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PODCAST 365: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

This week the Horror Crew do a send off to Slaughter Film with a true classic, Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. They dive deep into the inspiration of the film, behind scenes trivia and the films lasting influence.

Cory also chats about the new Child's Play, which is different in a good way, but far from perfect. Rhiannon admires skin art, and Forest "writes for the school paper".


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  • 00:00 - Introduction & News
  • 20:35 - "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
  • 1:43:50 - Know Your Horror Trivia
  • 1:48:00 - Comments & Conclusion




Blake Matthews said...

Five dead bodies? That's not a "chainsaw massacre!" That's not even a "Chainsaw Disturbance!" Five dead bodies is a "Texas Chainsaw Inconvenience!"

Two interesting quotes from 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting about TCM:

"Tobe Hooper takes as few prisoners here as Wes Craven would three years later, and taking in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is so discomfiting an experience that I’m not a bit surprised that many viewers come away with the impression that it is far more graphically violent than is actually the case."

And about the 2003 remake: "Finally, and of the greatest importance, the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre is safe. A friend of mine, after hearing a teenage coworker talking glowingly of this film, lent her a copy of the original— which, by the way, the teenager hadn’t even known existed. The younger girl found the 70’s version so upsetting to watch that she refused to speak to my friend at work the next day. If that doesn’t sum up perfectly the difference between the two movies, then I don’t know what would."

Joel Champ said...

Great episode. Child's Play 1 and 2 are really well made films and the most unique of that genre. Child's Play 3 is were it started to feather out into a really weak franchise in the same way Puppet Master did. And by trying to reinvent these franchises they are basically making a mockery out of my favourite monsters, like Freddy turning comical.

As for Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the 2003 remake was great, great acting and had a good textured film feel to it and a cool leatherface. Least favourite remake is TCN 3D, that was no good for me. I remember a story about Tobe Hooper when he was trying to sling around the idea for the film. He snuck onto the set of Lovin' Molly and took some chicken from the cast and crew lunch table, Stephen Friedman told him to put the chicken back and get off the set.

I think the films lack of blood and lack of music is the reason for the doco feel, they use more environment sounds. The choice of angles are thought out, whether through pre-production or just past film education. Especially when you look at the chase scene through the bushes which looks like a small area used over and over again with different angles and actor blocking.

Funnily enough, one of the scariest scenes suspense wise, is when nothing happens, when the main actress waits in the petrol station after getting chased by Leatherface. The silence is almost horrifying. She finally has a moment to breath but she can't stop looking at the open door waiting for him to come charging in with his chainsaw.

Thanks for the review,

Joel Champ said...

Also, happy birthday Corey, hope you have a good day. And everybody enjoy their break. I'm working on my new film so hopefully I have something to show you by the time you get back.