The October Horror Binge continued tonight with what many consider one of the most influential horror films of all time. The film that helped create the genre of slasher films that included giant, faceless hulking beasts as killers: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre featured the killer known as Leatherface and a severely creepy film that is listed as “based on true events” though that it not actually true. I mean, the story is fiction, but Leatherface himself is said to be based on serial killer Ed Gein.
The film has a realistic feel to it as it does not seem to be a studio movie. The actors feel as if they are just kids coming across this monstrous killer and the whole film has a documentary type vibe going down. That creates even more terror than something that is slick and perfect.
What is even more frightening is that this is something that could happen. Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers are all characters that have some kind of supernatural/mystical binge to them, but Leatherface is basically a crazed cannibal in a mask with a chainsaw. That is something that could happen.
And then it becomes so bat shit crazy that the horror really grips you. The whole Grandpa bit was about as creepy as I could stand. I had never seen this movie before and the portrayals of these crazy villains were not what I had expected. Even Leatherface was one of the more original creatures you would ever see.
And all of that screaming. And those extreme close ups. Man, it is an unnerving film and I can see why it was controversial.
I found it somewhat unsatisfactory at the end because I was invested in seeing this weirdo family get what was coming to them and I only got a little of that. Again, it is very much like other horror movies that do not end with a happy ending. And truthfully, there was a survivor.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is not a film that I would want to watch on a regular basis, but I did appreciate seeing the classic film during this binge.