Rick Worland, “Slaughtering the Genre Tradition: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ” And The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Director: Tobe Hooper “This film represented that the American family is the locus (particular position) of monstrosity and terror, which was most crucial and disturbing development of the genre in this period. “ Since horror has been traditionalized it now had to be redefined Classical traditions were carried out in prior horror films and now the genre was going through an experimental phase. The purpose of this film was to steer away from a supernatural foundation that we have seen in Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen . Instead of a single entity, it is a group of evil. Not something out of this world, but something very real, family. The opening sequence states a major theme – the grisly conversion of sexual energy into aggression and murder. We hear the gravedigger’s shovels hitting the dirt while they are heavily breathing. The flash of the hitchhiker’s camera represents the obsession with the desecration of humanity. Preserving the bodies for his satisfaction even further by saving the photos. There is not exploited sexuality in the film, not even with the cannibal family. All they want to do is capture and eat these kids. Sally even offers to do anything they want in exchange for her life, but they just want to torture and kill her There are some opening sequences that prove the inescapable atrocity that will fall upon this group of teenagers; the universe is completely against them on this day. The solar eclipse and the horror scope readings point to utter terror, the radio reporters are talking about the violence in societal America, and there is basically a social breakdown occurring all around them and death is inevitable. The Family The family is retaliating against the modernized technology for slaughtering cattle by butchering and eating young travelers associated with anti-war counterculture.
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