7 Things That "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" Taught Us
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.
"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:
7 Things That “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” Taught Us
- To always look and possibly taking-cover is we hear the sound of a chainsaw running in a place where chainsaws are not common.
- To trust and avoid (at all costs) “people” who wear faces made from human flesh and buther’s aprons all of the time.
- Never get involved with people who are completely-obsessed with slaughter houses.
- To never look at R. Lee Ermy and Matthew McConoughey like we did before “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
- To cut-down on our meat consumption for dinner.
- 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.
- 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.