The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ★★★★½

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the creepiest horror movies ever made. It’s a testament to the power of directing and cinematography, because it’s true that you don’t really care about the characters or the overarching story with the grave robbing. It’s disturbing because of its unflinching tone. It’s got a feel to it, a feeling of disgust and unrest. To put it quite bluntly in makes you feel like you are in hell. It feels sticky and hot and dirty, and most importantly disturbingly realistic. The fact that this COULD possibly happen, and similar crimes HAVE happened, is terrifying to me. People love to talk about Leatherface, and obviously he is terrifying, but if you’ve never seen this film you probably think he is the only villain. Actually Leatherface is only one of four villains, all of whom are fucking terrifying. The scariest scene for me involves one of the other villains driving in car, and completely losing his fucking mind. No spoilers but it involves a broom. If you’ve never seen Texas Chainsaw Massacre it’s a must watch. It’s a must watch simply to study how filmmakers establish tone. Plus, it’s great for Halloween.

Halloween 2020