Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre After Forty Years

September 29, 2014 9:51 PM

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At their core movies are a visceral art form -- fueled by a sensory appreciation and fusion of a multitude of other disciplines. Certainly, film has the potential and the inclination to take shape around a number of other tenets and considerations -- narrative, theme, point of view -- but some of the most powerful and gripping among them achieve their lasting and affecting legacies through the integration of these considerations into a larger dynamic fabric. They work on multiple levels, and each is self-sustaining and satisfying on its own.

I was completely oblivious to and uninterested with these ideas when I first saw Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror staple The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I was around twelve and had reached the point when video store clerks were less concerned about what I attempted to rent or buy, so I was able to pick up a c...

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