A to Z – Texas Chainsaw Massacre


Last October after watching all the movies on TV before Halloween, I got the idea to do an A to Z on horror movies. I also have a story premise in the back of my head involving horror movies, so this fits into my research for that. So I’m going to talk about random horror movies.
 
First, I am no film critic, just a person who likes horror movies. And second, some of the posts may contain spoilers. So you have been warned.
 

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
 
IMDb Summary: Five friends visiting their grandpa’s old house are hunted down and terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.

 
Cheese factor: low
Gore factor: low
Creep factor: high
Could it happen? yes
 
TCM is another horror classic that most people have probably heard of. It’s been a while since I’ve seen this one, but I remember watching the original in high school. There’s been a number of remakes and sequels. And would you believe there is now a TCM 3D? I’m not sure if it’s the original or a sequel cause I haven’t seen it. But it’d be fun to see.
 
So here are some things about this movie.
 
It may surprise those who haven’t see TCM, that there isn’t a lot of blood and gore in this movie. It surprised me, especially with its reputation. But there isn’t. Maybe a little splattered, but that’s it.
 
Even though there isn’t much gore, there are many cringe-worthy scenes. Like when the girl stumbles into the room decorated with human bones and teeth all over the floor. And yet, she kept looking around the room rather than running. Of course, she died.
 
When the last girl alive is held captive by the cannibal family. She’s forced to sit at the dinner table while they eat and then they let a barely live Grandpa, who looks like a mummy, drink the blood from her cut finger. Ewwwww.
 
I have to admit, that scene was kinda funny though. They were trying to get Grandpa to kill her with a hammer and he could barely hold the thing without dropping it. You probably have to see it to appreciate the humor.
 
The one annoying thing about this movie is the screaming, screaming, and more screaming. The only character left alive at the end has to endure several chase scenes. And she won’t shut up during that time, and when she’s at the dinner table being forced to feed Grandpa her blood… she screams. Of course I probably would too.
 
Despite the endless screaming, I would recommend TCM. It’s totally creepy, and would be okay for those who can’t stand gore. So definitely check it out. Again with sequels, it’s hit or miss. I watched #2. What a flipping waste of time. Stupid, so stupid. But the original is a must see.
 
Have you seen any of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies? If you’ve seen the 3D version, let me know what it was like, cause I probably won’t pay the money to see it at the theaters.

6 Responses to “A to Z – Texas Chainsaw Massacre”

  1. This is another one I don’t remember if I actually saw it or just heard about it. I might have to check it out, especially since it doesn’t sound as gory as I always thought it would be.

  2. I saw this movie at a drive-in when I was a teenager and was scared to death. My husband tried talking me into the 3d, um no way!
    You did say it could happen didn’t you.? Oh my: (

  3. I think in the 70s it was less about the gore and more about the screaming. A terrible/loud musical cues.

  4. Oh, yes … it’s been a while, but I’ve seen at least one. Scary … you’re right about the blood though, guess the point is the anticipation of what might and eventually does happen.

    Silvia @ Silvia Writes

  5. I saw the remake and felt it was a waste of time. Slasher flicks are really only good for making fun of, in my opinion anyway. A lot these remakes tend to throw out the original story and go straight for the gore factor though.

  6. Dani says:

    I liked the remake better. Although it got all of its great scenes from the original.

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