rummaging through the old family manor, two of the travellers decide to ask the neighbours for gas, not noticing the bits of bone and broken clock in the surrounding trees.

Commentary

A large number of contemporary and traditional American horrors baked into a single film for excellent symbolism, with some predictable low-budget problems. Nightmarish soundtrack.

References here: True Detective (2014).

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Remake:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) IMDb

Commentary

The mercy killing and Leatherface at work with his sewing machine show an ambition to keep it realistic which fails on the whole. No glaring meta or comic relief, though on the other hand, there is wet-tank-top fan service.

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