THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE directed by Tobe Hooper (USA, 1974)
I am not an afficiando of horror. I never made it past the first level of ‘Saw ‘and only saw ‘The Exorcist’ when I was well into adulthood.
I like psychological thrillers in the Hitchcock mode bit go out of my way to avoid slasher movies or anything linked to Clive Barker. It’s not that I’m particularly squeamish or have a fear of suffering from nightmares. It is simply that I don’t see the point of watching movies where the main aim appears to be push the boundaries of good taste.
All this explains why, at the age of 55, and 40 years after it was made I have finally gotten to see The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (TCM). This movie, along with Driller Killer (which I still haven’t seen!) achieved notoriety when it was released but looks fairly tame now. Once it was banned and branded as a corrupting influence, now I can rent it from local library in a double-DVD box set complete with a booklet praising the film as a classic, groundbreaking work. View full article »