The B-Movie Podcast: Tobe’s Chainsaw Masterpieces – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
October means one thing (other than pumpkin spice everything)… horror films! All month long we’re curating Horror-Themed double features. We move to our final double feature for the month and our farewell to a true Icon, Tobe Hopper. First up, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a high water mark and highly influential in horror. Its impact on horror can never be discounted. The film changed horror films forever. It is not the type of film we cover on the B-Movie podcast because of the love and acclaim it has gotten over the decades. BUT… we could not rightfully say goodbye to Tobe Hooper without discussing his seminal work. Rather than talk about Lifeforce (don’t worry guys it’s on the books to be discussed) or Poltergeist I thought it fitting that we discussed the film that made him the icon he is today. The film is every bit the masterpiece it was when it was released. Not only a masterpiece but the film has influenced every piece of horror cinema in the last forty plus years. Still as good, if not better, than it was when it was released. The film still holds all of its bite and then some. Many imitators but none have ever recreated the perfection that is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Sit back as we pay homage to one of the greats of the genre and by all accounts a gentleman and a scholar.
Release Year: 1974
Director: Tobe Hooper
Writer(s): Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper
Cast of Note: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, John Dugan, Gunnar Hansen
Narrated by: John Larroquette