The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Word to the wise. If you and your pals are ever thinking about driving to your old country-house that's situated out in the sticks, please don't pick up any weird Hitchhiker's (Edwin Neal) along the way. Honestly. Or otherwise this stuttering sleaze bag might turn nuts on you, and cut himself up for no apparent reason what so ever.
Furthermore, once you've dumped this cretin onto the side of the road, and finally reached your end destination, for the love of God, don't snoop around next door, or else you might end up like filet mignon.
I.e. Dead Meat.
Yeah. I'm not messing about! If you don't believe me just ask, Kirk, Pam, and Jerry (William Vail, Teri McMinn, and Allen Danziger). Because one by one, each of these young bucks venture into the aforementioned dark dwelling, and come to a grizzly demise thanks to the brute with a face of death, named 'Leatherface' (Gunnar Hansen).
Granted, there two un-roadworthy buddies, Sally and Franklin (Marilyn Burns and Paul A. Partain), don't know about their deaths straight away. No. I'm afraid not. They both wait until night falls first before they then start a snooping.
Still. That's most probably why what next transpires begins when a brute with a face of death rears his ugly head yet again. As Chainsaws go zoom - dinner spells doom - a getaway isn't easy - and please remember, the end of this film is rather wheezy.
Believe it or not, 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' has got an awful lot to answer for. Well, not only was this the flick that began the spatter house craze in the seventies, and inspired the likes of 'The Evil Dead' and 'The Hills Have Eyes' to be made. But in addition to this, folks, this was the flick that sh*t me up so bad when I was a kid, that it took me a bloody long time before I sat down and watched it once again.
Admittedly, now that I have, I don't think that it has that same zeal as I initially thought it did. Some of the actors felt a bit hammy in retrospect. Plus some of the 'effects' felt a bit nth rate too -- especially the Grandpa make-up.
Nonetheless, apart from these two little gripes, overall I honestly have to give kudos to this film for taking a genre, giving it its own spin, and then spawning a shed load of homage's in its wake.
Well, let's face it, how many times have you seen an adventure story where a group of kids venture out into the middle of nowhere, and then get killed by some spook or nut-job standing by?
A lot, right?
Yet, whilst saying that, I bet you've never seen many adventures where the camera-work and the basic premise was so gut wrenchingly emotional, that a shed load of movie makers have tried to copy it ever since. Also, what about the concept behind a family of cannibal's, huh? Because you don't come across very many movies were the bad guys are one part 'Beverly HillBillies', and one part 'Hannibal Lecter'.
Do you see what I'm driving at, folks? 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' came first. And it brought along with it the token bad-guy, the suspenseful and moody ambiance, plus the usual 'new kids on the block' who are about to be stabbed to pieces by whim of fate.
Now without a shadow of a doubt 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' is a film you have to watch before you die. Not only because it was the first of its kind. No. It's not just that. But because it will scare you, spook you, and ultimately suspend you into believing that fright is right. Ha!
THE RATING: A