Movie Review: Texas Chainsaw 3D Leaves Little to the Imagination

Full disclosure: I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 Texas Chain Saw Massacre, a film that’s admirable as a grindhouse provocation for meat-eating gorehounds but doesn’t quite hold up nowadays in terms of suspense or terror. (Hooper did way better work on that score with Poltergeist and The Funhouse.) But it obviously worked for millions of people, what with it being one of the seminal horror flicks of all time and effectively kickstarting the slasher genre and whatnot. And certain images from it still have a creepy resonance: the way Hooper’s camera dwelled on the bodies of the young cast, for example, a kind of metaphorical, visual cannibalism that echoed the actual cannibalism of the plot. Read More...


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