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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Unrivalled in its relentless vision of pure terror, Tobe Hooper’s horror masterpiece remains as brutal and horrific as it ever was.
Director: Tobe Hooper
Still unrivalled in its relentless vision of pure terror, Tobe Hooper’s vérité masterpiece remains as brutal and horrific as it ever was. Taking the relatively simple story of a gang of young innocents who fall victim to the cannibalistic urges of a family of meat farmers residing in the oppressive heat of rural Texas, then injecting it with a lethal dose of jet black humour, Hooper transformed his simple concept into a politically savvy, satirical thrill ride that defined a genre.
Painstakingly restored frame-by-frame from the 16mm film on which it was originally shot, this glorious 40th-anniversary restoration renders Hooper’s vision with razor (or should that be chainsaw?) sharp clarity. But fear not exploitation fans, the exquisite details of the cinematography may be crystal clear, but the scuzzy hues of 70s horror cinema are as apparent as ever.