texas chainsaw massacre


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[...]


Slashers: Before Then, Then, and Now

This week's theme is slashers, so you'll read a tributes to our favorite villains and learn what makes a good slasher movie. As the first writer of the week, I decided to take the long view. What are the slasher's origins? What typified the slasher's heyday? How have filmmakers varied on the slasher theme since its inception? Let's take a look at slashers from before then to then to now. Before Then: The Slasher's Origins Slasher plots originated in the mystery genre as films where people were killed one by one until the killer was found. The Terror (1928): Gu[...]