The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

by James Rose
     
 

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No-one who has ever seen the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is ever likely to forget the experience. An intense fever dream (or nightmare), it is remarkable for its sense of sustained threat and depiction of an insane but nonetheless (dys)functional family on the furthest reaches of society who have regressed to cannibalism in the face of

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No-one who has ever seen the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is ever likely to forget the experience. An intense fever dream (or nightmare), it is remarkable for its sense of sustained threat and depiction of an insane but nonetheless (dys)functional family on the furthest reaches of society who have regressed to cannibalism in the face of economic hardship. As well as providing a summary of the making of the film, James Rose discusses the extraordinary censorship history of the film in the UK (essentially banned for two decades) and provides a detailed textual analysis of the film with particular reference to the concept of 'the Uncanny'. He also situates the film in the context of horror film criticism (the 'Final Girl' character) and discusses its influence and subsequent sequels and remakes.

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Editorial Reviews

HorrorTalk - Joel Harley
In-depth, elegant, focused.... Like any good film criticism/appreciation book, it leaves you wanting to revisit the movie as soon as possible.

Starburst Magazine - Martin Unsworth
You may think you know Hooper's film, but after reading this Devil's Advocate dissection you will look upon it in a whole new light.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906733643
Publisher:
Auteur
Publication date:
04/16/2013
Series:
Devil's Advocates Series
Pages:
105
Sales rank:
1,108,451
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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James Rose is the author of Beyond Hammer and Studying The Devil's Backbone (both Auteur, 2009).

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