18 December 2014

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
84 min.
Directed by Tobe Hooper.
With Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Terri McGinn, Paul A. Partain, Jim Siedow, William Vail.
An unrelenting horror - and one of the supreme triumphs of low budget imagination.

A group of young people search out a family home in rural Texas...and inadvertently stumble on a clan of terrifying cannibals.

Disoriented and offguard, the bunch quickly find themselves easy meat at the hands of chainsaw wielding Leatherface.

Will pretty Sally Hardesty (Burns) manage to survive the grisly horror of these backwoods savages? Or will she get the hook?

Remains unparalleled on the disturbing meter, a most effective mood of musty animal decay and humid torture permeates throughout.

Stunning from the opening credits to its final hysteria addled climax, Chainsaw is Hooper's bonafide masterpiece: a classic nonstop ride through the hottest, rawest hell imaginable.

Influential to a fault, spawning more imitations, variations and rips than necessary. Buzz, buzz.

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