The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Also John Carpenter’s The Thing, which was called, literally, pornography.

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No. Unlike John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982), those films I named and TCM (1974) were reviewed as objectionable by what is seen then and when seeing them now there is a disconnect. Carpenter’s The Thing is as powerful as those examples BUT Rob Bottin’s creature effects are not thought now as “so little gore” and would be termed a “splatter” film even now only without the excoriation and outrage replaced by reverence and appreciation today.

I adore Thing 82. The crawling head, fuming corpses, tentacle dog abomination, and Bottin’s touch while not “pornography” is at a level past the other films mentioned and THAT is a compliment.

I first saw TCM74 when I was 11 or 12, thanks to a liberal video store clerk who was willing to ignore the rules and let a few kids rent such a movie. Fell in love with it immediately upon hearing the intro by Larroquette and it only got better from that point forward.

I’m on a travel contract working in Idaho at the moment, but I’ve been living in Texas since 2017, born and raised Okie before that. This movie and everything about it are such a touchstone for me based off how it looks, sounds, feels, and YES…smells(might be the only movie that I feel as if I can smell it). I’ve been watching either the whole thing or bits of it almost daily since being up here in Idaho, and I finally broke down and bought a 40th anniversary blu ray package to get the latest extras because when you love a movie this much you can’t just watch it, you have to study it! I need all the back stories from all parties involved. Can’t wait to get back to Texas so I can start a little Texas Chain Saw Massacre road trip and visit some sites and such.

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