Saturday, August 23, 2008
Tobe Hooper, The Man, The Myth, The Legend
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is really, truly, one of the best films ever made. It captures the true essence of a nightmare. Come on, you've all had this scenario play out in your unconscious mind: trapped in an unfamiliar location, stalked by a relentless, unreasonable force set on ending your terrestrial existence with a powertool. Plus, there is social commentary on a par with George Romero's original Night of the Living Dead: family run slaughterhouses and ranchers are run out by cut-rate meat packers and the factory-food machine! All Amebix fans and vegan hardcore punx should run right out and watch this film! Plus, it's a pretty accurate depiction of the Wisconsin-based serial killer Ed Gein's sartorial and decorative sensibility, if nothing else! In all seriousness, though, the pacing, editing, camerawork, et al is fantanstic, and Tobe Hooper's original score is the kind of authentic Industrial time-lag accumulator type shit that TG would produce two years down the line. What I have done here is to gild the lily, so to speak: I remixed and grabbed pieces of the O.S.T, and created new dark-ambient pieces from them. Please watch the original film! It'll scare the hell out of you, and make you think.