7 Things That "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" Taught Us

"Leather Face"
"Leather Face"

Hit it, Frank. "1974 . . .it was a very good year"

1974 was a fine year for slasher films, namely “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” This modern-horror film was based on a true story of a group of friends juking-along, being young and suddenly, as predictability goes, they experience vehicle problems. Gasp!

The rest of the film is easy to foresee even if you are a first-time viewer. The pretty girl, one of the traveling young people, gets taken hostage and from there it is a “slasher and mouse game” of on-the-edge survival. Throw in plenty of blood, gore, and good old-fashioned violence, and you have yourself a blockbuster-of-a-film that grossed the producers, directors, and crew a wheelbarrow (or two) of cold cash. Only in America.

Credit to this film's success goes to the pretty girl who is captured and almost loses her mind
Credit to this film's success goes to the pretty girl who is captured and almost loses her mind

"Leather Face": now a household word

To add to the celebration (back then) when “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” was going wide-open, add the lead slasher, “Leather Face,” who was made a cult hero in just a short time. Posters were sold by the truckload of his insane maniac, I had to be redundant here in order to make my point.

Now it’s 2014. And people are still watching the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and remake featuring Jessica Beal and other knock-off’s that just didn’t have the horror, cheap scripts, and gushing blood to experience monetary-success.

Do not fear. I studied this film, and lo and behold, there is something else to be considered. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” gave us innocent, non-traveling-in-strange-Texas-towns, something positive and helpful. Here is what I discovered:

If you love horror, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is your type of film
If you love horror, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is your type of film | Source
First film and poster
First film and poster
"Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake
"Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake

7 Things That “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” Taught Us

  1. To always look and possibly taking-cover is we hear the sound of a chainsaw running in a place where chainsaws are not common.
  2. To trust and avoid (at all costs) “people” who wear faces made from human flesh and buther’s aprons all of the time.
  3. Never get involved with people who are completely-obsessed with slaughter houses.
  4. To never look at R. Lee Ermy and Matthew McConoughey like we did before “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
  5. To cut-down on our meat consumption for dinner.
  6. If we get stranded in an out-of-the-way place in Texas or anywhere and we find an old run-down house—and after knocking on the front door for more than five minutes, just leave. Walking is your best bet.
  7. Never ride with groups of friends when asked, “Where are we?” And they goofily reply, “Uhhh, I dunno.”

Coming (When I get the nerve): One of my last lengthy hubs.

“Sob!”

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Comments 13 comments

sheilamyers 2 years ago

Very funny the things we learn from movies, but so very true.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Dear sheilamyers, on Nov. 2, 8:45 cst

You are right. Even now, years after this film was released, anyone can just start a chainsaw and I am in the house under my bed.

And woe be to the stupid freak who tries to come in after me.

Thank you, dear friend, for always making me smile.


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colorfulone 2 years ago from Minnesota

Ken, for sure those are the most important things we learned from the movie. Thank you for highlighting those points.

Its been ages since I watched that film. It was a thriller in it's time, and still is.


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

This is so true. If I'm ever in a slasher film, I know which hub to turn to for smart advice!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

colorfulone,

You have a colorful name.

Oh, thank you for your sweet comment. I feel as if I have performed a public service.

You are right about it still being popular.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

vkwok,

You got it, my friend. And I need an autograph and a poster too.

And to think. One of my friends appearing in a modern slasher film: "The Hawaii Wild Pig Who Ran Off Tourists," certainly a horror in itself.


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Nikkij504gurl 2 years ago from Louisiana

Indeed those are some good points. and i love horror flicks like these, the classics and the remakes but not always so much the remakes for they try to do too many of them. Like come on people, be original!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Nikkij504gurl,

Nice to meet you. And I agree with you. The original "Mummy," "Psycho," and such are classic! The remakes, such as Friday, the 13th, are NOT as good as the first films.

Thanks for your input and I appreciate you.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Nikkij504gurl,

Nice to meet you. And I agree with you. The original "Mummy," "Psycho," and such are classic! The remakes, such as Friday, the 13th, are NOT as good as the first films.

Thanks for your input and I appreciate you.


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Tiffanyapril 2 years ago from Michigan

Hi Kenneth Avery,

I hope you and your family are well.

Cute and different! Blessings.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

TiffanyApril,

Hey, how are you. How are things in Michigan? I am sorry that the Wolverines fired Hoke, but hopefully, help is on the way.

I haven't heard from you in awhile.

Thanks for your comment.

And to You and yours, Merry CHRISTmas.


tiffanyaprilgriff 2 years ago

Hi Kenneth Avery,

I tried to email you a few times. I am sorry you did not recieved them.

I had a lot going in my life. Through faith I made it.

I don't know what I did wrong. I do not mean to be rude. Regardless of what you hear of me, don't judge me. I know you have not.

God Bless you and your family.

Merry Christmas,

Tiffany April Griffin


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear tiffany,

I apreciate you telling me this. Simply go to my profile page, look toward the middle of page, where it says Send Kenneth an Email, click it and you will see the inside in blue, "Send Kenneth an email," again. Then write what you want, then solve the numerical code and hit send. The email program I use to get notifications will let me know you have mailed me.

NO. I am not your judge or anyone else. I would think that we are friends.

You did nothing wrong to me EVER. What are you talking about?

And God bless you.

Email me ASAP and Merry CHRISTmas.

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