Friday, July 17, 2009

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Tobe Hooper

TCM. Tri slova koja objašnjavaju mnogo toga - zar ne ? E, Ognjanović je danas postavio svoj rivju za ovaj horor nad hororima, pa stoga koristim ovu jedinstvenu priliku da kategoriji only good horror pridodam najbitniji naslov iz 70-ih, ako ne i najuticajniji horor film uopšte. Odličan rivju sa dosta eksluzive pročitajte na THE CULT OF GHOUL, a za one koji nekim suludim sticajem okolnosti nisu pogledali ovaj materpis, ili možda žele da ga repriziraju tu su i linkovi. Ed Geina i njegov nemerljivi uticaj na ovaj film i na horor žanr uopšte ovaj put neću pominjati, biće prilike za to kada na red dođu filmovi poput Deranged (1974).

"The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a 1974 American independent horror film directed by Tobe Hooper, and written collaboratively by Hooper and Kim Henkel. The film was presented as if the story actually happened, with the plot involving a group of friends on a road trip in rural Texas who are ambushed and murdered by a family of cannibals. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the first of six films that became a film franchise revolving around the character of Leatherface, portrayed by Hansen in this film.

Hooper initially took his inspiration from the Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein, as well as from the perceived lies from the American government when drafting his story. Producing on a budget estimated around $140,000, Hooper casted relatively unknown actors for his film, pulling mainly from the surrounding Texas area used for filming locations. Principal photography of the film took place between July 15 and August 14, 1973. When the film was completed, Hooper struggled to find a distributor for the film because of the graphic depiction of violence; when he did secure a distributor the MPAA gave the film an R-rating, instead of the PG-rating Hooper had intended.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was released by the Bryanston Distributing Company theatrically on October 1, 1974, but because of the content it was banned in several foreign markets. Initial critical reception of the film was mixed, receiving both praise and criticism regarding the atmosphere, story, characters, and graphic content. It however was a strong commercial success, grossing $30.8 million at the United States box office. Despite this reception, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has gained a reputation as one of the greatest and most influential horror films of all time, originating several topoi common in the slasher film genre, including the characterization of the killer as a large, hulking and faceless figure and the use of power tools, knives and blunt objects as murder weapons."




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