Writing Bloody: An Ode to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) has a simple premise: Five friends drive out to where Sally and Franklin's grandparents used to live, in order to check out reports of grave robberies. It's when they continue the journey to visit their grandfather's house in the country, that the teens are hunted and terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals. Just the text at the beginning of the film combined with the soft reading by John Larroquette does what so many older movies did…create tension and fear with little gadget[...]