Sunday, August 27, 2017

Favorites :: Behind the Scenes :: Nightmares Leech Into the Daylight :: Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

The one thing that always struck me about The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is how the vast majority of the film, and a lot of the murder and the mayhem, takes place during the light of day -- the complete antitheses of what you usually find in cinematic horror. And strangely enough, two of the most effective scenes in the film take place with the sun shining bright. The first is when Pam and Kirk run through the field of sunflowers, heading for the swimming hole, that I find truly haunting for some reason. Maybe it's because you know what's coming next? *shrug*. And the second, is when Pam approaches the house, looking for Kirk, in that low tracking shot. And just like with what Romero did in the opening cemetery shot in Night of the Living Dead (1968), Hooper reinforced the notion that we are no longer safe anywhere, day or night.

Tobe Hooper

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