[Check out our discussion of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on the Really Awful Movies Podcast!]
Grainy, grisly, a reputation that precedes itself…
In this episode of the Really Awful Movies podcast, we revisit the harrowing classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, how we came to see the film and how we anticipated lots of gore rather than pulled punches. That doesn’t undermine the psychological horror of TCM…
We discuss the film’s original title, Headcheese and how the visceral movie works on the viewer on different levels. The mind fills in the gore blanks.
The classic 1974 horror was directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who co-wrote it with Kim Henkel.
Chainsaw stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar Hansen, who respectively portray Sally Hardesty, Franklin Hardesty, the hitchhiker, the proprietor, and Leatherface, the main antagonist and indelible horror villain.
The film follows a group of friends who fall victim to a family of cannibals while on their way to visit the old Hardesty homestead. Although the marketing campaign suggested that The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was based on a true story, its plot is entirely fictional; however, the character of Leatherface and minor plot details were inspired by the real-life crimes of cannibal murderer Ed Gein.
The Really Awful Movies team of Jeff and Chris break down the film’s weird family dynamics and talk about the excellent book Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World’s Most Notorious Horror Movie by the late Gunnar Hansen.
We also look at the state of Texas and its city VS rural demographics, portraying people with disabilities in movies and why Wisconsin produces so many serial killers.
The cliché of the hitchhiker, hillbilly horror films and how Gunnar Hansen was cast in the iconic role of Leatherface are among other topics covered.
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