The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ★★★★½

Part of Shlocktober 2017

This was the first time my wife witnessed Tobe Hopper's classic and she handled it like a trooper. She graciously indulgences in the horror genre during October and I figured this one might have freaked her out too much but nope, she finished it and we high fived afterwards like horror champs.

It had been a while since I'd seen the late Tobe Hooper's classic and with his passing this year, it felt apt to begin to close out Schlocktober with a dedicated screening. I remember seeing the remake in theatres back in 2003 (Wow! It seems like just yesterday) and thinking it was a solid, modern update but really, it pales in comparison to the original. The grit, the feeling of a filmmaker trying to make his mark as opposed to a studio run production, the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the quintessential fucked up horror movie. That family, the final girl, the 16mm production, the sheer uncomfortableness, still permeates to this day.

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